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Rochell; where I vinderstood the man of warre which we left at Sea, and the rich prize was split, the Captaine drowned and halfe his companie the same night, within seauen leagues of that place, from whence I escaped alone, in the little boate, by the mercy of God; far beyond all mens reason, or my expectation. Arriuing at Rochell, vpon my complaint to the ludge of the Admiralitie, I founde many good words, and faire promises; and ere long many of them that escaped drowning, tolde mee the newes they heard of my owne death: these I arresting, their seuerall examinations did so confirme my complaint, it was held proofe sufficient. All which being performed according to the - order of iustice, from vnder the iudges hand; I pre.." sented it to the English Ambassador then at Bur
deaur, where it was my chance to see the arriuall of the Kings great mariage brought from Spaine. Of the wrack of the rich prize some 36000. crownes worth of goods came a shore and was saued with the Caruell, which I did my best to arrest: the Iudge did promise me I should haue iustice; what They betried will bee the conclusion as yet, I know not. But ***ing to vnder the colour to take Pirats and West-Indie men
on trade in the West-Indies) any goods from thence, unore, besides to cooled though they take them vpon the Coast of Spanne, .."... are lawfull prize; or from any of his territories out that year. . of the limits of Europe. Leauing thus my businesse in France, I returned §...'... to Plimouth, to find them that had thus buried me - amongst the French : and not onely buried mee, but with so much infamy, as such trecherous cowards could suggest to excuse their villanies: But my clothes, bookes, instruments, Armes, and what I had, they shared amongst them, and what they liked; sayning, the French had all was wanting; and had throwne them into the Sea, taken their ship, and all, had they not runne away and left me as they did. The cheestaines of this mutinie that I could finde, I laied by the heeles; the rest, like themsblues, confessed the truth as you haue heard. Now how I haue or could preuent these accidents, I rest at your censures. But to the matter. Newfound-land at the first, I haue heard, was held as desperate a fishing, as this I project in New England. Placentia, and the Banke, were also as doubtfull to the French: But, for all the disasters happened mee, the businesse is the same it was: and the fiue ships (whereof one was reported more then three hundred tunnes) went forward; and found fish so much, that neither Izeland-man, nor Newfound-land-man, I could heare of hath beene there, will goe any more to either place, if they may
goe thither. So, that vpon the returne of my Vice- or of admirall that proceeded on her voyage when I spent of "...? ". my masts, from Plimouth this yeare are gone soure of or fiue saile: and from London as many; onely **** to make voyages of profit: where the Englishmen haue yet beene, all their returnes together (except Sir Fr. Popphames) would scarce make one a sauer of meere a douzen I could nominate; though there be fish sufficient, as I perswade my selfe, to fraught yearely soure or fiue hundred sayle, or as many as will goe. For, this fishing stretcheth along the Coast from Cape Cod to Newfound-land, which is seauen or eight hundered miles at the least; and hath his course in the deepes, and by the shore, all the yeare long; keeping their hants and feedings as the beasts of the field, and the birds of the aire. But, all men are not such as they should bee, haue vndertaken those voiages: and a man that hath but heard of an instrument, can hardly vse it so well, as hee that by vse hath contriued to make it. All the Romanes were not Scipioes : nor all the Geneweses, Columbuses: nor all Spanyards, Corteses: had they diued no deeper in the secrets of their discoueries, then wee, or stopped at such doubts and poore accidentall chances; they had neuer beene remembred as they are: yet had they no such certainties to begin as wee. But, to conclude, Adam and Eue did first beginne this innocent worke, To plant the earth to remaine to posteritie; but not without labour, trouble and industrie. Noe, and his family, beganne againe the second plantation; and their seede as it still increased, hath still planted new Countries, and one countrie another: and so the world to that estate it is. But not without much hazard, trauell, discontents, and many disasters. Had those worthie Fathers and their memorable off-spring not beene more dilligent for vs now in these Ages, then wee are to plant that yet vnplanted, for the after liuers: Had the seede of Abraham, our Sauiour Christ, and his Apostles, exposed themselues to no more dangers to teach the Gospell, and the will of God then wee; Euen wee our selues, had at this present been as Saluage, and as miserable as the most barbarous Saluage yet vnciuilized. The Hebrewes, and Lacedaemonians, the Goths, the Grecians, the Romanes, and the rest, what was it they would not vndertake to inlarge their Territories, enrich their subjects, resist their enemies? Those that were the founders of those great Monarchies and their vertues, were no siluered idle golden Pharises, but industrious iron-steeled Publicans: They regarded more proulsions, and necessaries for their people, then iewels, riches, ease, or delight for themselues. Riches were their seruants, not their Maisters. They ruled (as Fathers, not as Tyrantes) their people as children, not as slaues: there was no disaster, could discourage them; and let none thinke they incountered not with all manner of incumbrances. And what haue euer beene the workes of the greatest Princes of the earth, but planting of countries, and ciuilizing barbarous and inhumane Nations, to ciuilitie and humanitie? whose etermall actions, fill our histories. Lastly, the Portugales, and Spanyards ; whose euerliuing actions, before our eyes will testifie with them our idlenesse, and ingratitude to all posterities, and the neglect of our duties in our pietie and religion we owe our God, our King, and Countrie; and of want charity to those poore saluages, whose Countrie wee challenge, vse and possesse; except wee bee but made to vse, and marre what our Fore-fathers made, or but onely tell what they did, or esteeme our selues too good to take the like paines. Was it vertue in them, to prouide that doth maintaine vs 2 and baseness for vs. to doe the like for others? Surely no. Then seeing we are not borne for our selues, but each to helpe other and our abilities are much alike at the houre of our birth and the minute of our death: Seeing our good deedes, or our badde, by faith in Christs merits, is all we haue to carrie our soules to heauen, or hell: Seeing honour is our liues ambition; and our ambition after death, to haue an honourable memorie of our life: and seeing by moe meanes wee would bee abated of the dignities and glories of our Predecessors; let vs imitate their vertues to bee worthily their * SucCeSSOrS.
To his worthy Captaine, the Author.
OF: thou hast led, when I brought vp the Rere
Your true friend,
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