A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 09 eBook

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[Footnote 104:  The long. of Bantam is 106 deg.  E. from Greenwich.  That in the text appears to have been estimated from the island of Flores, which is 31 deg. 20’ W. from Greenwich, so that the longitude of Bantam ought to have been stated as 137 deg. 20’ E. from Flores, making an error of excess in the text of seven or eight degrees.—­E.]

The 7th March, at five p.m. while in lat. 20 deg. 34’ S. we descried land nine leagues off, N.E. 1/2 N. The S.E. part of this island is somewhat high, but falleth down with a low point.  The W. part is not very high, but flat and smooth towards the end, and falls right down.  The south and west parts of this island is all surrounded with shoals and broken ground, and we did not see the other sides; yet it seemed as if it had good refreshments.  The longitude of this island is 104 deg. from Flores, but by my computation 107 deg..[105] In these long voyages, we do not rely altogether on our reckoning, but use our best diligence for discovering the true longitudes, which are of infinite importance to direct our course aright.

[Footnote 105:  No island is to be found in the latitude and longitude indicated in the text.—­E.]


The Twelfth Voyage of the East India Company, in 1613, by Captain Christopher Newport.[106]

The full title of this voyage, as given in the Pilgrims, is as follows:—­“A Journal of all principal Matters passed in the Twelfth Voyage to the East India, observed by me Walter Payton, in the good ship the Expedition.—­Whereof Mr Christopher Newport was captain, being set out Anno 1612.  Written by the said Walter Payton.”  The date of the year of this voyage, according to our present mode of computation, was 1613, as formerly explained at large, the year being then computed to commence on the 25th March, instead of the 1st January.—­E.

[Footnote 106:  Purch.  Pilgr.  I. 488.]

Sec.1. Observations at St Augustine, Mohelia, and divers Parts of Arabia.

The 7th January, 1613, we sailed from Gravesend for India, in the good ship Expedition of London, about the burden of 260 tons, and carrying fifty-six persons; besides the Persian ambassador and his suite, of whom there were fifteen persons, whom we were ordered to transport to the kingdom of Persia, at the cost of the worshipful company.  The names of the ambassador and his people were these.  Sir Robert Sherley the ambassador, and his lady, named Teresha, a Circassian; Sir Thomas Powell, and his lady, called Tomasin, a Persian; a Persian woman, named Leylye; Mr Morgan Powell; Captain John Ward; Mr Francis Bubb, secretary; Mr John Barbar, apothecary; John Herriot, a musician; John Georgson, goldsmith, a Dutchman; Gabriel, an old Armenian; and three Persians, named Nazerbeg, Scanderbeg, and Molhter.

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