own Inability) I first resolved on this Undertaking, so agreeable
to my Inclination. But as Expences were necessary for carrying the
Design, I here most gratefully acknowledge the Assistance and Encouragement
I received from several Noble Persons and Gentlemen, whose Names
are here undermention'd.
His Grace the Duke of CHAND0IS.
The Right Honourable THOMAS Earl of OXFORD.
The Right Honourable THOMAS Earl of MACCLESFIELD.
The Right Honourable JOHN Lord PERCIVAL.
Sir GEORGE MARKHAM, Bar F.R.S.
Sir HENRY GOODRICK, Bar.
Sir HANS SLOANE, Bar President of the Royal Society, and of the College
The Honourable Colonel FRANCIS NICHOLSON, Governor of South Carolina.
RICHARD MEAD, M. D. and F.R.S.
CHARLES DUBOIS, Esq. F.R.S.
JOHN KNIGHT, Esq; F.R.S.
WILLIAM SHERARD, L.L.D. and F.R.S.
With this Intention, I set out again from England, in the
Year 1722, directly for Carolina; which Country, tho' inhabited
by English above an Age past, and a Country inferior to none
in Fertility, and abounding in Variety of the Blessings of Nature;
yet it's Productions being very little known except what barely
related to Commerce, such as Rice, Pitch and Tar; was thought the
most proper Place to search and describe the Productions of: Accordingly,
I arrived in Carolina 23d. of May 1722, after a pleasant
tho' not a short Passage. In our Voyage we were frequently entertain'd
with Diversions not uncommon in crossing the Atlantick Ocean,
as catching of Sharks, strikeing of Porpuses, Dolphins Bonetoes,
Albicores and other Fish; which three last we regaled on when Fortune
favoured us in catching them; and even the Flesh