I GO ON A VOYAGE
I also knew, because of hearing him speak of it to
some of the gentlemen traders in my presence, that
Master Minuit had sent a letter to the governor of
Plymouth by one of the Indians, and a reply had come
back; but more than that I heard nothing until the
Secretary told me, one certain morning, that I was to
make a sea voyage with him.
It was a direct command from Master Minuit, and I
made ready without asking to what land we should go,
because it was for me to obey, not to question; but I
had a great hope that Hans Braun might not be put
into the storehouse in my place, fearing lest he would
not willingly give up the position, after learning how
much more pleasing it was to handle the toys than the
"We are to journey as far as Plymouth, where is a
village in which English people live," the Secretary,
whose name was that of a Frenchman and bothered my
tongue, said to me when I went on board the pinnace
Nassau, which had been made ready for the voyage.
 One might have knocked me down with a breath, so
astounded and overjoyed was I at the possibility of
seeing my father's friends, and it was a full five minutes
before I could set down an account of the goods that
were being brought on board, for Master Minuit
counted on sending a present to the governor of
Plymouth, of no less value than a chest of sugar, near to
an hundred strings of wampum, and three rolls of
best cloth, each of a different color.
If it had been in my power to provide the wind for
the voyage. it could not have been more favorable, and
the Nassau sent up a jet of spray from her bow, as we
sailed down the river on the eastern side of New
Amsterdam till we were come to what is called Long
Island Sound, which is a vast inland sea.
Then we crossed the bay which is called
Narragansett, because of the Indians of that tribe living along
 the shores, and afterward were come to a trading post
belonging to the people of Plymouth.