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Wherein is declared:

  1. What profit may come by reading such books as concern plantations (Page 2, See also part 3, p. 90

  2. That plantations are actions very commendable and necessary

  3. That by them the church of Christ may notably be enlarged, partly by the addition of other countries to Christendom, and partly by the conversion of infinite heathen to the Christian faith
    (Page 4)

  4. That by plantations the dominions and majesty fo the Kings of England may much be augmented
    (Page 8)

  5. That the good of this land may notably be thereby procured, viz., in the

    1. Easier supportation of the regal estate (Page 9)
    2. Ridding out of the land the overgreat and superfluous multitude thereof (Page 9)
    3. Abating the excessive high prices of all things to live by (Page 9)
    4. Enriching the poorer sort hence removed (Page 10)
    5. Amending the trade and traffic of merchants (Page 11)
    6. Rooting out idleness out of this land (Page 11)
  6. That the practice of making plantations is a thing very lawful(Page 16)
  7. Certain objections commonly made against plantations are answered, as:

    1. Of the distance of the place (Page 18)
    2. The wildness and desolateness of the country (Page 19)
    3. The badness and barrenness of the soils (Page 21)
    4. The countries are full of wild beasts (Page 24)
    5. The people there rude and barbarous (Page 28)
    6. The adventures very dangerous (Page 29, 30, 31)
    7. That small profit, no wealth, is there to be had (Page 32,33,33)
    8. That it will be long time and much expense spent, before anything there to any purpose can be effected (Page 37)



    Wherein is showed:

    1. That the best course to be taken for plantations is by act of Parliament (Page 46)
    2. Two things being principally necessary to the working of plantations, viz., men and money, what inferior courses might be taken for the raising or procuring of both plentifully: that is, of money Then, of men:

      1. By proclamation (Page 56)
      2. &
      3. By good order for removing (Page 56)
      4. By provision supplied (Page 57)
      5. By vagrants (Page 59)
      6. By prisoners (Page 59)
      7. Maimed soldiers (Page 60)
      8. Cottagers (Page 60)
      9. Inmates (Page 60)
      10. Soldiers and servants (Page 62)
      11. Ministers of the Word (Page 64)
      12. Schoolmasters and other scholars (Page 66)
      13. By men of name and note to be governors (Page 68)
      14. And that in the state ecclesiastical as well as B temporal (Page 69)
      15. That his Majesty would entitle himself to that country in which any plantation shall be (Page 70)
      Certain objections answered, as:

      1. The greatness of the expenses (Page 72)
      2. The removing of so many at once (Page 72)
      3. The weakening and impoverishing of our land (Page 73)
      4. The waste of the revenues of the Crown (Page 78)


    1. Causes why plantations proceed no better in England, viz. (Page 90)
      1. The want of a general resolution thereto (Page 91)
      2. The want of some good course for it (Page 91)
      3. The great idleness of our people and lack of industry (Page 92)
      4. How many plantations there be now in hand (Page 93)
      5. Whether all of them can be finished (Page 94)
      6. Which of them seemeth to be best to be set forward (Page 95)
      7. How many ways to make a plantation (Page 96)
      8. That plantation and invasion are somewhat like in some things, and how (Page 100)
        There, what celerity is needful in making a plantation (Page 101)
      9. Whether better to plant in an island or a continent (Page 104)
      10. Certain motives gathered out of Captain Whitbourne's book why Newfoundland may be thougth fittest for a present plantation (Page 104)
      11. Certain personal objections usually made by such as are unwilling to go in a plantation answered, as:
        1. Of agedness (Page 109)
        2. Unusual for old men (Page 109)
        3. Hard traveling by sea (Page 112)
        4. Of them that have some good livings here (Page 112)
        5. That such men do not usually go (Page 114)
        6. That women, men's wives, are not willing (Page 116)
      12. To go into one or other plantation the author intendeth (Page 118)

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