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I02 A MAINSAIL HAUL
was so much battered, she was really worthless. What became of her does not appear. Her guns, her chists of sinamond, and her solitary boykett were put ashore, and the rest of her was probably sold to the highest bidder, for firewood and building material. The Earl thought that her seamen car- ried off the best of the spoil in their "great breeches." His wound had kept him from watch- ing them at the time of the capture ; so the booty, setting aside Jennings, " in his light doublet and hose," was but paltry. As for Jennings, he was sent over to Chester, in July 1609; and from Chester, by easy stages, he came to London for trial, and lodged once more in the Marshalsea prison.
In the Marshalsea, he behaved himself with becoming courage. He lived a careless life," says his biographer. " One being merry drinking with him once, demanded of him," how he had lived at sea? He replied that he had ever rejoiced more to hear the cannon than the sound of the church bell, and that he fought not "as chickens fight," for meat; " but for store of gold, to main- tain riot." At another time, in hot weather, as he sat drinking with friends in the prison parlour, it was observed that he sat with his face in the sun,