Emily [O. Pelton]
and bailing now drifted back now gaining a few rods, now fast on a candbar on this side now aground on the other, till the victory was again wrenched from us and, drawing our boat upon a large sandbank we disembarked, laid our packs at our feet, and with uncovered heads, thus addressed the culprit boat, each in turn O Boat, here[illegible] and perverse, why perish in this obstimate and un- profitable determination of opposition to the reasonable demands of thy lords and masters. [Don't plead?] weakness? fearest thou the gran- elly shoals and angry waves of the whirlpool, or the jutting rock bank? These dangers have all been [illegible] a thousand times by the frailest canoe that smoothly and un- murmmingly have [illegible] theirtowing masters with [them?] little ones in softy over these waters. As does fond attachment for thy parent stream bring forth this unbecoming opposition Art thou then unwilling to follow [duty?] to all places. Shall flimsy inclination overcome principle, Shame be thy portions thou art small and light as a baby cradle but ob[illegible] and unsteerable as Noahs ark, Shame [but think thee?] of the bark canoe, the tinkling gondola and whole sloop, with the vast livia[illegible] of war, all humble and [illegible]- edient to navigate all waters in glassy calmness or when t[illegible] to the sky [illegible] in the foam of the storm, depart from my service to that of another upon thy parent whom thou seemest to love and may'st thou serve her better than
Fountain Lake [Wisc.]
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