WHEN THE FLEET SET SAIL
THEN came the twentieth of December, when we were to set
sail, and great was the rejoicing among the people, who
believed that we would soon build up a city in the new
world, which would be of great wealth and advantage to
those in England.
I heard it said, although I myself was not on shore to see
what was done, that in all the churches prayers were made
for our safe journeying, and there was much
 marching to and
fro of soldiers, as if some great merrymaking were afoot.
The shore was lined with people; booths were set up where
showmen displayed for pay many curious things, and food and
sweetmeats were on sale here and there, for so large a throng
stood in need of refreshment as well as amusement.
It was a wondrous spectacle to see all these people nearby on
the shore, knowing they had come for no other purpose than to
look at us, and I took no little pride to myself because of
being numbered among the adventurers, even vainly fancying that
many wondered what part a boy could have in such an undertaking.
Then we set sail, I watching in vain for a glimpse of Nathaniel
Peacock as the ships got under way. Finally, sadly disappointed,
and with the sickness of home already in my heart, I went into
the forward part of the ship, where was my sleeping place,
thinking that very shortly we should be tossing and tumbling
on the mighty waves of the ocean.