"After he had conquered his melancholy, he diverted himself sometimes with cutting his name on trees, and of the time of his being left, and continuance there. He was at first much pestered with cats and rats that bred in great numbers from some of each species which had got ashore from ships that put in there for wood and water. The rats gnawed his feet and clothes whilst asleep, which obliged him to cherish the cats with his goats' flesh, by which so many of them became so tame, that they would lie about in hundreds, and soon delivered him from the rats. He likewise tamed some kids; to divert himself, would now and then sing and dance with them and his cats; so that by the favor of providence, and the vigor of his youth, being now but thirty years old, he came, at last, to conquer all the inconveniences of his solitude, and to be very easy.
"When his clothes were worn out he
made himself a coat and a cap of goat skins, which he stitched together
with little thongs of the same, that he cut with his knife. He had no other
needle but a nail; and when his knife was worn to the back he made others,
as well as he could, of some iron hoops that were left ashore, which he
beat thin and ground upon stones. Having some linen cloth by him, he sewed
him some shirts with a nail and, stitched them with the worsted of his
old stockings, which he pulled out on purpose. He had his last shirt on
when we found him on the island."