Original Papers regarding Trade in England and Abroad

Original Papers regarding Trade in England and Abroad

Original Papers regarding Trade in England and Abroad

Original Papers regarding Trade in England and Abroad

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In 1614, Tobias Gentleman, fisherman and mariner, published England's Way to Win Wealth and to employ ships and mariners or A Plain Description what great profite it will bring unto the Commonwealth of England by the erecting, building and adventuring of busses to sea a-fishing. With a true relation of the inestimable wealth that is yearely taken out of His Majesties Seas by the Hollanders by their numbers of Busses, Pinkes and Lineboats . . . and also a discourse of the Sea Coast towns of England.

The pamphlet was the result of a conference between the author and John Keymer. Gentleman says: "It was my fortune, some two years past to be sent for into the company of one Master Keymer who is a man very well deserving of his country; and he knowing me to have experience in Fisher-affairs, demanded of me the Charge both of Busses and Line-boats after the Hollanders fashion; and showed me some few notes that he had gathered and gotten from other men of my Trade which he seemed greatly to esteem; for that himself was altogether unexperienced in such Business. And further I delivered to him certain principal Notes . . . he said that he did mind to show them unto the Right Honourable Council."1

Gentleman denies that he has any literary ability and says that he was "more skilled in nets, lines and Hooks than in Rhetorick, Logic or Learned Books" but finding that nothing came of his scheme he decided to publish his collection himself and was encouraged to do so by a subscriber because of a complaint "which the Nation still has occasion to continue from the Dutch usurpation on our Fishery."2

He begins his work by describing the economic success of the Dutch who had "grown exceeding rich and strong in fortified Towns and beautiful Buildings in Plenty of money and Gold, in Trade and Traffick with all other Nations and have so increased and multiplied their Shipping and Mariners that all other Nations and Countries in the World do admire them. Moreover, whereas one Haven in one of their Towns did, in former times, contain their ships and Shipping with infinite cost, now they have cut out two Havens more to a Town . . .

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