PART IV--A VOYAGE TO THE COUNTRY OF THE HOUYHNHNMS.
1. CHAPTER I.
Upon the 9th day of May, 1711, one James Welch came down to my
cabin, and said, "he had orders from the captain to set me ashore."
I expostulated with him, but in vain; neither would he so much as
tell me who their new captain was. They forced me into the long-boat, letting me put on my best suit of clothes, which were as good
as new, and take a small bundle of linen, but no arms, except my
hanger; and they were so civil as not to search my pockets, into
which I conveyed what money I had, with some other little
necessaries. They rowed about a league, and then set me down on a
strand. I desired them to tell me what country it was. They all
swore, "they knew no more than myself;" but said, "that the
captain" (as they called him) "was resolved, after they had sold
the lading, to get rid of me in the first place where they could
discover land." They pushed off immediately, advising me to make
haste for fear of being overtaken by the tide, and so bade me