I began to occupy my house on the 4th of July, as soon as it was boarded
and roofed, for the boards
were carefully feather-edged and lapped, so that it was perfectly impervious to rain, but before boarding I laid the foundation of a chimney at one end, bringing two cartloads of stones up the hill from the pond in my arms.
However, I made me a table and a chair, as I observed above, in the first place; and this I did out of the short pieces of boards that I brought on my raft from the ship.
This being within about a mile from the shore where I was, and the ship seeming to stand upright still, I wished myself on board, that at least I might save some necessary things for my use.
However, as I had a great many very good clothes and linen in abundance, which I had ordered to be packed up in two great boxes, I had them shipped on board
, not as my goods, but as consigned to my real name in Virginia; and had the bills of loading signed by a captain in my pocket; and in these boxes was my plate and watches, and everything of value except my money, which I kept by itself in a private drawer in my chest, which could not be found, or opened, if found, with splitting the chest to pieces.
The rais was about to reply, but the general could not at that moment listen to him, as he had to hasten to receive the viceroy, who was now coming on board
the galley, and with him certain of his attendants and some of the people.
Only one amongst us, Conseil, seemed to protest by his indifference against the question which so interested us all, and seemed to be out of keeping with the general enthusiasm on board
Bumble, who had handed him over to the care of an old woman, returned; and, telling him it was a board
night, informed him that the board
had said he was to appear before it forthwith.
When thwarted in their cravings for delicacies," Said he, "they would exclaim it was d-d hard they could not live as they pleased upon their own property, being on board
of their own ship, freighted with their own merchandise.
I believe I have lived as much on board
as most women, and I know nothing superior to the accommodations of a man-of-war.
I immediately found out the supercargo, and told him the story, adding that I foresaw there would be a mutiny in the ship; and entreated him to go immediately on board
and acquaint the captain of it.
If the robber is on board
he will no doubt get off at Suez, so as to reach the Dutch or French colonies in Asia by some other route.
Who else, of all on board
the Ariel, would have dared such devilishness with the lady-god's bed?
It would take a clever man to find that out, as things are on board
One gets jolly good dinners on board
these ships," remarked one of our band.
We were to sail on the fifteenth of the month (June), weather permitting; and on the fourteenth, I went on board
to arrange some matters in my stateroom.