新加 I looked a little surprised at the last of his discourse, andturning a little short, "How, sir," said I, "can it be said that weare not in the way of God's blessing, after such visibleassistances and deliverances as we have seen here, and of which Ihave given you a large account?" "If you had pleased, sir," saidhe, with a world of modesty, and yet great readiness, "to haveheard me, you would have found no room to have been displeased,much less to think so hard of me, that I should suggest that youhave not had wonderful assistances and deliverances; and I hope, onyour behalf, that you are in the way of God's blessing, and yourdesign is exceeding good, and will prosper. But, sir, though itwere more so than is even possible to you, yet there may be someamong you that are not equally right in their actions: and youknow that in the story of the children of Israel, one Achan in thecamp removed God's blessing from them, and turned His hand soagainst them, that six-and-thirty of them, though not concerned inthe crime, were the objects of divine vengeance, and bore theweight of that punishment."
坡金新加坡金沙华沙华I was now alone in a most remote part of the world, for I was nearthree thousand leagues by sea farther off from England than I wasat my island; only, it is true, I might travel here by land overthe Great Mogul's country to Surat, might go from thence to Bassoraby sea, up the Gulf of Persia, and take the way of the caravans,over the desert of Arabia, to Aleppo and Scanderoon; from thence bysea again to Italy, and so overland into France. I had another waybefore me, which was to wait for some English ships, which werecoming to Bengal from Achin, on the island of Sumatra, and getpassage on board them from England. But as I came hither withoutany concern with the East Indian Company, so it would be difficultto go from hence without their licence, unless with great favour ofthe captains of the ships, or the company's factors: and to both Iwas an utter stranger.
新加坡金Here I had the mortification to see the ship set sail without me;however, my nephew left me two servants, or rather one companionand one servant; the first was clerk to the purser, whom he engagedto go with me, and the other was his own servant. I then took agood lodging in the house of an Englishwoman, where severalmerchants lodged, some French, two Italians, or rather Jews, andone Englishman. Here I stayed above nine months, considering whatcourse to take. I had some English goods with me of value, and aconsiderable sum of money; my nephew furnishing me with a thousandpieces of eight, and a letter of credit for more if I had occasion,that I might not be straitened, whatever might happen. I quicklydisposed of my goods to advantage; and, as I originally intended, Ibought here some very good diamonds, which, of all other things,were the most proper for me in my present circumstances, because Icould always carry my whole estate about me.新加坡金沙华沙华新加During my stay here many proposals were made for my return toEngland, but none falling out to my mind, the English merchant wholodged with me, and whom I had contracted an intimate acquaintancewith, came to me one morning, saying: "Countryman, I have aproject to communicate, which, as it suits with my thoughts, may,for aught I know, suit with yours also, when you shall havethoroughly considered it. Here we are posted, you by accident andI by my own choice, in a part of the world very remote from our owncountry; but it is in a country where, by us who understand tradeand business, a great deal of money is to be got. If you will putone thousand pounds to my one thousand pounds, we will hire a shiphere, the first we can get to our minds. You shall be captain,I'll be merchant, and we'll go a trading voyage to China; for whatshould we stand still for? The whole world is in motion; whyshould we be idle?"坡金
沙华I liked this proposal very well; and the more so because it seemedto be expressed with so much goodwill. In my loose, unhingedcircumstances, I was the fitter to embrace a proposal for trade, orindeed anything else. I might perhaps say with some truth, that iftrade was not my element, rambling was; and no proposal for seeingany part of the world which I had never seen before could possiblycome amiss to me. It was, however, some time before we could get aship to our minds, and when we had got a vessel, it was not easy toget English sailors - that is to say, so many as were necessary togovern the voyage and manage the sailors which we should pick upthere. After some time we got a mate, a boatswain, and a gunner,English; a Dutch carpenter, and three foremast men. With these wefound we could do well enough, having Indian seamen, such as theywere, to make up.新加坡金I looked upon their case to have been worse at this time than minewas at any time, after I first discovered the grains of barley andrice, and got into the manner of planting and raising my corn, andmy tame cattle; for now they had, as I may say, a hundred wolvesupon the island, which would devour everything they could come at,yet could be hardly come at themselves.详情