and ladies of our
company were in
vited on shore to a
feast of deer meat,
while the servant
women and maids
were allowed to
land on the other
side of the harbor,
where they feasted
themselves on wild
large and sweet.
 It would be untrue for me to say that deer meat made
into a huge pie is not inviting, because of my having
enjoyed it greatly, and yet I could not give so much
attention to the dainty as I would have done at almost
any other time, so intent was I upon seeing this village
concerning which Master Endicott had written so many
words of praise.
Had Susan and I come upon it within an hour after
leaving the city of London, it would have looked
exceedingly poor and mean; but now, when we were on
the land after a voyage of nine long weeks, verily it
seemed like a wondrous pleasant place in which to live.
More than an hundred dwellings, so my father said,
had been built. Some were of logs laid one on top of
the other in a clumsy fashion, with the places where
windows of glass should have been, covered with oiled
paper, and doors that were so cumbersome and heavy
it was a real task for Susan and me to open and close
them, but yet they had a homely look.
Then there were what might be called sheds, made
of logs, or the bark of trees, and, in two cases, dwellings
of branches laid up loosely as a child would build a toy
It was as if each man had built according to his
inclination and willingness to labor, the more thrifty
having log dwellings, and the indolent ones rude huts.
Even Susan and I could understand that whosoever
 had decided upon the places where these homes should be
built, had in mind the making of a large town; for paths,
like unto streets, led here and there, while all around
grew trees, not thickly, to be sure, but yet in such
abundance as to show that all this had lately been a
Even in these streets had been left the stumps of
trees after the trunks were removed, which served to
give an untidy look to the whole, making it seem as if
one were in a place where had been built shelters only
for a little time, and which would shortly be abandoned.
The welcome which was given us, however, was even
warmer than we would have received at home in
England, and little wonder that these gentlefolk whom we
had known there, should be overjoyed to see us here.
Both Susan and I came to understand, not many
 months afterward, how great can be the pleasure one
has at seeing old friends whom he had feared never
to meet again in this world.
It was a veritable feast which these good people of
Salem set before us, and yet so strange was the cookery,
that I am minded to describe later some of the dishes
at risk of dwelling overly long upon matters of no importance.
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