Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 446 SOUTHWARD 110
�We put in here, several of us, to arrest the partisan tendency
of the discussion, which evidently began to " rile" some of the
parties ; and our excellent captain came to our assistance, with
his jest and smile, his quip and crank, which have always proved
so effective in curing the 7naladie du mer among his passengers.
I'm president here, gentlemen," said he, " and I hold it to
be good law to declare that it is high treason to discuss the suc-
cession. As there is some talk of appointments, I beg to say,
that if any of you wish office, the governorship of Bull's is
vacant."
And he pointed us to the island of that name which made the
rim of the horizon for us on the north.
There is an island, gentlemen, upon which a man might be
a sovereign. Solitude in perfection, game in abundance, fine
fish of all sorts, oysters to beguile even an alderman to fleshly
and fishy inclination such a realm as would satisfy Alexander
Selkirk, and make Robinson Crusoe dance with delight. I have
often thought of Bull's as an island upon which a man might
be at peace with all the world, and with fortune and himself in
particular."
A sort of heaven on earth."
And sea. It has fine harborage, too. The coast survey
has made it a harbor of refuge, and we are soon to have a light-
house upon it."" The pirates knew it as a place of refuge a hundred years
ago and more. Here Robert Kidd, ' as he sailed,' and that more
monstrous ruffian Blackbeard, and a hundred other fierce out-
laws of the same practice, found their place of refuge and rol-
licking. Nor here alone : all the range of islands which run
along the coast, between which and the main there are nu-
merous islets of great beauty and interest, are distinguished
by traditions of wild and sometimes terrible attraction. Many
of these have been marked as spots conspicuous in history,
and all of them possess their legends and chronicles, which
only need to be hunted up and put on record, to render all of
them classical and interesting, apart from their natural attrac-
tions. The whole of this region was the favorite resort of
the pirates, and at periods long anterior to the Revolution,
�those periods when, as the phrase ran through the marine