CAPTAIN Smith, master of the John and Sarah, was
only too well pleased to be rid of his passengers, that
he might return to England, and within an hour after
the people had agreed to go on shore, there to set up
 such shelters as would serve as houses until the
remainder of the company should arrive, he had the
ship warped well in
toward the land to
take out our belongings.
There was a promise of frost in the
air, although the sun
shone warm after the
day was well begun,
and we knew that it
stood us in hand to
put up that which
would serve to shield
us from the wet and
cold of the winter.
It would have pleased me right well to wander
around in the noble forest, for the trees came close to
the water's edge, and the whirring of wings, when one
but stepped within the screen of foliage, told that we
need not suffer for food while we had the wherewith
to charge a gun.
It was my duty, however, to do that which might be
of service to my parents, for a great hulking lad of
twelve years has no right to stand with his hands in
his pockets when there is work to be done.
 At first father believed that he might make such a
but of logs as we had been told were set up by those
settlers in Plymouth and Boston; but he was not
skilled in the use of an axe, and before the first tree
had been felled, it was plain to be seen that the task
was far beyond his endurance, unless it might be that
we had four or five months in which to perform it.
Then again, it really seemed useless to put so much
labor into a dwelling which we might not use more
than two or three months, for the land my father had
bought of William Penn was to be in the new city,
and when the location for that had been decided upon,
we might find ourselves many miles away from it.
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