A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 07 eBook

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distinctions sake, we call the admiral.  These omissions may be excuseable in a private letter, written only to acquaint the merchants of particulars they had not before learnt, and not designed as a formal narrative of the voyage to be laid before the public.  As these, however, are essential to narratives of this kind, it might have been expected of Mr Hakluyt to have supplied such defects.  We may judge, however, that the number of ships was seven, as in the preceding account of the fleet of the Indies, six London ships are mentioned as having fallen in with it, which were probably those separated from the admiral or commodore, which ship will make the seventh.—­Astley.

[Footnote 377:  Hakluyt, II. 671.  Astley, I. 221.]

[Footnote 378:  Astley, I. 221.]


Worshipful, my hearty commendations to you premised.—­By my last letter, dated 12th August from this place, I advertised you particularly of the accidents which had befallen our fleet till then.  It now remains to relate our exertions for accomplishing our orders for endeavouring to join my Lord Thomas Howard, and the success we have had.  We departed from hence on the 17th August, the wind not serving before.  Next day I summoned a council by signal, on which the captains and masters of all the ships came on board, when I acquainted them with my commission, confirmed by the lords of her majestys council, and with the advertisement of Sir Edward Denny, that my lord had determined to remain 60 leagues west of Fayal, spreading his squadron north and south between 37 deg. 30’ and 38 deg. 30’ north.  But, if we did not there find him, we were to repair to the islands of Flores and Corvo, where a pinnace would purposely wait our coming till the last day of August; with the intent, after that day, to repair to the coast of Spain, about the heighth of the rock [of Lisbon?], some twenty or thirty leagues off shore.  This being advisedly considered, and having regard to the shortness of time occasioned by our long delay at this place, and the uncertainty of favourable weather for us, it was generally concluded, as the best and surest way to meet my lord, to bear up for the heighth of the rock, without making any stay upon the coast, and thence to make directly for the foresaid islands, which was accordingly fully agreed to and performed.

[Footnote 379:  In pursuance of our uniform plan, of drawing from the original sources, this article is an exact transcript from Hakluyt, only modernizing his antiquated language and orthography, and not copied from the abridgement of Astley.—.E]

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