To the Queen.
As these Volumes contain an Essay towards the Natural History of
that Part of Your MAJESTY'S Dominions, which is particularly honoured
by bearing your August Name CAROLINA, this and Your great
Goodness in encouraging all Sorts of Learning, have embolden'd me
to implore Your Royal Protection and Favour to my slender Performance.
I hope your MAJESTY will not think a few MINUTES disagreeably spent,
in casting an EYE on these Leaves; which exhibit no contemptible
Scene of Glorions Works of the Creator, displayed in the New World;
and hitherto lain concealed from the View of YOUR MAJESTY as well
as of YOUR Royal Predecessors, tho' so long possessed of a Country,
inferior to none of YOUR MAJESTY'S American Dominions.
Wherefore I esteem it a singular Happiness, after several Years
Travel and Enquiry in so remote Parts (by the generous Encouragement
of several of Your MAJESTY'S Subjects, eminent for their Rank and
for their being Patrons of Learning) that I am the first that has
had an opportunity of presenting to a QUEEN of GREAT BRITIAN a Sample
of the hitherto unregarded, tho' beneficial and beautiful Productions
of YOUR MAJESTY'S
May it please YOUR MAJESTY,
And most dutiful Subject