I feel nervous, scared and i really don’t want to die. I’ve been going through hardship and seven years of transportation is surely not the right punishment for such a small. the only reason why i stole goods from houses is because i was very poor and that was the only way to stay alive. all day, everyday the convicts were starving and i was sick of it. I would rather starve to death than be locked up in these heavy metal chains. Other convicts have tried to escape, but have just been lashed to death with a whip or be hanged. i sat down one night and thought to myself “i’m already a convict and there is nothing worse than that, so ill escape. very early in the morning when everyone is asleep i began my new life as a free person.