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overbalanced the trunk, and brought it down in a horizontal position: It fell upon the chief man of the Island, and killed him on the spot, to the great joy of the inhabitants!

On my return to England, I had occasion to go down to Wapping to see some goods shipped for Hamburgh: after that, I took the Tower Wharf in my way back. I was so much fatigued, that I stepped into one of the cannon to compose me, where I fell fast asleep. This was about noon; it was the fourth of June: at one o’clock, The cannon were discharged in memory of the day; and I was shot over the houses, on the opposite side of the river, into a farmer’s yard, where I fell upon a large hay-stack, without waking, and continued there, in a sound sleep, til hay became so extravagantly dear, (which was about three months after,) that the farmer found it his interest to send his whole stock to market: The stack I was reposing upon, was the largest in the yard, containing above 500 load; they began to cut that first. I waked, with the voices of the people, who had ascended the ladders to begin at the top, and got up, totally ignorant of my situation: In attempting to run away, I fell on the farmer to whom the hay belonged, and broke his neck, yet received no injury myself!

Thus, have I related the most interesting part of my adventures.