虎博During my stay here many proposals were made for my return toEngland, but none falling out to my mind, the English merchant wholodged with me, and whom I had contracted an intimate acquaintancewith, came to me one morning, saying: "Countryman, I have aproject to communicate, which, as it suits with my thoughts, may,for aught I know, suit with yours also, when you shall havethoroughly considered it. Here we are posted, you by accident andI by my own choice, in a part of the world very remote from our owncountry; but it is in a country where, by us who understand tradeand business, a great deal of money is to be got. If you will putone thousand pounds to my one thousand pounds, we will hire a shiphere, the first we can get to our minds. You shall be captain,Ill be merchant, and well go a trading voyage to China; for whatshould we stand still for? The whole world is in motion; whyshould we be idle?"虎博发虎博
虎博I liked this proposal very well; and the more so because it seemedto be expressed with so much goodwill. In my loose, unhingedcircumstances, I was the fitter to embrace a proposal for trade, orindeed anything else. I might perhaps say with some truth, that iftrade was not my element, rambling was; and no proposal for seeingany part of the world which I had never seen before could possiblycome amiss to me. It was, however, some time before we could get aship to our minds, and when we had got a vessel, it was not easy toget English sailors - that is to say, so many as were necessary togovern the voyage and manage the sailors which we should pick upthere. After some time we got a mate, a boatswain, and a gunner,English; a Dutch carpenter, and three foremast men. With these wefound we could do well enough, having Indian seamen, such as theywere, to make up.虎博虎博发虎博When all was ready we set sail for Achin, in the island of Sumatra,and from thence to Siam, where we exchanged some of our wares foropium and some arrack; the first a commodity which bears a greatprice among the Chinese, and which at that time was much wantedthere. Then we went up to Saskan, were eight months out, and onour return to Bengal I was very well satisfied with my adventure.Our people in England often admire how officers, which the companysend into India, and the merchants which generally stay there, getsuch very great estates as they do, and sometimes come home worthsixty or seventy thousand pounds at a time; but it is little matterfor wonder, when we consider the innumerable ports and places wherethey have a free commerce; indeed, at the ports where the Englishships come there is such great and constant demands for the growthof all other countries, that there is a certain vent for thereturns, as well as a market abroad for the goods carried out.虎博虎博I got so much money by my first adventure, and such an insight intothe method of getting more, that had I been twenty years younger, Ishould have been tempted to have stayed here, and sought no fartherfor making my fortune; but what was all this to a man upwards ofthreescore, that was rich enough, and came abroad more in obedienceto a restless desire of seeing the world than a covetous desire ofgaining by it? A restless desire it really was, for when I was athome I was restless to go abroad; and when I was abroad I wasrestless to be at home. I say, what was this gain to me? I wasrich enough already, nor had I any uneasy desires about gettingmore money; therefore the profit of the voyage to me was of nogreat force for the prompting me forward to further undertakings.Hence, I thought that by this voyage I had made no progress at all,because I was come back, as I might call it, to the place fromwhence I came, as to a home: whereas, my eye, like that whichSolomon speaks of, was never satisfied with seeing. I was comeinto a part of the world which I was never in before, and thatpart, in particular, which I heard much of, and was resolved to seeas much of it as I could: and then I thought I might say I hadseen all the world that was worth seeing.
虎博虎博But my fellow-traveller and I had different notions: I acknowledgehis were the more suited to the end of a merchants life: who,when he is abroad upon adventures, is wise to stick to that, as thebest thing for him, which he is likely to get the most money by.On the other hand, mine was the notion of a mad, rambling boy, thatnever cares to see a thing twice over. But this was not all: Ihad a kind of impatience upon me to be nearer home, and yet anunsettled resolution which way to go. In the interval of theseconsultations, my friend, who was always upon the search forbusiness, proposed another voyage among the Spice Islands, to bringhome a loading of cloves from the Manillas, or thereabouts.虎博The Spaniards said they had, indeed, at first disarmed and excludedWill Atkins and his two countrymen for their ill conduct, as theyhad let me know, and they appealed to me for the necessity theywere under to do so; but that Will Atkins had behaved himself sobravely in the great fight they had with the savages, and onseveral occasions since, and had showed himself so faithful to, andconcerned for, the general interest of them all, that they hadforgotten all that was past, and thought he merited as much to betrusted with arms and supplied with necessaries as any of them;that they had testified their satisfaction in him by committing thecommand to him next to the governor himself; and as they had entireconfidence in him and all his countrymen, so they acknowledged theyhad merited that confidence by all the methods that honest mencould merit to be valued and trusted; and they most heartilyembraced the occasion of giving me this assurance, that they wouldnever have any interest separate from one another.详情