ourselves alongside a new clipper ship called the Rainbow. I soon went aboard of her, and as I did so a brisk, little, old man stepped up to me and said:
"Do you want to ship?"
"Why, in this ship, of course."
"Where bound, sir?"
"To Canton, my lad."
"Return to New York."
"What wages, sir?"
"Can you hand, reef, and steer?"
"Ten dollars per month."
"I will ship, sir."
He then handed me the following:
No Grog allowed in this Ship, and no Man received that is not Sober.
JAMES H. DILL, Notary Public,
No. 76 Wall Street.
Ship the bearer, Charlie Erskine, as ordinary seaman on board of the ship "Rainbow," at $10 per Month, and pay him $20 advance, with Security and Protection.
New York, Jan. 29, 1845.
Your obed't Serv't,
Capt. John Land.
I, CORNELIUS VAN NESS, Collector of the District of New York, do hereby Certify that Chas. Erskine, an American Seaman