manye from tyme to tyme have gon about to
fynd owt this great land, to inhabite there, who
nevertheles have alwaies failed and byn put by
of * there intention and purpose, some through
feare of shipwracke, and some by great wyndes
and tempestes that drove them backe, to theire
marvelous greif; of the which ther was one a
verry famyous strainger [named] Sebastian Cab-
ot, f an excellent pilote, sent thither by the King
of England, Henery the vij th , anno 149  || and
many others, who never could attayne to any hab-
ytation or take possesion there of one only fote
of grownd, nor yet approche nor enter into those
portes§ and faire rivers, into the which God
hathe brought us, wherfore, my lorde, it may be
well said that the living God hathe reserved this
greate lande for the Kinges poore subiectes,!?
* V., from.
f There is a blank after this name in the manuscript.
|| This figure is cut off. P., 1498. John Cabot discovered Cape
Breton in 1497 and his son Sebastian returned thither in 1498.
§ P., parties.
£ V., your poore seruauntes and subiectes. It is just possible that
the attitude of the Court to the huguenots had estranged the
latter’s feelings for the king of France.