SIR FRANCIS DRAKE.
THE author of this series has made it his special object to confine himself very strictly, even in the most minute
details which he records, to historic truth. The narratives are not tales founded upon history, but history
itself, without any embellishment or any deviations from the strict truth, so far as it can now be discovered
by an attentive examination of the annals written at the time when the events themselves occurred. In writing
the narratives, the author has endeavored to avail himself of the best sources of information which this
country affords; and though, of course, there must be in these volumes, as in all historical accounts, more or
less of imperfection and error, there is no intentional embellishment. Nothing is stated, not even the most
minute and apparently imaginary details, without what was deemed good historical authority. The readers,
therefore, may rely upon the record as the truth, and nothing but the truth, so far as an honest purpose and a
careful examination have been effectual in ascertaining it.