ciety, second series, vol.
I.—First news of John and Sebastian Cabot.
[from a letter written by Lorenzo Pasqualigo, from London, to his. Brothers in Venice, and dated Aug. 23, 1497.]
This Venetian of ours, who went with a ship from Bristol in quest of new islands, is returned, and says that seven hundred leagues hVenetian of ours, who went with a ship from Bristol in quest of new islands, is returned, and says that seven hundred leagues hence he discovered terra firma,
Firm land, or continent. which is the territory of the Grand Cham.
The name then given to the sovereign of Tartary, now called Khan.
Shakspeare, in Much Ado about Nothing, written about 1600, says, Fetch you a hair off the great Cham's beard. He coasted for three hundred leagues, and landed.
s: and whether by that way one may go by sea into the country of Cathaio:
Cathay. as many years past it was written unto me by Sebastian Gabot, our countryman Venetian, a man of great experience, and very rare in the art of Navigation and the knowledge of Cosmography: who sailed along and beyond this land of New France, at the