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TO THE RIGHT HONOURable and worthy Lords, Knights,

and Gentlemen, of his JMa

iesties Councell, for all Planta

tions and discoueries; especially,
of New England.

‘ * Eeing the deedes of the most iust, and the writings of the

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 myselfe 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

ou. But, lest your Honours, that know mee not, should thinke ło. 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 soure quarters. And these nine {. I haue bent my endeauours to finde a sure foundation to

egin these ensuing projects: which though I neuer so plainely 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 sub-
mitting my selfe to the exquisit iudge-
ments of your renowned vertue,
I euer rest

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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.

F the little Ant, and the sillie Bee seek by their diligence I 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 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.

Yours to command,

Iohn Smith.

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In the deserued Honour of the Author, Captaine Iohn
Smith, and his Worke.

Amn’d Enuie is a sp'rite, that euer haunts
Beasts, mis-nam'd men; Cowards, or Ignorants.
But, onely such shee followes, whose deere WORTH
(Maugre her malice) sets their glorie forth.
If this faire Ouerture, then, take not; It
Is Enuie's spight (dear friend) in men-of-wit;
Or Feare, lest morsels, which our mouthes possesse,
Might fall from thence; or else, tis Scottishnesse.
If either; (I hope neither) thee they raise;
Thy” Letters are as Letters in thy praise;
Who, by their vice, improue (when they reprooue)
Thy vertue; so, in hate, procure thee Loue.
Then, On firme Worth: this Monument I frame;
Scorning for any Smith to forge such fame.

* Hinderers.

Io: Dauics, Heref:

To his worthy Captaine the Author.

Hhat which wee call the subiect of all Storie,
Is Truth: which in this Worke of thine giues glorie
To all that thou hast done. Then, scorne the spight
Of Enuie; which doth no mans merits right.
My sword may help the rest: my Pen no more
Can doe, but this; I’aue said enough before.

Your sometime souldier,

I. Codrinton, now Templer.

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To my Worthy friend and Cousen, Captaine Iohn Smith.

Touer-ioyes my heart, when as thy Words
Of these designes, with deeds I doe compare.

Heere is a Booke, such worthy truth affords,
None should the due desert thereof impare;
Sith thou, the man, deseruing of these Ages,
Much paine hast ta'en for this our Kingdoms good,
In Climes vnknowne, Mongst Turks and Saluages,
Tinlarge our bounds; though with thy losse of blood.

Hence damn'd Detraction: stand not in our way,

Enuie, it selfe, will not the Truth gainesay.

N. Smith.

To that worthy and generous Gentleman, my verie good

friend, Captaine Smith.

MA. Fate thy Prospect prosper, that thy name
May be etermised with liuing fame:
Though foule Detraction Honour would peruert,
And Enuie euer waits vpon desert:
In spight of Pelias, when his hate lies colde,
Returne as Iason with a fleece of Golde.
Then after-ages shall record thy praise,
That a New England to this Ile didst raise:
And when thou dyst (as all that liue must die)
Thy fame liue heere; thou, with Eternitie.

R: Gunnell.

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