When the pistols were ready, Blackbeard blew out the candle and crossing his hands discharged them at his company: Hands, the master, was shot through the knew and lamed for life, the other pistol did no execution. Being asked for the meaning of this, he only answered, by damning them:
"If I did not now and then kill one of you, you would forget who I was!"
Being one day at sea, and a little flushed with drink
"Come" he says "Let us make a Hell of our own and try how long we can bare it"
Accordingly he, with two or three others, went down into the hold, and closing up all the hatches, filled several pots full of brimstone, and other combustible matter, and set it on fire, and so continued till they were almost suffocated, when some of the men cried out for air, at length he opened the hatches, not a little pleased that he held out the longest.
The night before he was killed...one of Blackbeard's men asked whether his wife knew where he had buried his money. He answered:
"Nobody but myself and the devil knows where it is, and the longest liver shall take all!"
happy September 19th