History of the United States, from the Earliest Period

History of the United States, from the Earliest Period

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1861 edition. Excerpt: ...that he had a commission from Q.ueen Elizabeth, they submitted, and he sailed into the port. Having pitched his tent on shore in sight of all the shipping, and being attended by his own people, he summoned the merchants and masters of vessels to be present at the ceremony of his taking possession of the island. When assembled, his commission was read and interpreted to the foreigners. A turf and twig was then delivered to him; and proclamation was immediately made, that, by virtue of his commission from the queen, he took possession of the harbour of St. John, and two hundred leagues every way around it, for the crown of England. He then, as the authorized governor, proposed and delivered three laws, to be in force immediately; by the first, public worship was established according to the church of England; by the second, the attempting of any thing prejudicial to her majesty's title was declared treason; Hakluyt has preserved a very masterly performance from the pen of Sir Humphrey Gilbert, entitled, " A Discourse to prove a Passage by the North-west, to the East Indies," &c. Although the recent expeditions, under Captains Ross and Parry, have fully demonstrated that no passage, of an available nature at least, exists between America and the North Pole, it may be interesting to our readers to form some idea of the reasons by which Sir Humphrey convinced himself, and endeavoured to persuade others, of the certainty of a north-west passage; we, therefore, extract the contents of this discourse: --"Capitctlo I. To prove by authoritie a passage to be on the i by the third, if any person should utter words to the I dishonour of her majesty, he should lose his ears, and have his ship and goods confiscated. When the proclamation was...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623479
  • 9781236623478