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HOW I EARNED MY PASSAGE
CAPTAIN SMITH, my master, found plenty of work for me during
the weeks before the fleet sailed. He had many matters to be
set down in writing, and because of my mother's care in
teaching me to use the quill, I was able, or so it seemed to
me, to be of no little aid to him in those busy days, when it
was as if he must do two or three things at the same time in
order to bring his business to an end.
I learned during that
time to care very dearly for this valiant soldier, who could,
when the fit was on him, be as tender and kind as a girl, and
again, when he was crossed, as stern a man as one might find in
all London town.
Because of my labors, and it pleased me greatly that
 I could
do somewhat toward forwarding the adventure, I had no time in
which to search for my friend, Nathaniel Peacock, although I
did not cease to hope that he would try to find me.
I had parted with him in the city, and he knew right well
where I was going; yet, so far as I could learn, he had never
come to Blackwall.
I had no doubt but that I could find him in the city, and it
was in my mind, at the first opportunity, to seek him out, if
for no other reason than that we might part as comrades should,
for he had been a true friend to me when my heart was sore; but
from the moment the sailors began to put the cargo on board the
Susan Constant and the Goodspeed, I had no chance to wander
around Blackwall, let alone journeying to London.