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A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia   By: (1560-1621)

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[Redactor's note: This is an 8 bit version with accented characters. Italics have been bracketed with the single 'quote' character. This is the 1590 edition of de Brys in the Library of Congress.]

A Briefe and True Report by Thomas Hariot A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, 'of the commodities and of the nature and man ners of the naturall inhabitants: Discouered bÿ the English Colony there seated by' Sir Richard Greinuile Knight 'In the yeere 1585. Which rema =ined vnder the gouernment of twelue monethes, At the speciall charge and direction of the Honou= rable' SIR WALTER RALEIGH Knight, lord Warden of the stanneries Who therein hath beene fauoured and authorised bÿ her' MAIESTIE ':and her letters patents: This fore booke Is made in English By Thomas Hariot; seruant to the abouenamed Sir' WALTER, 'a member of the Colonÿ, and there imploÿed in discouering.' CVM GRATIA ET PRIVILEGIO CÆS.MATIS SPECIALD FRANCOFORTI AD MOENVM TYPIS IOANNIS WECHELI, SVMTIBVS VERO THEODORI DE BRY ANNO CD D XC. VENALES REPERIVNTVR IN OFFICINA SIGISMVNDI FEIRABENDII TO THE RIGHT WORTHIE AND HONOV RABLE, SIR VVALTER RALEGH, KNIGHT, SENESCHAL OF THE DVCHIES OF Cornewall and Exeter, and L. Warden of the stannaries in Deuon and Cornewall, T.B. wisheth true felicitie.

'SIR, seeing that the parte of the Worlde, which is betwene the FLORIDA and the Cap BRETON nowe nammed VIRGINIA, to the honneur of yours most souueraine Layde and Queene ELIZABETZ, hath ben descouuerd by yours meanes. And great chardges. And that your Collonye hath been theer established to your great honnor and prayse, and noelesser proffit vnto the common welth: Yt ys good raison that euery man euertwe him selfe for to showe the benefit which they haue receue of yt. Theerfore, for my parte I haue been allwayes Desirous for to make yow knowe the good will that I haue to remayne still your most humble særuant. I haue thincke that I cold faynde noe better occasion to declare yt, then takinge the paines to cott in copper (the most diligent ye and well that wear in my possible to doe) the Figures which doe leuelye represent the forme aud maner of the Inhabitants of the sane countrye with theirs ceremonies, sollemne,, feastes, and the manner and situation of their Townes of Villages. Addinge vnto euery figure a brief declaration of the same, to that ende that cuerye man cold the better vnderstand that which is in liuely represented. Moreouer I haue thincke that the aforesaid figures wear of greater commendation, If somme Histoire which traitinge of the commodites and fertillitye of the rapport which Thomas Hariot hath lattely sett foorth, and haue causse them booth togither to be printed for to dedicated vnto you, as a thiuge which by reigtte dooth allreadye apparteyne vnto you. Therfore doe I creaue that you will accept this little Booke, and take yt In goode partte... Continue reading book >>

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