A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08 eBook

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[Footnote 396:  Purchas mentions, in a side-note, that the concluding paragraph of this article was supplied from the journal of Marten.  But in this hurried conclusion, we are left to conjecture whether the Globe was the ship in which Floris returned to England.—­E.]

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Note.  Following the narrative of Floris, in the Pilgrims of Purchas, vol.  I. p. 328—­332, is given “A Journal of a Voyage in 1612 by the Pearl to the East Indies, wherein went as Captain Mr Samuel Castleton of London, and Captain George Bathurst as Lieutenant; the Narrative written by John Tatton, Master.”  This ship was not fitted out by the Company; but Purchas observes in a side-note, that he had inserted it, “For the furtherance of marine knowledge,” and that, though not directly belonging to the East India Company, yet holding society with the East Indian society.  We suppose it to have been one of those Voyages of which the annalist of the Company, John Bruce, Esq. so much complains, as licensed by King James I. in contradiction to the exclusive charter, which that first king of Great Britain had granted to the English East India Company.

This journal, as it is called, is so retrenched or abbreviated in many parts, as to be almost throughout inconsequential, and often so obscured by the unskilful abridgement of Purchas as to be nearly unintelligible.  We have not therefore deemed it necessary or proper to insert it in our Collection, as not tending to any useful purpose, nor containing any valuable or even amusing information.  Almost the only circumstance it contains worth notice is, that they procured refreshments in a nameless bay on the western coast of Africa, to the north of the Cape of Good Hope, in which they bought calves and sheep very cheap, but could get no water.  From many circumstances this appears to have been what is now called Saldenha bay; which name however in this voyage, is still given to that now called Table bay.  The only water found in that nameless bay was a dirty puddle; and though the boat went a mile up a fine river at the bottom of the bay, they found it all salt, and the whole adjoining country very barren.—­E.

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Eighth Voyage of the English East India Company, in 1611, by Captain John Saris.[397].


Purchas has chosen to place this, and the subsequent early voyages of the English to the East, in a separate division of his Pilgrims, which he entitles “English Voyages beyond the East Indies, &c.  In which their just commerce was nobly vindicated against Turkish treachery; victoriously defended against Portuguese hostility; gloriously advanced against Moorish and Heathenish perfidy; hopefully recovering from Dutch malignity; and justly maintained against ignorant and malicious calumny.”

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