MEETING OLD FRIENDS
 BEFORE noon we were on board the ship, greeting
our friends from Bristol, who welcomed us warmly,
and to me it was a most joyful time.
We were called upon to answer a multitude of
questions regarding those who had come over in the
John and Sarah, and I could see full well that many of
the people were sadly disappointed because of our
not having already decided upon the place where the
city was to be built, although they knew that Thomas
 Holme, who was to make a survey of the country, had
not left England when our fleet set sail.
However, we had much of cheering news to impart,
chiefly regarding the plentiful supply of food, and the
fact that we were very comfortably housed, even though
living in caves.
We spent the night on board the Factor, and next
morning twenty of the men who had come over in her
insisted on going back with us to the settlement, even
though we tried to let them understand how great
would be the fatigue of making one's way through the
snow without the Indian shoes to prevent them from
sinking knee-deep amid the fleecy, frosty particles.
All our party made the journey in safety, however,
and on that night we who had the largest caves were
called upon to take in as lodgers these visitors from
the Factor, until, speaking for my own home, we
hardly had room in which to turn around.
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