Hamel wrote a favorable impression
upon Moksa Lee Won-jin after interrogation in Jeju.
He said that Moksa Lee Won-jin was kind and sympathetic,
was born in Seoul, looked about seventies, and enjoyed
King Hyojong's deep confidence.
In reality, Lee Won-jin
consoled them for their unfortunate shipwreck in a foreign
He provided food to them and gave a chance to go out
by turns in six-pairs everyday. Since Lee Won-jin frequently
talked with them, they could communicate even with gesture
and clumsy words. Lee Won-jin treated them generously
and supported them.
However, with the appointment of a new Moksa, the situation
was completely changed. Early in December, Lee Won-jon
finished up his 3-year term and left for Seoul.
Before leaving, Lee Won-jin gave durumagi (man's outer
coat) and a pair of shoes to them for them to withstand
the cold. Also, he gave them back their recovered books.
He was sorry that he could not send them to Japan but
he promised them to do his best for their release and
facilitate their travel to Seoul (the capital). This
was communicated through an interpreter Park
According to Hamel's report, Lee Won-jin left Jeju-do
early January in 1654.
A new Moksa, So Dong-do treated Hamel and his mates
Immediately on starting his new post, he seized their
provisions of rice, before they had to make a meal with
only rice and salt. But Dong-do provided barley instead
of rice and barley flour instead of wheat flour without
Such situation made them terrified and went so far as
to plan for escape. They had an eye on one ship and
plan for escape. Late April in 1654, they had a chance
to escape, but they gave up because a dog howled and
soldiers strictly guarded them.
In early May, 6 people had a good chance and took a
ship to escape. But, they failed because water filled
their ship that prevented it to sail. They were arrested
and examined for searching out conspirators. Escapees
were given 25 blows on theirbare buttocks with a stick
and as a result, they had to stay in bed for about a
month. Going out was generally prohibited and they were
Late May in 1654, at length, Hamel and his mates received
the long-waited order from the king for them to go to
Seoul. Hamel was very happy so as to finish a miserable
life in Jeju-do.
Six or seven days later,
they went on board four ships and their one hand and
both ankles were handcuffed to prevent their escape
under neglectable watch. They were on board for two
days but went back to Jeju-do because of bad weather.
Four or five days later, they could leave again. Finally,
they left Jeju-do early June in 1654.