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[212] and one of them offered a beard of their making to one of our sailors, for his that grew on his face, which, because it was of a red color, they judged to be none of his own. They are quick-eyed, and steadfast in their looks, fearless of others' harms, as intending none themselves; some of the meaner sort given to filching, which the very name of savages, not weighing their ignorance in good or evil, may easily excuse. Their garments are of deer-skins; and some of them wear furs round and close about their necks. They pronounce our language with great facility; for one of them one day sitting by me, upon occasion I spake smiling to him these words, ‘How now, sirrah, are you so saucy with my tobacco?’ which words, without any further repetition, he suddenly spake so plain and distinctly, as if he had been a long scholar in the language. Many other such trials we had, which are here needless to repeat. . . .

But after our bark had taken in so much sassafras,1 cedar, firs, skins, and other commodities, as were thought convenient, some of our company that had promised Captain Gosnold to stay, having nothing but a saving2 voyage in their minds, made our company of inhabitants, which was small enough before, much smaller; so as3 Captain Gosnold seeing his whole strength to consist but of twelve men, and they but meanly provided, determined to return for England, leaving this island, which he called Elizabeth's Island,4 with as many true sorrowful eyes as were before desirous to see it. So the 18th of June, being Friday, we

1 Then much valued as a medicine.

2 Profitable.

3 That.

4 Now called by its Indian name of Cuttyhunk.

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