Excerpt from A General History of the Pyrates, From Their First Rise and Settlement in the Island of Providence, to the Present Time: With the Remarkable Actions and Adventures of the Two Female Pyrates Mary Read and Anne Bonny; Contain'd in the Following Chapters, Introduction; Chap. I. Of Capt. Avery; II. Of Capt. Martel; III. Of Capt. Teach; IV. Of Capt. Bonnet; V. Of Capt. England
Now we have accounted for their Rife and Beginning, it will he natural~ to enquiie why they are not taken and de ?roy'd, hefo're they come to any Head, fining that they are jeldom lofs 'than twelve Men of War flationed in our Ame rican' Plantations, even in Time of Peace 5 a Force' fulfi cient to contend with a powerful Enemy. T his Enquiry, perhaps, will not turn much to the Honour of thofe concern'd in that Service 5 however, 'i hope I may he circus'd, if what I hint is with a Defign of'fervzng the Puhlick.
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