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By Thomas Rundall (editor)

The courses of the Hakluyt Society (founded in 1846) made on hand edited (and occasionally translated) early debts of exploration. the 1st sequence, which ran from 1847 to 1899, comprises a hundred books containing released or formerly unpublished works via authors from Christopher Columbus to Sir Francis Drake, and overlaying voyages to the recent international, to China and Japan, to Russia and to Africa and India. quantity five, released in 1849 and edited by means of Thomas Rundall, features a choice of money owed when it comes to the quest for the 'North-West Passage' - the hoped-for path to the a long way East and India in the course of the scattered islands and freezing seas to the north of Canada. Narratives of makes an attempt through recognized explorers comparable to Cabot, Frobisher, Hudson and Baffin in addition to lesser recognized figures are observed via a piece of writing advent and end, and by way of explanatory notes.

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John Dee entertained serious doubts respect- FIRST VOYAGE OF SIR MARTIN FROBIS1IER. 9 ing the practicability of the intended voyage; and he was invited to investigate the matter. At an interview, at which Frobisher, Barn, Towerson, and Borough, were also present, held on the 20th of May 1576, Lois took pains, fully and plainly, to expound his reasons, in opposition to the adverse opinion entertained by the Doctor. He laid before him " his bokes and authors, his cardes and his instruments"; together with all the notes he had made in writing regarding the undertaking, which he had been collecting during many years, and forming, he states, a bulky volume.

At home, the adventurer "was highly commended, of all men, for his great and notable attempt; but specially famous for the great hope he brought of the passage to Cataya". Yet, but for an accidental circumstance that occurred some time subsequent to the completion of the voyage, it is not improbable the matter would have died away. This incident is thus alluded to by Hakluyt. The crews of the vessels, it seems, had brought home divers articles as memorials of the regions they had been exploring; and among these mementoes were some pieces of stone "much Kke sea cole in colour".

Lying a hull", in order not to outstrip her consorts, a precaution which proved futile, the Aid was most grievously buffeted by the waves. Threatened, momentarily, to be overtaken and overwhelmed by the tremendous sea that was running, they were constrained, at length, "with a hoist of their sail, to try it out, and ease the rolling of the ship". The following day proved calm; and search being made to ascertain what damage had been sustained, it was found that the rudder was "reft in twain, and almost ready to fall away".

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