Early Explorers & Myths
This is a Royal examination of David Ingram concerning his travels in the regions of Norumbega.
[AUGUST--SEPTEMBER 1582]. EXAMINATION OF DAVID INGRAM1
[f. 197] Certeyne questions to be demaunded of Davy Ingram, sayler, dwellings at Barkinge in the countye of Essex / what he observed in his travell one of the Northe side of the ryver of May where he remayned three monethes or there aboutes
1 Imprimis howe longe the sayed Ingram travyled one ye North side of the Ryver of May,
[In right hand margin] he hath confessed y' he travelled there three monethes
2 Item whether that country be frutfull, and what kinde of frutes there be
[In right hand margin] he hath confessed y' it is excedinge frutefull and that there is a tre as he called it a planten tree, which of the leaves thereof beinge pressed will come a very excellent lycor as pleasant to drincke and as good, as any kinde of winne. /3 Item what kinde of beastes and cattell he sawe there. /
He hath confessed, y' he sawe a beast in all pointes like unto a horse, savinge he had two longe tuskes, of which beast he was put in great dawnger of his lyfe, but he escaped by clyminge a tree Also that there be wyld horses of goodly shape, but the people of the country have not the use of them Further that there, be shepe, which beareth redde woole, sume thinge course. / there flesh good to eat, but is very redde. /4 Item what kind of people there be, and how they be aparrelled
He hath confessed y' farre into the land there be many pleople [sic], and that he sawe a towne halfe a myle longe, and hath many streates farre broader then any streat in London. /
[f. 197v] 5 Item what kind of buyldinges, and howses they have.
He hath confessed y' they buyld there howses round lyke a dowhouse and hath in like manner a lover on the toppes of there howses / and that there be many pillors that upholdeth many thinges, of gold and silver very massye and great, and lykewise many pyllors of Cristall /
6 Item whether there is any quantitye of gold, silver and pearle, and of other jewelles in that country. /
He hath confessed that there is great aboundaunce of gold sylver and pearle, and that he hath seanne at the heades of dyvers springes and in smale rounninge broukes dyvers peaces of gold some as bigge as his fynger, others as bigge as his fyst and peaces of dyvers bignes. /
7 Item whether he sawe a beaste farre exceydinge an ox in bignes. /
Endorsed: Questions to be demanded of David Ingram concerning his knowledge of a discovery1.1 State Papers Domestic, Elizabeth, SP 12/175.95.
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