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The PREFACE.

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 of Physicians.
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

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