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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), James, Thomas 1592-1678 (search)
in England about 1590. In 1631 he was sent out by an association at Bristol to search for a northwest passage. With twenty-one men, in the ship Henrietta Maria (named in honor of the Queen), he sailed May 3. On June 29 he spoke the ship of Capt. Luke Fox, who had been sent on the same errand by the King, and furnished with a letter to the Emperor of Japan, if he should find that country. Neither James nor Fox discovered the coveted passage, but the former made valuable discoveries in Hudson Fox discovered the coveted passage, but the former made valuable discoveries in Hudson Bay. James was a man of science, and in his Journal he recorded his observations on rarities he had discovered, both philosophicall and mathematicall. James and his crew suffered terribly, for they passed a winter in those high latitudes, and returned in 1632. In the following year he published The strange and dangerous voyage of Capt. Thomas James for the discovery of a Northwest passage to the South sea. Journalist; born in Utica, N. Y., March 29, 1831; proprietor of the Madison cou