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[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

ble speed, as naked as when he came into the world; as soon as his home was reached, he stealthily crept unobserved up stairs and crawled into bed.   His mother at last discovered his whereabouts, and upon inquiry why he was in bed, he told her he was sick, and thereupon she made him some herb tea.   "And thus," said he, "I escaped a severe whipping."   When he became old he said he had been through a great many scrapes, but he never felt so bad as when he lost that suit of clothes.
   [He passed through a great many hairbreadth escapes in his many voyages between here and Russia, but I will only mention some of the stirring historic scenes of the sea during the Revolution, which are unrecorded in history.   He was my wife's, Miriam's, grandfather.   A sketch of the events was written in manuscript by a friend as he related them a year before he died, at the age of 83.]
   "We arrived at Martinique, W. I., in fourteen days, [In the early days of the Revolution.] where the committee of North Carolina sent for powder and balls.   While we lay here we were obliged to observe the law, which required a French captain on board.   An English frigate lay near, who sent her barge and lieutenant on board to make prize of our sloop.   The lieutenant ordered the anchors up, to tow her alongside the frigate.   Our French captain drove him forward with a handspike, and would have knocked out his brains had he not returned."
   "When nearing North Carolina twelve American pilot boats came out and took our powder and balls, and informed us that the King's tender lay waiting to take us."   Little's vessel had to surrender, but through some skillful management Little escaped, but the captain and the rest of the crew were taken prisoners, and carried to Norfolk.
   "While crossing the woods one morning here," Captain Little says, "I was chased by a wild boar and was obliged (he being close to my heels) to climb a tree.   Here I re-

 

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