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Titel: First English reading book: Engelsch leesboek voor instituten, gymnasiën en hoogere burgerscholen: met Nederlandsche woordenlijst
Auteur: Herrig, Ludwig
Uitgave: Arnhem: J. Voltelen, 1869 *
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Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: IWO 513 H 21
URL: https://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_204683
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Leesvaardigheid, Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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of our company died. In the afternoon of
the 6th we found a dead duck, which was
green and not sweet; but we ate it, and
heartily praised God for it, though in a
happier situation it would have been an
object olTensive and disgustful.
'July the 7th, in the forenoon, we took
a formal leave of one another, and lay down
in the bottom of the boat with a dead
body, which we tried, but had not strength,
to throw overboard, never expecting to get
up again. We covered ourselves with the
sail, which we had lowered some time be-
fore, through despair of its being of further
use to us. After a while, finding myself
uneasy, and wanting to change my posture,
about one in the afternoon, I laid my hand
on the gunnel to raise myself a little, and
in the act of turning timught I saw land,
but said nothing till I was perfectly satis-
fied of its reality, having frequently suffered
the most grievous disappointments in mis-
taking fog-banks for land. ,When I cried
out 'Land!' 'Land!' and we were all con-
vinced that it was so, good God, what were
our emotions and exertions ! From the lowest
state of desponding weakness we were at
once raised to extacy, and a degree of vi-
gour that was astonishing to ourselves. We
hoisted the sail immediately. The boat-
swain, who was the strongest man in the
boat, crawled to the stern and took the
tiller. Two others found strength to row,
from which we had desisted the four pre-
ceding days through weakness. At four
o'clock another man died, and we managed
to throw both the bodies overboard.
'The land, when I first discovered it,
was about six leagues off. The wind was
favourable, and, with sail and oars, we went
three or four knots. About six o'clock we
perceived some shallops in with the land.
We steered for the nearest, and came up
with her about half-past seven, just as she
was getting under sail to carry in her fish.
We hallooed to them as loud as we could;
and they lowered their sail to wait for us,
but, whfen we were close on board, to our
great grief and astonishment, they hoisted
their sail again and were going to leave
us; our moans, however, were so piteous
and expressive, that they soon brought-to
and took us in tow. They mistook us for
Indians, or rather, as they told us, did not
know what to think of us,"our whole aspect
was so unaccountably dismal and horrible.
They gave us biscuit and water, but the
latter only was acceptable, having totally
lost our appetite for solid food.
'At about eight in the evening we got
.son hore in Old St. Lawrence Harbour,
on the western side of Placentia Bay, in
Newfoundland, and were most kindly treat-
ed. They made chowder for us, and gave
us beer made of the tops of juniper, fer-
mented with molasses. We lay all night
before a large fire, expecting a good night's
rest, but could get very little sleep on ac-
count of the violent pains all over us. Cap-
tain Killaway died about three o'clock in
the morning, having been speechless thirty-
six hours before. Our bodies were soon
covered over with boils and sores, and it
was eleven days before any of us could
walk abroad.
'On the 20th of July we left St. Law-
rence Harbour, and got to Placentia on the
24th, with our little boat astern, in which
we went on board the Ludlow Castle, u
man-of-war commanded by Captain John
St. Loo, who entered us immediately for
victuals, and gave us leave to live on shore
at the kind invitation of the governor, who
paid for the board of the surgeon and me
at the tavern, and sent the rest to the bar-
racks, where they were taken good care
of, and recovered fast. When 1 told Cap-
tain St. Loo of the number of persons who
came from the Luxborough in one boat he
knew not how to give credit to my story;
and one calm morning he ordered as many
men as could be safely stowed in her to
be carried on shore, when they could crowd
no more than twenty into her with any
prospect of working the boat. But, alas!
we were forced to lie on one another at
first in the most uneasy situation till death
made room for us. On the 4th of Sep-
tember, five of us (one went to New Eng-
land) sailed for Biddeford, and arrived safe-
ly there on the 1st of October, after es-
caping great danger from the crazy state
of the vessel. At Barnstaple, the mayor
paid our horse-hire fo llfracombe. From
thence we went by water to Bristol, where
the merchants on 'Change collected money
for our fare to London in the Stage-coach,
at whi«h place we arrived on the 14th of
October.
'The boat in which we were saved was
sixteen feet long, five feet three inches
broad, and tv/o feet three inches deep, pretty
sharp for rowing well, and made to row
with four oars.'
141. THE LOSS OF THE ROYAL
GEORGE.
The Royal George was a ship of one
hundred guns. Originally her guns had been
all brass, but when she was docked at Ply-
10'