The company advised that if it pleased him, they might put themselves
aland, some place to the Eastward to get victuals, and rather hope for
courtesy from the country-people, than continue at sea, in so long cold,
and great a storm in so leaky a pinnace. But our Captain would in no
wise like of that advice; he thought it better to bear up towards Rio de
[la] Hacha, or Coricao [Curacao], with hope to have plenty without
great resistance: because he knew, either of the islands were not very
populous, or else it would be very likely that these would be found
ships of victual in a readiness.
The company of the other pinnace answered, that "They would willingly
follow him through the world; but in this they could not see how either
their pinnaces should live in that sea, without being eaten up in that
storm, or they themselves able to endure so long time, with so slender
provision as they had, viz., only one gammon of bacon and thirty pounds
of biscuit for eighteen men."
Our Captain replied, that "They were better provided than himself was,
who had but one gammon of bacon, and forty pounds of biscuit for his
twenty-four men; and therefore he doubted not but they would take such
part as he did, and willingly depend upon God's Almighty providence,
which never faileth them that trust in Him.