THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN BATES

AUTOBIOGRAPHY

A LONG LIFE ON SHIPBOARD

VOYAGES ON THE ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC OCEANS, THE BALTIC AND MEDITERRANEAN SEAS;

ALSO

Imprisonment and Service on British warships. Long Confinement in Dartmoor Prison, Early Experience in Reformatory Movements;

TRAVELS IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD

1868

AUTHOR'S PREFACE.

I HAVE frequently been solicited by relatives and friends to write a brief history of my past life, but never felt seriously inclined to do so until the year 1858, when I was requested by my friends in the West to furnish a series of articles in relation to my past life, for a religious paper entitled, The Youth's Instructor, published at Battle Creek, Mich. In compliance with their wishes, fifty-one numbers were issued and published in said paper, ending in May, 1863.

As these numbers are about exhausted, we again comply with the request of friends to furnish them, with additional numbers, for publication in book form. JOSEPH BATES.

MONTEREY, MICH., MAY 1, 1868.

INTRODUCTION.

LIFE sketches of great and good men are given to the world for the benefit of generations that follow them. Human life is more or less an experiment to all who enter upon it. Hence the frequent remark that we need to live one life to learn how to live.

To those who take along with them the lamp for their feet, found in the experiences of those who have fought the good fight, and have finished their course with joy, life is not altogether an experiment. The general outlines of life, to say the least, are patterned by these from those who have by the grace of God made themselves good, and noble, and truly great in choosing and defending the right.

The life of Elder Joseph Bates was crowded with unselfish motives and noble actions. That which makes his early history intensely interesting to his personal friends is the fact that he became a devoted follower of Christ, and a thorough practical reformer, and ripened into glorious manhood a true Christian gentleman, while exposed to the evils of sea-faring life, from the cabin-boy of 1807, to the wealthy retiring master of 1828, a period of twenty-one years.

James White