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[296] time more land of them; and, proceeding higher up the MahicanittukHudson River), they believed they would soon want all their country, and which at this time was already the case.

Iii.—The last voyage of Henry Hudson, and how he was set adrift in the ice by his men.

[Hudson had discovered the bay which bears his name, and spent all winter amid the ice, remaining into the spring, until his provisions were about out, and his crew grew mutinous. One of the crew, Abacuk or Habaccuk Prickett, thus describes what followed.]

Being thus in the ice, on Saturday, the one and twentieth of June,1 at night, Wilson the boatswain, and Henry Greene, came to me, lying in my cabin, lame, and told me that they and the rest of their associates would shift2 the company, and turn the master and all the sick men into the shallop, and let them shift for themselves; for there was not fourteen days victuals left for all the company. At that poor allowance they were at, and that there they lay, the master not caring to go one way or other; and that they had not eaten any thing these three days, and therefore were resolute, either to mend or end; and what they had begun they would go through with it, or die. When I heard this, I told them I marvelled to hear so much from them, considering that they were married men, and had wives and children; and that, for their sakes, they should not commit so foul a thing in the sight of God and man as that would be: for why

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2 i.e., take out part of them.

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