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We had on board a gunner, whose identify was once John Mondle, a guy of very detached morals. This man’s cabin used to be among the decks, precisely over the place I lay, a-breast of the quarter-deck ladder. One evening, the fifth of April, being terrified with a dream, he aroused from sleep in so nice a fright that he couldn't relaxation in his mattress from now on, nor even stay in his cabin; and he went upon deck approximately 4 o’clock within the morning super agitated. He instantly advised these upon the deck of the agonies of his brain, and the dream which occasioned it; within which he stated he had noticeable many stuff very lousy, and have been warned via St Peter to repent, who instructed him his time was once brief. This he acknowledged had tremendously alarmed him, and he was resolute to change his existence. humans in general mock the fears of others once they are themselves in protection; and a few of his shipmates who heard him simply laughed at him. even though, he made a vow that he by no means might drink robust liquors back; and he instantly obtained a gentle, and gave away his sea-stores of liquor. and then, his agitation nonetheless carrying on with, he started to learn the scriptures, hoping to discover a few aid; and shortly afterwards he laid himself down back on his mattress, and endeavoured to compose himself to sleep, yet to no function; his brain nonetheless carrying on with in a kingdom of ache. via this time it was once precisely part after seven within the morning; i used to be then less than the part deck on the nice cabin door; and by surprise I heard the folks within the waist cry out such a lot fearfully – ‘The Lord have mercy upon us! we're all misplaced! The Lord have mercy upon us! ’ – Mr Mondle listening to the cries, instantly ran out of his cabin; and we have been immediately struck by means of the Lynne, a forty-gun send, Captain Clerk, which almost ran us down. This send had simply placed approximately, and used to be by way of the wind, yet had no longer bought complete head-way, or we needs to all have perished; for the wind used to be brisk. although, ahead of Mr Mondle had obtained 4 steps from his cabin door, she struck our send, along with her cutwater, correct in the midst of his mattress and cabin, and ran it as much as the combings of the zone deck hatchway, and above 3 ft under water, and in a minute there has been now not just a little wooden to be noticeable the place Mr Mondle’s cabin stood; and he was once so close to being killed, that a few of the splinters tore his face. As Mr Mondle needs to unavoidably have perished from this coincidence, had he no longer been alarmed within the very impressive method i've got similar, i couldn't aid relating to this as an lousy interposition of windfall for his renovation. the 2 ships for it slow swinged along of one another; for ours being a fireship, our grappling-irons stuck the Lynne each method, and the yards and rigging went at an stunning fee. Our send was once in any such surprising that all of us idea she could immediately move down, and each one ran for his or her lives, and acquired in addition to they can on board the Lynne; yet our lieutenant being the aggressor, he by no means quitted the send. although, once we discovered she didn't sink, instantly, the captain got here on board back and inspired our humans to come and check out to save lots of her.

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