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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Jack in the Forecastle Author: John Sherburne Sleeper Release Date: August, 2005 [EBook #8638] Posting Date: July 29, 2009 Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK JACK IN THE FORECASTLE *** Produced by Theresa Armao JACK IN THE FORECASTLE or INCIDENTS IN THE EARLY LIFE OF HAWSER MARTINGALE By John Sherburne Sleeper (1794-1878) Chapter I.
FAREWELL TO NEW ENGLAND I was born towards the close of the last century, in a village pleasantly situated on the banks of the Merrimack, in Massachusetts.
For the satisfaction of the curious, and the edification of the genealogist, I will state that my ancestors came to this country from England in the middle of the seventeenth century.
Why they left their native land to seek an asylum on this distant shore whether prompted by a spirit of adventure, or with a view to avoid persecution for religion’s sake is now unknown.
Even if they -left their country for their country’s good,- they were undoubtedly as respectable, honest, and noble, as the major part of those needy ruffians who accompanied William the Conqueror from Normandy in his successful attempt to seize the British crown, and whose descendants now boast of their noble ancestry, and proudly claim a seat in the British House of Peers. From my earliest years I manifested a strong attachment to reading; and as matters relating to ships and sailors captivated my boyish fancy, and exerted a magic influence on my mind, the -Adventures of Robinson Crusoe,- -Peter Wilkins,- -Philip Quarle,- and vagabonds of a similar character, were my favorite books.
An indulgence in this ta...

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