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[234] the falls. The people in all parts kindly entreated1 them, till, being returned within twenty miles of Jamestown, they gave just cause of jealousy. But had God not blessed the discoverers otherwise than those at the fort, there had then been an end of that plantation; for at the fort, where they arrived the next day, they found seventeen men hurt, and a boy slain by the savages. And had it not chanced a cross-bar shot2 from the ships struck down a bough from a tree amongst them, that caused them to retire, our men had all been slain, being securely all at work, and their arms in dry-vats.3

Hereupon the president was willing the fort should be palisaded,4 the ordnance mounted, his men armed and exercised, for many were the assaults and ambuscades of the savages; and our men, by their disorderly straggling, were often hurt, when the savages, by the nimbleness of their heels, well escaped. What toil we had, with so small a power to guard our workmen a-days,5 watch all night, resist our enemies, and effect our business, to relade the ships, cut down trees, and prepare the ground to plant our corn, &c., I refer to the reader's consideration.


Ii.—The Virginia colonists.

Being, for most part, of such tender educations, and small experience in martial accidents, because they round [neither] English cities, nor such fair houses, nor

1 Treated.

2 Two cannon-balls joined by a short iron bar.

3 Baskets.

4 Surrounded with palisades.

5 By day.

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