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[178] keeping good watch, and bearing but slack sail, the 4th of the same month we arrived upon the coast, which we supposed to be a continent and firm land; and we sailed along the same a hundred and twenty English miles before we could find any entrance or river issuing into the sea. The first that appeared unto us, we entered, though not without some difficulty, and cast anchor about three arquebuse-shot within the haven's mouth on the left-hand of the same. And, after thanks given to God for our safe arrival thither, we manned our boats, and went to view the land next adjoining, and ‘to take possession of the same in the right of the Queen's most excellent Majesty, as rightful queen and princess of the same,’ and after1 delivered the same over to your use, according to her Majesty's grant, and letters-patent, under her Highness' great seal.

We passed from the seaside towards the tops of those hills next adjoining, being but of mean height; and from thence we beheld the sea on both sides to the north, and to the south, finding no end any of both ways. This land lay stretching itself to the west, which after we found to be but an island of twenty miles long, and not about six miles broad.2 Under the bank or hill whereon we stood, we beheld the valleys replenished with goodly cedar-trees; and, having discharged our arquebuse-shot, such a flock of cranes— the most part white-arose under us, with such a cry, redoubled by many echoes, as if an army of men had shouted all together.

1 Afterwards.

2 This was one of the islands on the North Carolina coast, probably Portsmouth Island.

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