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same distance on his way, he had to withdraw privately again, complaining of an unusual pain of his bowels, the like of which he had never felt in his life before. The remaining part of his journey, to wit: four miles, was accomplished in a boat; in which space the severe torture of his bowels and the looseness of his belly frequently compelled him to land. Having arrived at the fort, scarcely in possession of his mind, through so great pain, he rolls himself at one time on the ground, at another casts himself on a bench, again on a bed, crying out all the time with a loud voice " I am burning up! I am burning up! There is a fire in my belly! There is a fire in my bowels!" The officers, having pitied the deplorable fate of their comrade, carry him at length, placed in a boat, to a certain Thomas Hebden, a skilful surgeon ; but the malady had proceeded farther than could be cured or alleviated by his art. In the meantime you could hear nothing else coming from his lips, than that well-known and mournful cry "I am burning up! I am burning up! Fire! Fire!" The day after, which was the second of August, his intolerable suffering growing worse every hour, his bowels began to be voided, piecemeal. But on the 3d of August, furious and raging, he passed larger portions of the intestines, some of which were a foot, some a foot and a half, others two feet long. At length, the fourth day drained the whole pump, so that it left nothing remaining but the abdomen, empty and void. Still surviving, he saw the dawning of the fifth day, when the unhappy wretch ceased to see and live, an example to posterity of divine vengeance warning mankind:
"Discite justitiam inoniti et non contemners divos."
Innumerable persons, still living, saw the intestines of the dead man for many months hung upon the fence posts, among whom also he who has added his testimony to these things, and with his eyes saw and with his hands handled the bowels, blackened and as if crisped up by fire, of this modern Judas, who, when being hung, broke in the midst and all his bowels gushed out.
1671. The Maryland mission has four companions, two priests and two temporal coadjutors. This mission succeeds prosperously, as we have learned from the last letters, and bears no mean harvest; and would yield greater, if more laborers would till it. Of those who were sent in former years very few remain, the others being removed by death, of which number this year were father William Pellam, and Thomas Sherbon, temporal coadjutor. In this mission fifty four have been brought to the catholic faith; and twenty general confessions have been received.
1672. Two priests have care of the Maryland mission, to whom as many coadjutors have been added for the care of temporal and domestic affairs. From the last return made, it is counted—seventy brought over to the church, one hundred baptized, twenty general confessions received.
1673. This year, two priests and one temporal coadjutor are here. They bestow their principal labor in confirming catholics in the faith, and imbuing them with piety, but labor also as occasion serves with the heretics, and of these have brought into the fold of the church twenty-eight; but by sacred baptism have regenerated seventy infants to Christ. But two fathers of the order of St. Francis, sent from England the year before, have entered into a portion of the labors and harvest; between whom and us offices of kindness are mutually observed for the common prosperity of the catholic cause.
1674. The mission has three confederates, two priests and one coadjutor: the latter indeed watches over the temporal affairs; but by the labors of the former, thirty-four have been brought to the faith and the catholic church; seventy five have been baptized; seven general confessions have been received.
1675. During the autumn last past the mission has been augmented by a new addition of four confederates, to wit: two priests and as many coadjutors, who sailed from London about the end of November, with the royal fleet, all of whom, we learn from the letters of father Francis Pennington, arrived in those parts in health and safety; who, nevertheless, states that a companion with him, father Nicholas Gulich, who had contracted a severe sickness on ship-board, is still grievously ill; but that there is no doubt of his recovery. But what fruit our people have produced in the culture of this vineyard we have not yet learned.
1677. The Maryland mission numbers six confederates; it was increased, about the close of the year, by two confederates, one a priest, the other a lay coadjutor. At this place Francis Knotchball, a temporal coadjutor, departed this life. He was admitted into the order at Walter, on 20th November, 1671, and, while yet in his noviciate, with great zeal was desirous of the Maryland mission, which at length he obtained about the close of the year 1674 ; in which, however, it was not permitted him to prosper more than the space of two yea/s; for in the 6th of January of the following year, 1677, he was carried off by death.