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[113] band, which was to have nestled on the Elizabeth
Chap III.} 1602
Islands, finding their friends about to embark for Europe, despaired of obtaining seasonable supplies of food, and determined not to remain. Fear of an assault from the Indians, who had ceased to be friendly, the want of provisions, and jealousy respecting the distribution of the risks and profits, defeated the de sign. The whole party soon set sail and bore for England. The return voyage lasted but five weeks;
June 18.
and the expedition was completed in less than four months, during which entire health had prevailed.1

Gosnold and his companions spread the most favorable reports of the regions which he had visited. Could it be that the voyage was so safe, the climate so pleasant, the country so inviting? The merchants of Bristol, with the ready assent of Raleigh,2 and at the instance of Richard Hakluyt, the enlightened friend and able documentary historian of these commercial enterprises, a man whose fame should be vindicated and asserted in the land which he helped to colonize, determined to pursue the career of investigation. The Speedwell, a small ship of fifty tons and thirty men, the Discoverer, a bark of twenty-six tons and thirteen men, under the command of Martin

1603 April 10.
Pring, set sail for America a few days after the death of the queen. It was a private undertaking, and therefore not retarded by that event. The ship was well provided with trinkets and merchandise, suited to a traffic with the natives; and this voyage also was successful. It reached the American coast among the

1 Gosnold to his father, in Purchas, IV. 1646. Archer's Relation, ibid. IV. 1647—1651. Rosier's Notes, ibid. IV. 1651—1653. Brierston's Relation, in Smith, i. 105—108. Compare, particularly, Belknap's Life of Gosnold, in Am. Biog. II. 100-123.

2 Purchas, IV. 1614.

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