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NEWS OF THE "FACTOR"
I would I had the time in which to tell you all that
Jethro and I did during that first winter in America,
when it was as if we had come into a land overflowing
with milk and honey, with none to molest or make
afraid; but if I am to tell you how we built the city of
Brotherly Love, I must be careful not to spend time
and words on that which Jethro and I did in the way
of pleasure, because our doings were of no account,
whereas the making of the chief town in this country
of Pennsylvania was, as it seems to me, of great importance.
The Factor, which, as you may remember, was the
third ship of our fleet, and sailed from the port of
Bristol, did not get across the ocean until nearly the
middle of December. During the voyage up the
river to find us, she was frozen in while anchored for
It was impossible to move the vessel until warm
weather had come, and neither her master, nor any of
 those on board, had any idea as to where we might be,
or even if we had finished our voyage.
Therefore it was that many of the passengers landed
and made for themselves caves, much as we had done,
save that they were pressed for time because of the
frosty weather, or
set up rude huts,
and in these make-shifts for homes
they spent the
winter, while a few
remained on board.
As a matter of
fact, they were not
so many miles
away but that
the journey might
easily have been
continued by land,
yet we were as
ignorant of their whereabouts as they were of ours, and thus
we remained apart when it would have been so much
pleasure to have spent the time in each other's company.
However, the Indians finally brought us news of
the ship which was imprisoned in the ice, and many of
us went down to visit her, Jethro and I among the
number, as you shall hear very shortly.
 First I must explain certain matters, lest you set
me down as one who talks with a double tongue, as
the savages say.
I have told you that we could not understand what
the Indians meant by their odd-sounding words, and
that is true of the time when we first landed; but many
of our people, my father among the others, at once set
about learning the language, to such effect that by the
time the brown men knew of the whereabouts of the
Factor, we, meaning certain of our company, could
contrive to carry on quite a lengthy conversation with
those who came among us to sell game or furs.