X.—The glories of fishing.
The main staple from hence to be extracted, for the present, to produce the rest, is fish; which, however it may seem a mean and base commodity, yet who will but truly take the pains, and consider the sequel, I think will allow it well worth the labor.
It is strange to see
what great adventures the hopes of setting forth menof-war to rob the industrious innocent would procure. . . . But who doth not know that the poor Hollanders
, chiefly by fishing, at a great charge and labor, in all weathers in the open sea, are made a people so hardy and industrious?
and by the sending this poor commodity to the Easterlings1
for as mean,2
which is wood, flax, pitch, tar, rosin, cordage, and such like,—