The Works of Edgar Allan Poe — Volume 3

By Edgar Allan Poe

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of this evening the leak gained upon the vessel; and little could
be done to remedy it, as it was occasioned by the brig's straining, and
taking in the water through her seams. A sail was thrummed, and got
under the bows, which aided us in some measure, so that we began to gain
upon the leak.

July 8th. A light breeze sprang up at sunrise from the eastward, when
the mate headed the brig to the southwest, with the intention of making
some of the West India islands in pursuance of his piratical designs. No
opposition was made by Peters or the cook--at least none in the hearing
of Augustus. All idea of taking the vessel from the Cape Verds was
abandoned. The leak was now easily kept under by one pump going every
three quarters of an hour. The sail was drawn from beneath the bows.
Spoke two small schooners during the day.

July 9th. Fine weather. All hands employed in repairing bulwarks. Peters
had again a long conversation with Augustus, and spoke more plainly than
he had done heretofore. He said nothing should induce him to come into
the mate’s views, and even hinted his intention of taking the brig out
of his hands. He asked my friend if he could depend upon his aid in such
case, to which Augustus said, “Yes,” without hesitation. Peters then
said he would sound the others of his party upon the subject, and went
away. During the remainder of the day Augustus had no opportunity of
speaking with him privately.


JULY 10. Spoke a brig from Rio, bound to Norfolk. Weather hazy, with
a light baffling wind from the eastward. To-day Hartman Rogers died,
having been attacked on the eighth with spasms after drinking a glass of
grog. This man was of the cook’s party, and one upon whom Peters placed
his main reliance. He told Augustus that he believed the mate had
poisoned him, and that he expected, if he did not be on the look-out,
his own turn would come shortly. There were now only himself, Jones, and
the cook belonging to his own gang--on the other side there were five.
He had spoken to Jones about taking the command from the mate; but the
project having been coolly received, he had been deterred from pressing
the matter any further, or from saying any thing to the cook. It was
well, as it happened, that he was so prudent, for in the afternoon the
cook expressed his determination of siding with the mate, and went over
formally to that party; while Jones

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