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(who perhaps feared a relapse) gave him the com- mand of a fine fly-boat, and sent him to sea to carry wool and wine.
He did not succeed as a sea-captain. Aboard that Holland fly-boat there was "barratry of the master and mate," if nothing* worse, so that she did not pay for her tar and tallow. The pay of a sea-captain was small, and the proud heart of Jennings did not like the reproofs of his employers. The fly-boat was • strongly built, and no doubt carried half-a-dozen quick-firing guns. Jennings waited for a good opportunity, corrupted the hearts of his sailors, and then ran away with ship, crew, and furniture, to try the fortune of the sea once more, " on the bonny coasts of Barbary." As he steered south, he sighted a Spanish caravel. He fired his little guns into her, laid her aboard, and made her his prize. Then he sailed on again, till he reached the Barbary coast.
As soon as he arrived at Safi he was seized by the Dey and flung into prison ; where he found other English pirates, waiting for the bowstring or the galleys, to tell him the reason for this harsh reception. The pirates had agreed with the Dey,