Chapter 6 + 7
much labour and such huge and manifest dangers as they had so often exposed their
lives to. But Captain Morgan was deaf to all these and many other complaints of
this kind, having designed in his mind to cheat them as much as he could.
At last Captain Morgan finding himself obnoxious to many obloquies and detractions
among his people, began to fear the consequence thereof, and hereupon thinking it
unsafe to remain any longer time at Chagre, he commanded the ordnance of the said
castle to be carried on board his ship. Afterwards he caused the greatest part of
the walls to be demolished, and the edifices to be burnt, and as many other things
spoiled and ruined as could conveniently be done in a short while. These orders
being performed, he went secretely on board his own ship, without giving any no-
tice of his departure to his companions, nor calling any council, as he used to
do. Thus he set sail, and put out to sea, not bidding anybody adieu, being only
followed by three or four vessels of the whole fleet. These were such (as the
French Pirates believed) as went shares with Captain Morgan, towards the best and
greatest part of the spoil which had been concealed from them in the dividend. The
Frenchmen could very willingly have revenged this affront upon Captain Morgan and
those that followed him, had they found themselves with sufficient means to en-
counter him at sea. But they were destitute of most things necessary thereto. Yea,
they had much ado to find sufficient victuals and provisions for their voyage to
Jamaica, he having left them totally unprovided of all things.
Of a voyage by the author, along the coasts of Costa Rica, at his return towards
Jamaica. What happened most remarkable in the said voyage. Some observations made
by him at that time.
Captain Morgan left us all in such a miserable condition, as might serve for a li-
vely representation of what reward attends wickedness at the latter end of life.
Whence we ought to have learned how to regulate and amend our actions for the fu-
ture. However it was, our affairs being reduced to such a posture, every company