[British Surveyor-General of North Carolina. d. 1711.]
Exact Description and Natural History
Together with the Present State thereof.
Of a Thousand Miles, Travel'd thro' several
Nations of INDIANS.
Giving a particular Account of their Customs,
By John Lawson, Gent. Surveyor-General of North Carolina.
To His Excellency
WILLIAM Lord CRAVEN, Palatine;
The most Noble, HENRY Duke of BEAUFORT;
The Right Hon-ble JOHN Lord CARTERET;
The Hon-ble MAURICE ASHLEY, Esq;
Sir JOHN COLLETON, Baronet,
JOHN DANSON, Esq;
And the rest of the True and Absolute
Province of Carolina in America.
As Debts of Gratitude ought most punctually to be paid, so, where the Debtor
is uncapable of Payment, Acknowledgments ought, at least, to be made.
I cannot, in the least, pretend to retaliate Your Lordships Favours to me,
but must farther intrude on that Goodness of which I have already had
so good Experience, by laying these Sheets at Your Lordships Feet,
where they beg Protection, as having nothing to recommend them, but Truth;
a Gift which every Author may be Master of, if he will.
I here present Your Lordships with a Description of your own Country,
for the most part, in her Natural Dress, and therefore less vitiated
with Fraud and Luxury. A Country, whose Inhabitants may enjoy
a Life of the greatest Ease and Satisfaction, and pass away their Hours
in solid Contentment.