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ed, the common friends of the parties at variance interposed, and soon put an end to the difference. As to laws, the Buccaneers acknowledged none but an odd jumble of conventions made between themselves, which, however, they regarded as the sovereign rule. They silenced all objećtions by cooly answering, that it was not the custom of the coast, and grounded their right of ačting in this manner, on their baptism under the tropic, which freed them, in their opinion, from all obligations antecedent to that marine ceremony. The governor of Tortuga, when that island was again settled, though appointed by the French court, had very little authority over them; they contented themselves with rendering him from time to time some slight homage. They had in a manner entirely shaken off the yoke of religion, and thought they did a great deal, in not wholly forgetting the God of their Fathers. We are surprised to meet with nations, among whom it is a difficult matter to dis. cover any traces of a religious worship: And yet it is certain, that had the Buccaneers of St. Domingo been perpetuated on the same footing they subsisted at the time we are speaking of the third or fourth generation of them would have as little religion as the Caffres and Hottentots of Africa, or the Topinambous and Cannibals of America. They even laid aside their surnames, and assumed nick-names, or martial names, most of which have continued in their families to this day. Many however, on their marrying, which seldom happened till they turned planters, took care to have their real surnames inserted in the marriage contračt; and this Practice gave occasion, to a proverb,

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