Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription ROBERT MAYNARD. 465
Or at ! well, as I am to be a sailor, I'll take my name from
the ship. Call me Mainyard, for lack of anything better.'
So they parted.
"' Mainyard ! Mainyard!' muttered Blackbeard to himself.
Where Lave I heard a name like that only a day or two ago!
It was from that bloody booby, Coleman. There's something
about the name that pshaw ! what an ass I am ! as if there
should be anything strange to a sailor's ear in such a name.
Yet, there is something !'
And with a vague memory of he knew not what, run-
ning in his mind, Blackbeard felt mystified and curious for a
good hour after the departure of the Hunter. Had he not been
half drunk and very furious when Coleman brought his story to
his ears, his doubts would have assumed a more definite form,
and might have led to other results than followed his oblivion.
Meanwhile the hunter had disappeared. What follows, al-
most literally drawn from history, may serve to put into your
hands the clue which was all tangled in those of the maudlin
v I I.
BLACKBEARD, as the fair trader, Edward Teach, had provoked
the hostility of the planters in and about Pamplico. The stran-
ger hunter had been among them before he sought the pirate.
He had gathered all their evidence, had learned, like them, to
distrust the justice of the ruling authorities of North Carolina in
their dealings with the pirates, and had secretly sought the suc-
cor of the government of Virginia. Governor Spotswood had
used his influence with the British commodore on the Virginia
station to employ an adequate force for the capture of Blackbeard.
For the command of this enterprise a volunteer had been found,
in the person of one Robert Maynard, a Virginian, but a lieute-
nant in the royal navy. To catch Blackbeard was no easy
matter ; and Maynard found it advisable to make himself per-
sonally acquainted with the force of the pirates, his place of har-
borage, and to plan, on the spot itself, his mode of operations.
We have seen the progress which he has made, thus far, in the
character of the Virginian hunter.
"While he thus employed himself two sloops were got in