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.