History of Marshfield. 41

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

his hand to me, which I took, then he said twice, 'Keen Winslow—Oh, Winslow, I shall never see thee again!"
   "Then I called Hobbamock and desired him to tell Massasoyt that the Governor hearing of his sickness was sorry of the same and though by reason of many businesses he could not come himself, yet he sent me with such things for him, as he thought most likely to do him good in this extremity, and whereof, if he please to take, I would presently give him; which he desired, and having a confection of many comfortable conserves on the point of my knife, I gave him some, which I could scarcely get through his teeth.   When it was dissolved in his mouth he swallowed the juice of it, whereas those that were about him much rejoiced, saying he had not swallowed anything in two days before.
   "The I desired to see his mouth, which was exceedingly furred, and his tongue swelled in such a manner, as it was not possible for him to eat such meant as they had, his passage being stopped up.   Then I washed his mouth and scraped his tongue and got abundance of corruption out of the same.   After which I gave him more of the confection, which he swallowed with more readiness.   Then desiring to drink, I dissolved some of it in water and gave him thereof.   Within half an hour this wrought a great alteration in him in the eyes of all that beheld him.   Presently after his sight began to come to him, I gave him more."
   He sent one of the chief's messengers home for some more medicine.   He made some broth.
   "After the broth being boiled, I strained it through my handkerchief and gave him at least a pint, which he drank and like it very well.   After his sight mended more and more.   That morning he caused me to spend in going from one to another, amongst those that were sick in the town, requesting me to wash their mouths, also, and give to each of them some of the same I gave him saying, 'that they were good folk.'   This pains I took with willingness, though it were much offensive to me."

 

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