ll versed in various navigation, had revolved the design of accomplishing the discovery of the north-western passage; esteeming it the only thing of the world, that was yet left undone, by which a notable minde might be made famous and fortunate.
Best, in Hakluyt, III. 86. Too poor himself to provide a ship, it was in vain that he conferred with friends; in vain he offered his services to merchants.
After years of desire, his representations found a hearing at court; and Dudley, earl of Warwick, liberally promoted his design.
Willes's Essay for M. Frobisher's voyage, in Eden and Willes, fol. 230, and ff.; in Hakluyt, III. 47—52. Two small barks of twenty-five and of twenty tons', with a pinnace of ten tons' burden, composed the whole fleet, which was to enter gulfs that none before him had visited.
June 8. dropped down the Thames, Queen Elizabeth waved her hand in token of favor, and, by an honorable message, transmitted her approbation of an adventure which her own t