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[Footnote 182:  These observations are to be considered as applying entirely to the earlier connection of the English with India.  In more modern days there has been a sufficiently copious series of great actions, battles, sieges, and conquests; but these belong to a different and more modern period than that now under review, and are more connected with the province of political military and naval history, than with a Collection of Voyages and Travels.  Yet these likewise will require to be noticed in an after division of this work.—­E.]

[Footnote 183:  A commencement towards this great desideratum in English History has been lately made, by the publication of the early History of the English East India Company, by John Bruce, Esquire, Historiographer to the Company.—­E.]

SECTION I.

Second Voyage of the English to Barbary, in the year 1552, by Captain Thomas Windham[184].

Of the first voyage to Barbary without the straits, made by the same Captain Thomas Wyndham, the only remaining record is in a letter from James Aldaie to Michael Locke, already mentioned in the Introduction to this Chapter, and preserved in Hakluyt’s Collection, II. 462.  According to Hakluyt, the account of this second voyage was written by James Thomas, then page to Captain Thomas Windham, chief captain of the voyage, which was set forth by Sir John Yorke, Sir William Gerard, Sir Thomas Wroth, Messieurs Frances Lambert, Cole, and others.—­E.

[Footnote 184:  Hakluyt, II. 463.  Astley, I. 140.]

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The ships employed on this voyage were three, of which two belonged to the River Thames.  These were the Lion of London of about 150 tons, of which Thomas Windham was captain and part owner; and the Buttolfe of about 80 tons.  The third was a Portuguese caravel of about 60 tons, bought from some Portuguese at Newport in Wales, and freighted for the voyage.  The number of men in the three ships was 120.  The master of the Lion was John Kerry of Minehead in Somersetshire, and his mate was David Landman.  Thomas Windham, the chief captain of the Adventure, was a gentleman, born in the county of Norfolk, but resident at Marshfield Park in Somersetshire.

The fleet set sail from King-road near Bristol about the beginning of May 1552, being on a Monday morning; and on the evening of the Monday fortnight we came to anchor in the port of Zafia or Asafi on the coast of Barbary, in 32 deg.  N. where we landed part of our cargo to be conveyed by land to the city of Marocco.  Having refreshed at this port, we went thence to the port of Santa-Cruz, where we landed the rest of our goods, being a considerable quantity of linen and woollen cloth, with coral, amber, jet, and divers other goods esteemed by the Moors.  We found a French ship in the road of Santa-Cruz, the people on board which being uncertain whether France and

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