« PreviousContinue »
and king Charles the First. Being bred from his youth at sea, and being a man of excellent natural parts, there is not the least shadow of reason to make a doubt of his capacity in maritime affairs. His integrity will sufficiently appear to any that reads him, for he every where carries such a visible ingenuity in what he delivers, that it plainly appears to be written with a true zeal for the public, and without prejudice or affectation. The excellent advice he gives to his eldest son, is a good instance of his virtuous inclination; and the small estate he declares he leaves *him, after so many toils and dangers, plainly shows the honesty of his life. Thus much as to the author: as to his tracts, there is a preface before them, to which the reader is referred for other particulars not touched upon in this place.
The first book is chiefly a collection of every year's actions in the war against Spain, on our own and the Spanish coasts, and in the West Indies. Here the reader is not to expect a full narrative of these affairs, for many of them are so brief, that no more is said of them, but the force they are undertaken with, and the success of the enterprise; yet the design is to show the reasons, either why they miscarried, or why so little advantage was made where they succeeded. In some he is more particular than in others; and what perhaps may be still of use, he at last sets down the abuses in the fleet, and the methods for redressing them.
His second book continues somewhat of the method of the first, beginning with fatherly instructions to his son ; whence he proceeds to the peace with Spain, which put an end to the warlike naval actions, yet not to his command, being employed against pirates. He inveighs against the Dutch, shows the ill management of a design against Algier, and makes very notable remarks on the attempt upon Cadiz by king Charles the First, proposing methods how Spain might have been much more endamaged, with other particulars about the shipping of England, and sovereignty of the seas.
The third book treats only of the admiralty, that is, of all things relating to the royal navy, from the lord high admiral to the meanest persons employed ashore, and to the cabin-boys at sea ; and from a complete fleet to the smallest vessel and part of it, with instructions for all officers, the size of all sorts of guns, all sorts of allowances on board the king's ships, and excellent directions for fighting at sea; an account of all the harbours in these three kingdoms, with many more curious matters accurately handled.
The fourth book is of another nature from any of the rest, being a brief collection of Spanish and Portuguese discoveries and conquests in Afric, Asia, and America, with some voyages round the world, and somewhat of English and French plantations.
The fifth book is full of projects or schemes, for managing affairs at sea to the best advantage for the nation.
This sixth and last treats of fishing, to show the infinite addition of wealth and strength it would bring to England; with all instructions necessary for putting such a design in execution.
III. This third volume ends with the description of the coasts of Malabar and Coromandel, and the island of Ceylon in the East Indies, about the year 1649, by Philip Baldæus, a Dutch minister, who lived several years in those parts. The preface to the work gives a general idea of it, and of the author, to which the reader may recur to avoid repetition; but for his further information let it be observed, that he first gives a brief account of the actions and conquests of the Portuguese in those parts, and then an ample and full relation how the Dutch expelled them; where we shall find more particulars concerning those affairs than have been hitherto made public in English, which is a very considerable piece of history. And though he only promises to treat of the coasts of Malabar and Coromandel on the continent, yet to lead the more methodically into it, he begins with the description of Cambaya, the treaties of the Dutch with the great mogul, the trade of several European nations along that coast; and leads us even into the Red-Sea, describing many places of note upon those shores, and even up the inland country, acquainting the reader, at the same time, with all that is requisite to be known of the Maho metans in those parts. Hence he descends to treat of all the great peninsula on this side Ganges, of its product, the rivers Nile and Ganges, and more particularly than any other has done of the Malabar language. After this he proceeds to Ceylon, where he enlarges more than upon the rest, as having lived longest there, rnd concludes with a large account of the idolatry of the East India pagans.
I. The first voyage in the fourth volume is that of Dr. Francis Gemelli Careri round the world, a piece of extraordinary curiosity, altogether new, and but lately published in Italian in six octavo volumes, and now first in English, the author returning home from his long travels but at the end of the year 1698. His learning, as being a doctor of the civil law, and his excellent natural qualifications, have rendered his work so complete, that indeed it seems to be one of the most excellent pieces of this nature now extant. Nothing can be more diverting, as having that extraordinary variety which the whole compass of the earth affords, and that in the noblest and best parts of it. An air of truth appears throughout it, there being nothing but what is told with much modesty, and what is probable and natural enough in itself; besides that the most part of what is here related may be found dispersed in many other travellers, who saw but pieces of what Gemelli took a view of entire. His remarks aud ob
servations are extraordinary curious, because he was not only capable to make them, but had leisure, that being his only business, and money to carry him through. In fine, he has an excellent brief collection of history annexed to every part of his travels, which informs the reader of the ancient as well as the present state of the countries there spoken of. He is exact for the most part in setting down the distances of places, a great help to future travellers. His account of plants and fruits peculiar to the East and West Indies, with the draughts and representations of them, is a good help to natural history, together with his other descriptions, and his observations of customs, manners, habits, laws, religions, and all other things in those vast regions he passed through. In particular, what he says in that part of his voyage which is from Aquapulco till his leaving the continent of America, is, besides what is in Gage, almost the only account we have of the inland parts of that continent. There is a preface to the work which gives a full account of it.
II. An account of the shipwreck of a Dutch vessel on the coast of the isle of Quelpaert, which happened in the year 1653, together with the description of the kingdom of Corea. This was originally writ in Dutch by one that calls himself the secretary of the ship then lost, who lived thirteen years in those countries, and at last made his escape with some others. It was thought worthy to be translated into French, and now lastly into English. It is the only account yet extant of the kingdom of Corea, which lies on the east of China, being a peninsula joined to that mighty empire by a small neck of land : and it is no wonder we should be so very much strangers to this country, since, besides its remoteness, the author tells us they admit of no strangers; or if any have the misfortune, as he had, to fall into their hands, they never return home, unless they can make as wonderful an escape as he did. The relation itself has a particular preface annexed to it by the translator, to which the reader is referred.
III. Next follows a relation of a voyage from Spain to Paraguay, about 1691, by F. Antony Sepp, and F. Antony Behme, German Jesuits; with a description of that country, the remarkable things in it, and residences of the missioners. We have a particular account of their voyage; they landed at Buenos Ayres, of which town they give a very good description, and of the great river of Plate which runs by it; and proceeding up into the country from Buenos Ayres, they treat distinctly of the several cantons of Paraguay
IV. After this is placed a fragment translated out of Spanish, concerning the islands of Salomon in the South Sea, discovered by the Spaniards about 1695, but hitherto never conquered or inhabited by any European nation. It was inserted in Thevenot's collection of voyages. Both the beginning and conclusion are wanting ; which, it seems, have perished through the negligence
of those intrusted with the original papers. However, by good fortune, as much has been preserved as serves to give us some knowledge of those islands, and of the nature and disposition of their inhabitants. And because so little is known of those places, this fragment was judged not unworthy a place in this collection.
V. The history of the provinces of Paraguay, Tucumany, Rio de la Plata, Parana, Guaira, Urvaica, and Chili; was written in Latin by F. Nicholas del Techo, a Jesuit. The antecedent account of Paraguay by F. Sepp has lightly touched upon part of this subject, but that only relates to one of the provinces here named; whereas this extends from the North to the South Sea, and includes all that vast tract of land in America, lying south of Peru and Brasil. The greatest part of these countries have not been so fully described, nor the manners and customs of those savage Indians so fully made known, as they are by this author, who spent no less than twenty-five years among them. But to avoid repetitions, what more is performed in this work may be seen in the particular preface before it.
VI. Pelham's wonderful preservation of eight men left a whole winter in Greenland 1630, is the sixth treatise in this volume, The preservation was indeed very remarkable, especially considering how unprovided they were left of all necessaries for wintering in such a dismal country, it being accidental and no way designed. This narrative has nothing of art or language, being left by an ignorant sailor, who, as he confesses, was in no better post ihan gunner's mate, and that to a Greenland fisher; and therefore the reader can expect no more than bare matter of fact, delivered in a homely style, which it was not fit to alter, lest it might breed a jealousy that something had been changed more than the bare language.
VII. Dr. John Baptist Morin's journey to the mines in Hungary, about 1650, is a very short relation of those mines, the ore they afford, the damps, the springs in them, the miners, the manner of discharging the water, and other particulars relating to them.
VIII. Ten-Rhyne's account of the Cape of Good Hope, about 1673, and of the Hottentots, the natives of that country, is very curious. After a short description of the Cape and Table Mountain, he describes the birds, beasts, fishes, insects, and plants found in that part of the world; and then succinctly treats of the people, their persons, garments, dwellings, furniture, disposition, manners, way of living, and making war, traffic, sports, religion, magistrates, laws, marriages, children, trades, physic, and language.
IX. The fourth volume concludes with captain Richard Bolland's draught of the Straits of Gibraltar, in 1675, and his observations on its currents.
A. AFRICA, discoveries along the coast of,
387, 414 -commodities of, 414 Albigenses, had no bishops, 233 Amadas (Philip) and Arthur Bar. low's voyage,
467 America, discovery of, 421, 479 - continent of, discovered,
429 advantages of the discovery of,
480, &c. - commodities of, 480,&c. Argo, account of the ship, 361 Army, attempts to establish an army, to enslave the nation,
200—246 - the nation always averse to
242 Articles of the church of England,
228 Ashley(Anthony) See Shaftesbury. Audley (James Touchet, lord) bis character,
241 Aylesbury, (Robert Bruce, earl of) his character,
234 Azores islands discovered, 388
Bedford, (William Russel, earl of) his character,
240 Being in general, what it is, 259 Berkeley, (George, lord) his char acter,
241 Bertie, (Peregrine)
204 Bishops (of the church of England)
several of them made of such as were never ordained by bishops, 229.-Whether they claim a power of excommunicating their prince, 233. Have the advantage of a quick dispersing of their orders,
208 - offended at king Charles
the Second's declaration of indulgence, 208, 209.—Their zeal against popery, ibid.-Some of them think it necessary to unite with the dissenting protestants, 209.-Look on the dissenting protestants as the only dangerous enemy, 210.-Join with the court party, ibid.-Lay aside their zeal against popery, 211. -Reject a bill, enacting that princes of the blood royal should marry none but protestants, 212.—How near they came to an infallibility in the house of lords, ibid. - Called the dead
weight of the house, ibid. Bold, (Samuel) writes in defence
of Mr. Locke's Essay concerning Human Understanding, and Reasonableness of Christianity, 264.
-His discourse on the resurrection of the same body, 276
Baffin's (William) voyages, 476 Balboa Bascoa Nunez de) first
sees the South Sea, 437 Barlow (Arthur) and Philip Amadas's voyage,
467 Barrow, his sermons commended,