Time Went Away Without Anything Done By His Assigns; Insomuch That At
Last He Must Resolve Himself To Take A Voyage In Person, For More
Assurance To Keep His Patent In Force, Which Then Almost Was Expired
Or Within Two Years.
In furtherance of his determination, amongst
others, Sir George Peckham, Knight, shewed himself very zealous to the
action, greatly aiding him both by his advice and in the charge.
gentlemen to their ability joined unto him, resolving to adventure
their substance and lives in the same cause. Who beginning their
preparation from that time, both of shipping, munition, victual, men,
and things requisite, some of them continued the charge two years
complete without intermission. Such were the difficulties and cross
accidents opposing these proceedings, which took not end in less than
two years; many of which circumstances I will omit.
The last place of our assembly, before we left the coast of England,
was in Cawset Bay, near unto Plymouth, then resolved to put unto the
sea with shipping and provision such as we had, before our store yet
remaining, but chiefly the time and season of the year, were too far
spent. Nevertheless, it seemed first very doubtful by what way to
shape our course, and to begin our intended discovery, either from the
south northward or from the north southward. The first, that is,
beginning south, without all controversy was the likeliest, wherein we
were assured to have commodity of the current which from the Cape of
Florida setteth northward, and would have furthered greatly our
navigation, discovering from the foresaid cape along towards Cape
Breton, and all those lands lying to the north.
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