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Letter from William Gordon to John Chamberlain
Gordon, William
April 01, 1708
Volume 01, Pages 677-678

[From N. C. Letter Book. S. P. G.]
MR. GORDON TO THE SECRETARY.

Linhaven Bay, 1st April 1708

Sir:

We are just come to anchor in Linhaven Bay, after almost three months passage and much bad weather. I find we shall get easier to North Carolina from hence than we expected, whither we design to set forward, God willing, tomorrow morning. We are just weighing again for York River, from whence it seems sloops frequently go to Carolina though the accounts I have had about the distance differ very much, some calling it seven, some fifteen, others thirty leagues, and all the Maps I have seen are equally imperfect: we have no favorable character of the Country, and it will be hard if after so much rough weather we have met with at Sea, we should have to do with rugged tempers ashore, but whatever inconveniences we find, as we shall always make the best of them, so we shall always take all care to answer to everything the good expectations (I hope) the Honorable Society has of our endeavours. I have no time

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to write so fully as I would the opportunity by this ship being as sudden as accidental. Therefore I hope you'll please to excuse this abruption.

Your very humble Servant
Wm GORDON