On the morning I arrived I went to call for Hislop. He (modal + not + pretend) could not pretend he (not know) did not know me, but he behaved as though he knew nothing about what I did. When I asked for permission to stay, he said it was out of his hands. He said the merchants (not want) did not want me (land) to land. They had made a petition to him. They said that for six months they had been cut off from trade with the Main because of me, and [now] they (ruin) were ruined for nothing at all. The petition (debate) would be debated that very morning in the Council. Hislop thought I (modal + attend) should not attend the meeting. I suppose that was friendly advice: if I (not go) did not go, perhaps Bernard (not speak up) would not speak up and the vote (go) would go against me. Hislop (be) was full of regrets, of course, but I (modal + leave) would not leave. Heaven (know) knows where I would have been now.
I have assumed that was is referred to in.."nothing about what it did" is some action that he took, as opposed to his occupation.
Student or Learner