Thursday, July 4, 1844

Penny London Morning Advertiser

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Penny London Morning Advertiser (Newspaper) - July 4, 1844, London, Middlesex The Penny Londcil M^tn|ng A^mtitkfi, Froni- :W^.i?^|8j>4<r,.J|Jiy.v^W-f^lD'Xfl J#ly 6, 1744. Strange News frorrWPly mouth : Or a wonderful and tragical Relation of a Voyage from the Indies ; where; by extraordinary Hard-" fiiips, and Extremities of the late great Ftofts, feveral of the Seamen, and others, rniferably periftied j and, for Want of Pro-vifion, caft Lots for their Lives, and were - forced to eat one another ; and how a Dutch Merchant eat Part of his own Children, and then murdered himfoU, becaufe he . / would not kill his Wife : With the miraculous Preferyation of George Carpinger, : .an "EngiiHi Seaman, and the Dutch Mer-. chant's Wife now afhore at Plymouth. In a Letter to Mr. D. B. of London, Merchant. Ccording to Promife in my laft, I have inquired into the Particulars of that fo tragical a Relation therein mentioned, the which without any Prologue, Ifhall lay down in its naked Truth, as I had the fame from the Mouth of the Survivors who are how at my Houfe, which if you pleafe, take as follows : 1 A Gentleman caffed the Heer van Eilell, Native of.the Low-Countries, - having had the "JSawzatiori of a Merchant at Hosae, was refolv'd to improve his Patrimony in fome Foreign Parts: To which End, . being up\with the Ej pecfation of aHap-. pinefs cruel Fate had defigned to deprive him of, was on a^fudden becalmed ; infomuch that,: for feveral- Weeks,, they could;fcare tell whether ii hey were forwarded a League's Space $i hi which Time, of the fixteen/.Seamen and-' Mailer that was onBcjrd, by a Diiea& that- increafed amongft them, fa vera! died,' and, by. Degrees their Provifions growing fhort, they were forced to deal the- fame more.fpari.ngly-about, hoping, by their Care, they might have enough to ferve. th=rn through their Voyage, arid made the beft Way they could to their -de-fired Port y yet, fuch was' their Misfortune, that they failed of their Expectation, and came to fee the laft of what the.y had fpent, and for four Days lived without any Suftenance j- and, the "Wii�I being crdfs, they could not make Land, where they might revival, but were, forced to keep on d^tf? Voyage. Their Extremity was fuch, that the two Children, not fo well able to bear the Hardfliips as ochers, both died* On whofe Bodies, _ notwirhft'anding the Tears and Intreaties qf the Merchant and his Wife, they Were forced to feed ; which being' in fhort Time confirmed, it came to' be -considered, having no Sight nor Hope of any Shore,,.' that they muft either all of them fubmit to the Fate that threa'thed them,."of contrive fome other Method to fave themfelves, which at prefeht they had not the leaft prof&eft of, unlefs in the.common Calamity, they confent.ed by Lot, or otherwife to deftroy forhe one in the Number to fave the reft 5 which unwillingly they were at length forced to', "and jointly agreed, that, according to the Number theij on Board, they fhould Number fo many Lots, and on whom Number One' fell he fhould be fiain, and Number Two fhould be' his Executioner. But here, n Difpute arole, whether the Merchant's Wife, whofe two Children Tiad to'her great Grief been lately eaten, in favpur .to her Sex, fhoxdd not be exempted from the fa&l Lot I fo  e were of Qpniorifhe oughr, aad particularly ohe;George Carpinger, a ltout Englif-h, Se|ffiH& ..,Ti{�rd;iii&Eudea^urs to work the Company to aifent thereunto -7 but as nothing is fo voracious .or cruel as_ the, jaws . of Hunger, on th|^r^J^^^^^^^^ as Life on the^thfet,^, he: couldjn^t'eftec^his .Deftgn j fc that .the'i^p^ty-h^^^wer-nrled his Arguments, theyj.�irew- ih'common, .4nd fuch, was their Misfor�uf||; that the Lot fell to the Woman for Death,^ftd on her Husband for^xecutioner. Mifekii^ie was theLamenra-tion o� thefe two,.''" that, fo fatal a <*u*-'\ chance fhould for ever part them 5 - yet -Tears : and Intreaties wereine�tei3ua^ fo that nothing -but Submiflion was left, though the Merchant's ; Servant and Carpinger ftood refola|ely sgainft v the reft, and refo^v^.-wto fpare them 5 which the Merchant pefceiving, and knowing their Force was too little-to accpmpliih their Wifties, with a fettled Countenance,- fpoke to them to the following Purport: ' Honeft Friends, for � ,f . �. The Cry they made gt -his Fall,, and ^the I ] Noile :of the Piilbl,..: were quickly heard byf the/dl of the Crew, w^ch iwr^eallcd/thsraj thither j nor was his- Wife longrab%hti who** ;. poor Lady, had beenf>repa�^^|(If for her-End, which, by this lefs pleaangiDifafter ihe faw prevenfed. The .^ears ^eifhed and Extravagancies fhe a%M'af- f# ^fl^iat^ Tfai gedy, were butneedlefs to recount, fince none are fo heard-hearfed but may in fome Meafure judge . fhe. founded and almoft died with' Grief/ and begged to be'her own Executioner, but Ihe was too narrowly watched by her Ser^ vant and Carpinger, to effeft fo cruel a Purpose y their Eyes never left her, and their Cares. W6're more forher Prefervation than thiir own 5 but in vain were all their Watchfuinefs sgainft the Enemy from without, when fhe hafrxmrecf in her own Breafi: a FeefufHcient to deftroy a greater Strength than Grief had left her j for no Intreaties could perfuade her to feed on that dear-Corpfe file had fo often chtfi/hedj bat what Share thereof j th e Haidfhip of her Fate allowed her for her Food fhe embalmed with her-Tears, and by renewed Vows- promife? to lhare Fortune with it, and -be buried inth^' fame unwonted Grave in which that Fie ill was diftribiared, fhe oncefo much admii*ed 5 which fhe had near accomplifhed, having had no Food in that Time but two Rat^'^which wer� foitnmately taken, and prefented to her bf Carpinger, at fuch Time as the. fatal.Lot waa to take itsfecond Round, in which fhe was ' refolyed to fhare, notwithftandi ng%ll the In-treaties of Carpinger and her Servant; and, in fhort, fhe had her Wifh, and drew again a fecond Time her own-S'entence, ' which flie - welcomed more than.a Bridal day .5 and, being juft ready to' yeild her Throat to the Excutio* ner's Knife, Ihe had certainly fell,: had not Carpinger, with two more;, whp^rri'he-hired�7: fteppedin, and refolutely withftood theJSste-cutionj upon which Quarrel they drew their , Faulehions, four Perfohs were flain, , ampftgft  whtim tiiefaithftil Servant was one.; This was a fuffcient Mdrfel for the prefent, and Ibid the bloody Hunger cf the Survivors; &ho were. now reduced to five or fix Perfons' befides thd . Lady; with the Bodies of the. Slain they were . theii fed more plenteoufly than for fome Months ..preceding,'but fuch wa the Rigour of our Fate^ that, by the unufual Diet, moft of theit Men weje.dead, juft astheygot Sight of the Xand!s-end of Ehgland '5 and, haying but very f&w Hands to work their Veffel, they fourul ..that, from.the Dangers they had been fo long ;in,. a fecond threatned them from the Severity of the fate Seafon, forx the. Ice 'being there in gteat Flakes, they found themfelves drove a- -.midft the.fame towards the Shore, from whence they could not difengage the Ship 5 in, which � 'Time, .Carpinger, being 3 Perfon o� a voluble Tongue,; and formerly well1 bred at Stepney near London, where his Father, Captain Carpinger, had long lived, ufed aH-ihe Confola-tion- he could, by Words, or: Uevice, to coBifoft;the4efp?iringLady, till�t length fhe ,.-.was prevariled: upon to hearkenrto him, aad vgiv'e herf'rorhifeto fpare all Violence on-fier* felf, and wait her better Fortune j in this . Cafe they lay. for fix Days, till all but two Perfons, befides. themfelves were dead, and . thefe fo mifefabiy weak, they could not leave theicCabbins, �0 that, bein^froze in, they , couldnot ftir. Carpinger with the Lady re-. folved to venture on the Icej and fet forward towards the.Shores which fhe the rather--uhdertopfc, for that fhe hoped hereby to find !; a .GraveViH diofe. Waves, on wHch fhe h;dd lolV.wh^t Ifefloyedaboveher own>Prefervarion$ " witfe this 3^^>lutionCarpinger, taking Charge , of the j^ady^ got a Plank and a long Pole in hhlllalad^ .^a^;Mith'-'tBefe'left\the'Ship>-:andj. .y ' �,. -.; TMConclufionin our next.

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