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face; and then raising himself upon his knees, and lifting up his hands to heaven, made his prayers in this manner :

Lord God of heaven and earth; thou hast vouchsafed of thy grace, to those of our order, to know thy works of creation, and the secrets of them; and to discern (as far as appertaineth to the generations of men) between divine miracles, works of nature, works of art, and impostures and illusions of all sorts. I do here acknowledge and testify before this people, that the thing we now see before our eyes, is thy finger, and a true miracle: And forasmuch as we learn in our books, that thou never workest miracles, but to a divine and excellent end, (for the laws of nature are thine own laws, and thou exceedest them not but upon great cause) we most humbly beseech thee to prosper this great sign, and to give us the interpretation and use of it in mercy; which thou dost in some part secretly promise, by sending it unto us.

When he had made his prayer, he presently found the boat he was in moveable and unbound; whereas all the rest remained still fast; and taking that for an assurance of leave to approach, he caused the boat to be softly, and with silence rowed towards the pillar. But ere he came near it, the pillar and cross of light brake up, and cast itself abroad, as it were into a firmament of many

stars; which also vanished soon after, and there was nothing left to be seen, but a small ark or chest of cedar, dry, and not wet at all with water, though it swam. And in the fore-end of it which was toward him, grew a small green branch of palm ; and when the wise man had taken it with all reverence into his boat, it opened of itself, and there were found in it a book and a letter; both written in fine parchment, and wrapped in sindons of linen. The book contained all the canonical books of the old and new Testament, according as you have them; (for we know well what the churches with you receive ;) and the Apocalypse itself; and some other books of the new Testament, which were not at that time written, were nevertheless in the book : And for the letter, it was in these words:

“ I Bartholomew, a servant of the Highest, and A postle of Jesus Christ, was warned by an angel that appeared to me in a vision of glory, that I should commit this ark to the floods of the sea. Therefore I do testify and declare, unto that people where God shall ordain this ark to come to land, that in the same day is come unto them salvation, and peace, and good-will, from the Father, and from the Lord Jesus.”

There was also in both these writings, as well the book, as the letter, wrought a great miraclé,


conform to that of the Apostles in the original gift of tongues. For there being at that time in this land, Hebrews, Persians, and Indians, besides the natives, every one read upon

the book and letter, as if they had been written in his own language. And thus was this land saved from infidelity, (as the remain of the old world was from water) by an ark, through the apostolical and miraculous evangelism of St. Bartholomew. And here he pau sed, and a messenger came, and called him forth from

So this was all that passed in that conference. The next day the same governor came again to us immediately after dinner, and excused himself, saying ; that the day before he was called from us somewhat abruptly, but now he would make us amends, and spend time with us, if we held his company and conference agreeable: we answered; that we held it so agreeable and pleasing to us, as we both forgot dangers past, and fears to come, for the time we heard him speak; and that we thought an hour spent with him, was worth years of our former life. He bowed himself a little to us, and after we were set again, he said ; well, the questions are on your part. One of our number said, after a little pause; that there was a matter we were no less desirous to know, than fearful to ask, lest we might presume too far. But en. couraged hy his rare humanity towards us, (iba

could scarce think ourselves strangers, being his vowed and professed servants) we would take the hardiness to propound it: humbly beseeching him, if he thought it not fit to be answered, that he would pardon it, though he rejected it. We said; we well observed those his words, which he formerly spake, that this happy island where we now stood, was known to few, and yet knew most of the nations of the world, which we found to be true, considering they had the languages of Europe, and knew much of our state and business; and yet we in Europe, (notwithstanding all the remote discoveries and navigations of this last age) never heard any of the least inkling or glimpse of this island. This we found wonderful strange; for that all nations have interknowledge one of another, either by voyage into foreign parts, or by strangers that come to them: and though the traveller into a foreign country, doth commonly know more by the

eye, than he that stayeth at home can by relation of the traveller; yet both ways suffice to make a mutual knowledge, in some degree, on both parts. But for this island, we never heard tell of any ship of theirs, that had been seen to arrive upon any shore of Europe ; no, nor of either the East or West Indies, nor yet of any ship of any other part of the world, that had made return from them. And yet the marvel rested not in

this. For the situation of it, (as his lordship said) in the secret conclave of such a vast sea 'might cause it. But then, that they should have knowledge of the languages, books, affairs, of those that lie such a distance from them, it was a thing we could not tell what to make of; for that it seemed to us a condition and propriety of divine powers and beings, to be hidden and unseen to others, and yet to have others open, and as in a light to them. At this speech the governor gave a gracious smile, and said; that we did well to ask pardon for this question we now asked ; for that it imported, as if we thought this land a land of magicians, that sent forth spirits of the air into all parts, to bring them news and intelligence of other countries. It was answered by us all, in all possi- ble humbleness, but yet with a countenance taking knowledge, that we knew that he spake it but merrily. That we were apt enough to think there was something supernatural in this island, but yet rather as angelical than magical. But to let his lordship know truly, what it was that made us tender and doubtful to ask this question, it was not any such conceit, but because we remembered, he had given a touch in his former speech, that this land had laws of secrecy touching strangers. To this he said ;. you remember it aright; and therefore in that I shall


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