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most; able navigators in Europe, Your Majesty has, not with a view to the acquisition of treasure, or the extent of dominion, but the improvement of commerce and the increase and diffusion of knowledge, undertaken what had so long been neglected; and under Your Majesty's auspices, in little more than seven years, discoveries have been made far greater than those of all the navigators in the world collectively, from the expedition of Columbus to the present time.

To have been appointed to record them, and permitted to inscribe the Narrative to Your Majesty, is an honour, the sense of which will always be retained with the warmest gratitude, by

YOtJR MAJESTY'S
Most faithful,
and most obliged

Subject and Servant,

Bromley, Kent, I ft May, 1773.

JOHN HAWKESWORTH." O F ,T HE .
C H A P. VII.

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