/A1/To the Right Reverend Fathers in God and Honorable Lords, Arthur, Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells, and Robert, Lord Bishop of Bristol, Richard Eburne wisheth all health and happiness external, internal, and eternal
ONSIDERING, Right Honorable, and not without grief of mind and sorrow of heart viewing, the great misery and encumbrance of this our goodly country, the country of England--which heretofore admirably flourished in plenty and prosperity--by reason of the excessive multitude of people which therein at this present do swarm and superabound, the many fair opportunities which God in His gracious providence often hath and at this instant doth offer unto it for a present, a speedy, and an infallible /A2/remedy thereof, and yet the notorious neglect and wayward unwillingness of the people of this land, our English nation, to regard and accept such offers and to seek and take their own good: I thought I might do a work worth the labor and in all likelihood grateful and useful to my country and countrymen to write something, and the rather for that none that I know hath yet travailed this way, that might stir and encourage them, specially the common and meaner sort of them, as whom chiefly and most of all it doth concern, to make better use of these fair, worthy, and necessary opportunities.
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Whereupon I have in a plain and familiar manner, as one that intended to submit himself to the capacity and understanding even of the meanest for whom specially this my labor I intended, first, declared and justified these kind of attempts--plantations--to tend notably to the glory of Almighty God, the enlargement of the King's Majesty's dominions, and the manifold and inestimable benefit of this whole land, the realm of England, and to be in their own nature lawful and just, ancient and usual; secondly, I have showed some particular means or inferior courses how and whereby both men and /A3/money, the two principal things that must plentifully be had for plantations, may easily and speedily be raised and procured in and out of our land for this purpose; and, thirdly, I have given and set down some particular instructions and observations touching these actions, not unworthy, haply, the notion and consideration of many such as yet are little acquainted with them, and added some special motives for a present plantation in Newfoundland before and above any other place of plantation yet attempted. Withal, in every of these passages I have answered all such either real--or rather regional--or personal objections as commonly are made against the enterprises themselves why they should not be regarded, or by persons that should employ themselves in the enterprises why they should not adventure therein.
These plain, but I hope plausible and profitable, labors of mine I am bold, and humbly desire your Lordships both that I may be bold, to present to the open view and consideration of this land under the patronage and protection of your honorable names, the one of you being my much and worthily honored diocesan, the other my worthy and favorable patron, both special /A4/fautors of all good learning and furtherers of all goodly endeavors, and therefore such as I hope and presume will vouchsafe these labors of mine and these worthy, pious, and religious--if they be worthily, piously, and religiously handled--these notable attempts, and for our land at this present most necessary and expedient, your best furtherance and countenance, not doubting but that thereby both my endeavors shall the better be respected and received and the actions themselves the more advanced and followed; I shall be shielded from the malicious envy of the carping caviler, that takes more delight and can be content to bestow more labor and time in depraving what others have done than in setting forth and publishing, I say not any better but any like and as good of his own; and they (the actions) shall be shrouded from the canine unkindness of those lazy lurdans that will neither take the good of them themselves nor suffer by their good will any other to do it.
One reason more particular hath moved me to tender to your Lordships these my labors, and that is for that the one of you is resident in that city as in his proper and episcopal see, the other in the next neighboring both city and country, /A5/which either by itself in general or by a certain number of the worshipful citizens thereof in particular hath already begun and at this present continueth a plantation in Newfoundland, which I therefore hope will be an occasion that may move your good Lordships both this way to do to the places of your own abode--which, truly, by reason of the number of people wherewith they are cloyed and overlaid, do as greatly need these helps as any cities or counties in England--much good and benefit. Which thing, I am persuaded, you may easily and greatly effect if you will be pleased but to show yourselves, in countenancing and assisting me and others that do and will employ ourselves in them, to approve and favor, to allow and like of these kind of labors and endeavors, and, namely, that wherein your own people and so near neighbors are already so far interessed and proceeded.
The Lord Jesu, the high bishop of our souls, vouchsafe unto your Lordships, whom He hath called to principal pastors in this His Church of England, such plentiful store of His heavenly gifts, and so guide you by His holy spirit, /A6/that you may sincerely set forth His Gospel and seek His glory in this world, and in the world to come be crowned by Him with celestial and eternal glory.
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