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and Gentlemen, of his JMa-
tions and discoueries; especially,
* Eeing the deedes of the most iust, and the writings of the S most wise, not onely of men, but of God himselfe, haue beene diuersly traduced by variable iudgments of the Times opinionists; what shall such an ignorant as I expect 2 Yet reposing myselse on your fauours, I present this rude discourse, to the worldes construction; though I am perswaded, that few do think there may be had from New England Staple commodities, well worth 3 or 400000 pound a yeare, with so small charge, and such facilitie, as this discourse will acquaint rou. But, lest your Honours, that know mee not, should thinke } goe by hearesay or affections; I intreat your pardons to say thus much of myselfe: Neere twice nine yeares, I haue beene taught by lamentable experience, as well in Europe and Asia, as Affrick and America, such honest aduentures as the chance of warre doth cast vpon poor souldiers. So that, if I bee not able to iudge of what I haue seene, contriued, and done; it is not the fault either of my eyes, or foure quarters. And these nine }. I haue bent my endeauours to finde a sure foundation te egin these ensuing projects: which though I neuer so plaimely and seriously propound; yet it resteth in God, and you, still to dispose of Not doubting but your goodnesse will pardon my rudenesse, and ponder errours in the balance of good will; No more: but sacring all my best abilities to the good of my Prince, and Countrey, and submitting my selfe to the exquisit iudgeInents of your renowned vertue, I euer rest
for the Countrey of JNew England, in the Cities of London, Bristow, Erceter, Plymouth, Dartmouth, Bastable, Totneys, &c. and in all other Cities and Ports, in the Kingdome of England.
the good of their Commonwealth; much more ought Man. If they punish the drones and sting them steales their labour; then blame not Man. Little hony hath that hiue, where there are more Drones then Bees: and miserable is that Land, where more are idle then well imployed. If the indeauours of those vermin be acceptable, I hope mine may be excuseable; Though I confesse it were more proper for mee, To be doing what I say, then writing what I knowe. Had I returned rich, I could not haue erred: Now hauing onely such fish as came to my net, I must be taxed. But, I would my taxers were as ready to adventure their purses, as I, purse, life, and all I haue: or as diligent to furnish the charge, as I know they are vigilant to crop the fruits of my labours. Then would I not doubt (did God please I might safely arriue in New England, and safely returne) but to performe somewhat more then I haue promised, and approue my words by deeds, according to proportion. I am not the first hath beene betrayed by Pirats: And soure men of warre, prouided as they were, had beene sufficient to haue taken Sampson, Hercules, and Alexander the great, no other way furnisht then I was. I knowe not what assurance any haue do passe the Seas, Not to be subject to casualty as well as my selfe: but least this disaster may hinder my proceedings, or ill will (by rumour) the behoosefull worke I pretend; I haue writ this little: which l did think to haue concealed from any publike vse, till I had made my returnes speake as much, as my pen now doth. But because I speak so much of fishing, if any take mee sor such a deuote fisher, as I dreame of nought else, they mistake mee. I know a ring of golde from a graine of barley, as well
I. the little Ant, and the sillie Bee seek by their diligence as a goldesmith: and nothing is there to bee had which fishing doth hinder, but furder vs to obtaine. Now for that I haue made knowne vnto you a fit place for plantation, limited within the bounds of your Patent and Commission; hauing also receiued meanes, power, and authority by your directions to plant there a Colony, and make further search and discouery in those parts there yet vnknowne: Considering, withall, first those of his Maiesties Councell, then those Cities aboue named, and diuerse others that haue beene moued to lend their assistance to so great a work, do expect (especially the aduenturers) the true relation or euent of my proceedings which I heare are so abused; I am inforced for all these respects, rather to expose my imbecillitie to contempt, by the testimonie of these rude lines then all should condemne me for so bad a Factor, as could neither giue reason nor account of my actions and designes.
In the deserued Honour of the Author, Captaine Iohn Smith, and his Worke.
DAon's Enuie is a sprite, that euer haunts
lo: Dauics, Heref:
To his worthy Captaine the Author.
This which wee call the subiect of all Storie,
Your sometime souldier,
I. Codrinton, now Templer. To my Worthy friend and Cousen, Captaine Iohn Smith.
I", ouer-ioyes my heart, when as thy Words
To that worthy and generous Gentleman, my verie good friend, Captaine Smith.
MA. Fate thy Prospect prosper, that thy name