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master's pack, the favage monster would often knock hin off; and sometimes too with ihe handle of his hatchet. Several ugly marks, indented in his head by the crucl Indians, at that tender age, are still plainly to be seen.
14. At length we arrived at Crown Point, and took up our quarters there, for the space of near a week. In the mean time, some of the Indians went to Montreal, and took several of the weary captives along with them, with a view of felling them to the French. They did not fucceed, however, in finding a market for any of them.
15. They gave my youngeft daughter to the governor, de Vaudreuil, had a drunken frolic, and returned again to Crown Point, with the rest of their prisoners. From hence we set off for St. John's, in four or tave eanoes, just as night was coming on, and were foon furrounded with darkness.
16. A heavy storm hung over us. The found of the rolling thunder was very terrible upon the waters, which at every flash of expanfive lightning seemed to be all in a blaze. Yet to this we were indebted for all the light we enjoyed. No object could we discern any longer than the flashes lasted.
17. In this posture ie failed in our open tottering canoes, almost the whole of that dreary night. The niorning indeed had not yet begun to dawn, when we all went ashore'; and having collected a heap of fand and gravel for a pillow, I laid myself down, with my tender infant by my fide, not knowing where any of my other children were, or what a miserable condition they might be in.
18. The next day, however, under the wing of that ever-present and all-powerful Providence, which had preferved us through the darkness and imminent dangers of the preceding night, we all arrived in safety at St. John's.
19. Our next movement was to St. François, tbe metropolis, if I may
fo call it, to which the Indians, who led us captive, belonged. Soon after our arrival at that wretched capital, a council, consisting of the chief Sachem, and fome' principal warriors of the St. François tribe, was convened ; and after the ceremonies usual on fach occasiops were over, I was conducter and delivered to an old squaw, whom the Indians told me I must call
My infant still continued to be the property of its wriginal Indian owners. I was nevertheless permitted to kecp) it with me a while longer, for the sake of faving them the trouble of looking after it. When the weather began to grow cold, shuddering at the prospect of approaching winter, I acquainted my new mother, that I did not think it would be poisible for me to endure it, if I must spend it with her, and fare as the Indians did.
21. Listening to my repeated and cannot folicitations, that I might be disposed or among lume of the French in. habitants of Canada, she at length set of with me and my infant, attended by some male Indians, upon a journey to Montreal, in hopes of finding a market for më there. the attempt proved unsuccessful, and the journey tedious indeed.
Our provision was so scanty as well as insipid and unsavory; the weather was so cold, and the travelling fo very bad, that it often seemed as if I must have perished on
23. While we were at Montreal, we went into the house of a certain French gentleinan, whose lady being sent for, and coming into the room where I was, to examine me, seeing I had an infant, exclaimed with an oath, “ I will not bay a woman who has a child to look after."
There was a swill-pail standing near me, in which I observed some crusts and crumbs of bread swimming on the surface of the greafy liquor it contained. Sorely pinched with hunger, I ikimmed thein off with my hands, and ate them; and this was all the refreshment which the house afforded me.
25. Somewhere in the course of this visit to Montreal, my Indian mother was so unfortunate as to catch the smallpox, of-which distemper she died, foon after our return, which was by water, to St. François. And now came on the season when the Indians began to prepare for a win. ter's hunt.
26. I was ordered to return my poor child to those of them who still claimed it as their property. This was a fevere trial. The babe clung to my bofom with all its might; but I was obliged to pluck it thence, and deliver ist, Tasieking and screaming, enough to penetrate a he:
itone, into the hands of thofe unfeeling wretches, whose ten. der mercies may be termed cruel.
27. It was foon carried off by a hunting party of those Indians, to a place called Mehiškow, at the lower end of Lake Champlain, whither, in about a month after, it was my fortune to follow them. And here I found it, it is true, but in a condition that afforded me no great fatisfaction ; it being greatly emaciated and almost starved.
28. I took it in my arms, put its face to mine, and it instantly bit me with such violence, that it seemed as if I must have parted with a piece of my cheek. I was permitted to lodge with it that, and the two following nights; but every morning that intervened, the Indians, I suppose on purpose to torment me, sent me away to another wigwam, which food at a little distance, though not so far from the one in which my distreffed infant was confined, but that I could plainly hear its incessant cries, and heartrending lamentations.
29 In this deplorable condition, I was obliged to take my leave of it, on the morning of the third day after my ar. rival at the place. We moved down the lake several mies the same day; and the night following was remarkable on account of the great earthquake which terribly shook that howling wilderness.
30. Among the islands hereabouts, we fpent the winter season, often shifting our quarters, and roving about from une place to another ; our family consisting of three perfons only, beside myself, viz. my late mother's daughter, wnom therefore I called my lifter, her fanhop, and a pap. poose.
31. They once left me alone two dismal nights; and when they returned to me again, perceiving them (nrile at each other, I asked what is the matter? They replied, that two of my children were no more. One of which, they said, died a natural death, and the other was knocked on the head.
32. I did not utter many words, but my heart was forely pained within me, and my mind exceedingly troubled with strange and awful ideas. I often imagined, for instance, that I plainly saw the naked carcasses of my deceafed children hanging upon the limbs of the trees, as the In
dians are wont to hang the raw hides of those beasts which they take in hunting.
33. It was not long, however, before it was so ordered by kind Providence, that I should be relieved in a good measure from those horrid imaginations ; for as I was walking one day upon the ice, observing a smoke at some dir. tance upon the land, it must proceed, thought I, from the fire of some Indian hut ; and who knows but some one of my poor children may
be there. 34. My curiosity, thus excited, led me to the place, and there I found my son Caleb, a little boy between two and three years old, whom I had lately buried, in sentiment at leaft; or rather imagined to have been deprived of life, and perhaps also denied a decent grave.
35. I found him likcwise in tolerable health and circumstances, under the protection of a fond Indian mother; and moreover had the happiness of lodging with him in my arms one joyful night. Again we shifted our quarters, and when we had travelled eight or ten miles upon the snows and ice, came to a place where the Indians manufactured sugar which they extracted from the maple trecs.
36. Here an Indian came to visit us, whom I knew, and svho could speak English. He asked me why I did not go to see my son Squire. I replied that I had lately been informed that he was dead. He assured me that he was yet alive, and but two or three miles off, on the opposite side of the Lake.
37. At my request, he gave me the best directions he could to the place of his abode. I resolved to embrace the first opportunity that offered of endeavouring to search it out. While I was busy in contemplating this affair, the Indians cbtained a little bread, of which they gave me a small share.
38. I did not talie a morsel of it myself, but laved it all for my poor child, if I lould be so lucky as to find him. At length, having obtained of my keepers leave to be absent for one day, I set off early in the morning, and steering, as well as I could, according to the directions which the friendly Indian had given me, I quickly found the place, which he had fo accurately marked out.
39. I beheld, as I drew nigh; my little son without the camp ; but he looked, thought 1, like a starred and mangy Q
puppy, that had been wallowing in the ashes. I took him in my arms, and he spoke to me these words, in the Indian tongue ; Mother, are you come ?"
40. I took him into the wigwam with me, and observ.. ing a number of Indian children in it, I distributed all the bread which I had reserved for my own child, among
them all ; otherwise I should have given great offence.
41. My little boy appeared to be very fond of his new mother, kept as near me as possible while I stayed ; and when I told him I must go, he fell as though he had been knocked down with a club.
42. · But having recommended him to the care of Him who made him, when the day was far spent, and the time would permit nie to stay no longer, I departed, you may well suppose, with a heavy load at my heart. The tidings I had received of the death of my youngest child had, a little before, been confirmed to me beyond a doubt ; but I could not mourn so heartily for the deceased, as for the living child.
43. When the winter broke up, we removed to St. John's ; and through the ensuing summer, our principal residence was at no great distance from the fort at that place. In the mean time, however, my sister's husband having been out with a scouting party to some of the English settlements, had a drunken frolic at the fort, when he returned.
His wife, who never got drunk, but had often experienced the ill effects of her busband's intemperance, fearing what the consequence might prove, if he should come home in a morose and turbulent humor, to avoid his infolence, proposed that we should both retire, and keep out of the reach of it, until the storm abated.
45. We absconded accordingly ; but so it happened, that I returned, and ventured into his presence, before his wife had prefumed to come nigh him. I found him in his wigwam, and in a surly mood; and not being able co revenge upon his wife, because she was not at home, he laid hold of me, and' hurried me to the fort ; and, for a trifling consideration, sold me to a French gentleman, whose name was Saccapee.
46. It is an ill wind certainly that blows nobody any good. I had been with the Indians a year lacking so steen