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The 4th was fair weather, and the wind at north north-west. We weighed, and came out of the river, into which we had run so far. . . .

By twelve of the clock we were clear of all the inlet. Then we took in our boat, and set our mainsail and spritsail and topsails, and steered away east southeast and south-east by east, off into the main sea. . . .

We continued our course toward England, without seeing any land by the way, all the rest of this month of October; and on the seventh day of November, stilo novoa,1 being Saturday, by the grace of God we safely arrived in the range of Dartmouth, in Devonshire, in the year 1609.


Ii.—Indian traditions of Henry Hudson's arrival.

[the following narrative was written in 1800, by Rev. John Heckewelder, for many years a missionary among the Indians; the traditions having been told to him, as he says, forty years earlier, that is, about 1761, a century and a half after the coming of Hudson.]


The following account of the first arrival of Europeans at New York Island is verbatim as it was related to me by aged and respected Delawares, Monseys, and Mahicanni (otherwise called Mohegans, Mahicandus), near forty years ago. It is copied from notes and manuscripts taken on the spot. They say,—

A long time ago, when there was no such thing

1 New style. What was called the ‘new style’ of reckoning by the Gregorian Calendar was not adopted in England till 1753, but by the other nations of Europe much earlier,

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