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This is, as you see, greatly to the honor of God, but it will be much more if, when and where our people do plant themselves in such countries where already are an infinite number of other people, all savages, heathens, infidels, idolaters, etc., this in the plantation may principally and speedily be labored and intended: that by learning their languages and teaching them ours, by training up of their children, and by continual and familiar converse and commerce with them, they may be drawn and induced, persuaded and brought to relinquish and renounce their own heathenisms, idolatries, blasphemies, and devil worships.. . .
Secondly, they with whom we have to do are not so rude as some imagine, I believe. Most, if not all of them, specially they of Guiana, do show themselves, their breeding considered, exceeding tractable; very loving and kind to our nation above any other; industrious and ingenious to learn of us and practice with us most arts and sciences; and, which is most to be admired and cherished, very ready to leave their old and blind idolatries and to learn of us the right service and worship of the true God. And what more can be expected from them in so small time and means? Or what surer probability or hope would we have that we shall or may easily and within short time win them to our own will and frame them as we list? Verily, I suppose, if all things be considered well and rightly compared, we have nearer home worse neighbors a great deal. . . .
Fourthly, and for mine own part, I do not like [invasion as a means of starting a plantation]. I nor am nor can be persuaded that it may be lawful for one nation to fight against and destroy another in that sort, and upon no better title than the desire of their lands and goods to bereave each other of their rights and lives.