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CAPTAIN SMITH A PRISONER
WHEN the voyage was begun, and the captain no longer had need
of me, I was sent into the forward part of the ship to live,
as has already been set down, and therefore it was I knew nothing
of what was being done in the great cabin, where the leaders of
the company were quartered, until after my master was made a
Then it was told me by the seaman who had been called
by Captain Kendall, as if it was feared my master, being such a
great soldier, might strive to harm those who miscalled him a
traitor to that which he had sworn.
It seems, so the seaman said, that Captain John Martin was the
one who made the charges against my master, on the night after
we set sail from Martinique, when all the chief men of the
company were met in the great cabin, and he declared that, when
it was possible to do so, meaning after we had come to the land
of Virginia, witnesses should be brought from the other ships to
prove the wicked intent.
Then it was that Captain George Kendall declared
 my master must be kept a close prisoner until the matter
could be disposed of, and all the others, save Captain Bartholomew
Gosnold, agreeing, heavy irons were put upon him. He was shut up
in his sleeping place, having made no outcry nor attempt to do
any harm, save that he declared himself innocent of wrong doing.
But for Captain Gosnold and Master Hunt, the preacher, I should
not have been permitted to go in and learn if I might do anything
for his comfort. The other leaders declared that my master was a
dangerous man, who should not be allowed to have speech with any
person save themselves, lest he send some message to those who
were said to be concerned with him in the plot.