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1856 Excerpt: ... It had, however, always been in an unsettled
state. James, with the assistance of the great lord Bacon, devised
a scheme for colonizing part of the country with English people.
The lands of some Irish nobles having been confiscated, were
granted to colonists in certain proportions, on condition that they
cultivated the land, and put it in a proper state of defence. Much
good arose from this measure, and the north of Ireland, where it
was carried into effect, is to this day the most civilized, and the
happiest part of that country. I must now relate some further
particulars respecting sir Walter Raleigh. You will remember that
he was confined to the tower, on account of the part he had taken
in a conspiracy. During the thirteen years of his captivity he had
devoted a great part of his time to literature, and had written
several learned works. In 1616, he declared that he knew of the
existence of a large gold mine in America; which he promised to
find, and to work, if he were set at liberty, and allowed to fit
out an expedition. The king, hoping to get a large share of the
profits, granted his request. He was set at liberty, but was not
pardoned, so that his old sentence was still hanging over him. In
1.617, he set sail with fourteen vessels, crossed the Atlantic, and
sailed up the Orinoco. But his gold mine seems to have been a
delusion. In passing the town of St. Thomas, some of his men came
into collision with the Spaniards, and an action was fought, in
which Raleigh's son, and the Spanish governor were killed. Raleigh
was compelled to return home. He found the king much exasperated,
not only on account of the failure of the expedition, but because
of the offence given to the Spanish government, with which he was
very anxious to be on friendly terms. Rale...
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