The Merchandise That Is Most Vendible Here For Ready Money, Is
Raw Silk, Damask, Black Taffety, Black And Red Cloth Of The Best Kind,
Lead, And Such Like Goods.
Learning, by this lately-arrived Hollander,
that a settled trade is now carried on by my countrymen in the East
Indies, I presume that some among them, merchants, masters, or mariners,
must needs know me.
Therefore am I emboldened to write these few lines,
which I have made as short as I could, not to be too tedious to the
This country of Japan is a great island, reaching in its northern part
to the latitude of forty-eight degrees, and its most southerly part
is in thirty-five degrees, both north. Its length from east by north to
west by south, for such is its direction, is 220 English leagues. The
breadth from south to north is thirteen degrees, twenty leagues to the
degree, or 260 leagues, so that it is almost square. The inhabitants of
Japan are good-natured, courteous above measure, and valiant in war.
Justice is executed with much severity, and is distributed impartially,
without respect of persons, upon all transgressors of the law. They are
governed in great civility, and I think that no part of the world has
better civil policy. The people are very superstitious in their
religion, and entertain various opinions or beliefs. There are many
jesuits and franciscan friars in the country, and who have many churches
in the land.
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