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[91] English, now in three vessels only, sailed on further
Chap. III.} 1583
discoveries, intending to visit the coast of the United States. But they had not proceeded towards the 1583 south beyond the latitude of Wiscasset, when the largest ship, from the carelessness of the crew, struck and was wrecked. Nearly a hundred men perished;
Aug. 27
the ‘mineral-man’ and the ore were all lost; nor was it possible to rescue Parmenius, the Hungarian scholar, who should have been the historian of the expedition.

It now seemed necessary to hasten to England. Gilbert had sailed in the Squirrel, a bark of ten tons only, and therefore convenient for entering harbors and approaching the coast. On the homeward voyage, the brave admiral would not forsake his little company, with whom he had encountered so many storms and perils. A desperate resolution! The weather was extremely rough; the oldest mariner had never seen ‘more outrageous seas.’ The little frigate, not more than twice as large as the long-boat of a merchantman, ‘too small a bark to pass through the ocean sea at that season of the year,’ was nearly wrecked. The general, sitting abaft with a book in his hand, cried out to those in the Hind, ‘We are as neere to heaven by sea as by land.’ That same night, about twelve o'clock, the lights of the Squirrel suddenly disappeared; and neither the vessel, nor any of its crew, was ever again seen. The Hind reached Falmouth in

Sept. 22.

The bold spirit of Raleigh was not disheartened by

the sad fate of his step-brother; but his mind revolved a settlement in a milder climate; and he was determined

1 On Gilbert, see Hayes, in Hakluyt, III. 184—203; Parmenius to Hakluyt, III. 203—205; Clark's Relation, ibid. 206—208; Gilbert to Peckham, in Purchas, III. 808; leigh to Gilbert, in Tytler's Raleigh, 45.

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