I was the one sent ashore in charge of the chest of
trinkets, and that I was thus given a position of trust
did not serve to sweeten the sour look on Hans' face,
for he acted much as if believing he was the only one
of Master Minuit's following who could be depended
upon for any service of note.
It is impossible for me to say in such words as would
be understood, how delighted I was to be on dry land
once more. The scent of the flowers, the odors that
came from the forest, and the songs of the birds, so
filled me with delight that it was indeed a difficult
matter to act as if I still held possession of my wits.
Perhaps, if the savages had not been seated nearby,
noting every movement made by those concerned in
the care of the chest, I should not have succeeded so
Before these half-dressed, brown men, who watched
intently, with never the ghost of a smile or show of
interest on their faces, one could not but act in a
dignified manner, and I held myself as if I, not Peter Minuit,
 were the Director of New Netherland come to take
possession of my office.
Save for long reeds, at one end of which was a small
stone vessel, which I afterward learned was a
contrivance used for burning that Indian weed, tobacco, the
savages had nothing in their hands. It seemed to me
that it would have been only natural had they brought
with them some of their weapons, and I was
disappointed because of their not having done so, for my
curiosity was great regarding what sort of blood-letting
instruments were in use among them.
During a full hour I sat on the chest, while two of
the seamen loitered near at hand to make certain the
brown men did not attempt to find out what we had
brought ashore, and then came my master, followed
by all the gentlemen of the Sea Mew.
 Every one was dressed in his bravest garments, and
on stepping out of the small boat on the sand, all gave
particular respect to my master, as if to show the
savages that he was the man who had been sent to
rule over this
country of New
This company of gentlemen walked
gravely in procession to where
the chest was
standing, giving no heed to
the savages until they were
gathered around the useless trinkets, and then they
bowed as if each brown man before them were a king.