Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607 September 22: There was a ship going from Plymouth to Virginia that has returned & is planning to go back with more farmers & merchants wishing to set up shop It’s a good site for privateers to attack… Read more Letters from Don Pedro de Zuniga, the Spanish Ambassador to England, to the King of Spain, 1607

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8) Chapter 5 Blefuscu was an island across an 800 yard channel from Lilliput They didn’t know about Gulliver. Communication & trade had been cut off since the beginning of the war He came up with a plan to capture their… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 5-8)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4)

“Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4) Advertisement Many things in this book have been fudged before publication & the editor’s done its best to clear them up This person who did this did so with the best of intentions, especially with respect to references of the… Read more “Gulliver’s Travels” by Jonathan Swift (1726) – Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput (Ch. 1-4)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

“On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830) Swift’s ability as a poet is often overlooked because of his ability to write prose If he had never written “Tale of a Tub” or “Gulliver’s Travels”, he’d still be known as a poet Dry humor, agreeable morality, exquisite tone of irony, touching pathos blended with satire “Description of… Read more “On Swift” by William Hazlitt (1778-1830)

Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584 Western discovery will allow the spread of English Protestantism The Spanish have been harassing our sailor & forcing them to renounce Protestantism in favor of Catholicism Exploration & colonization will give us access to all commodities of Europe, Africa & Asia to make us richer This will… Read more Richard Hakluyt – Discourse of Western Planting, 1584

“Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)

“Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626) Studies are for 3 different purposes Delight – in privateness &retiring Ornament – in discourse Ability – in the judgment & disposition of business Expert men can execute & judge particulars – but generally speaking, the best advice & plans come from learned men Spending too much time with… Read more “Of Studies” by Francis Bacon (1561–1626)