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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,—

1 Eastern merchants, as the Germans and Danes.

2 i.e., for other commodities as mean.

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