The English were preceded in the whale fishery by the Hollanders
, Zealanders, and Danes; from whom they derived many terms still extant in the fishery; and what is yet more, their fat old fashions, touching plenty to eat and drink.
Never had any man a voyage so troublesome as mine, or interrupted with such variety of unhappy accidents; I was shipwrecked on the coast of Natal, I was taken by the Hollanders
, and it is not easy to mention the danger which I was exposed to both by land and sea before I arrived at Portugal.
They had been the settlers of thirteen separate and distinct English colonies, along the margin of the shore of the North American Continent; contiguously situated, but chartered by adventurers of characters variously diversified, including sectarians, religious and political, of all the classes which for the two preceding centuries had agitated and divided the people of the British islands--and with them were intermingled the descendants of Hollanders, Swedes, Germans, and French fugitives from the persecution of the revoker of the Edict of Nantes.
Invited and urged by the open-hearted and truly benevolent people who had given them an asylum from the persecution of their own kindred to form their settlement within the territories then under their jurisdiction, the love of their country predominated over every influence save that of conscience alone, and they preferred the precarious chance of relaxation from the bigoted rigor of the English Government to the certain liberality and alluring offers of the Hollanders.
Aye, shame on the Hollanders
and Iroquois, who circumvented them by their deviltries, into such a treaty
I first beheld him on the quay, a complete stranger to me, obviously not a Hollander
, in a black bowler and a short drab overcoat, ridiculously out of tone with the winter aspect of the waste-lands, bordered by the brown fronts of houses with their roofs dripping with melting snow.
First of all," said the Count, "I am not a citizen, but an officer, which is a very different thing; and secondly, I am not a Hollander
, but a Frenchman, which is more different still.
So, we are told, the New Hollander
goes naked with impunity, while the European shivers in his clothes.
But in regard to the shrill voice, the peculiarity is - not that they disagreed - but that, while an Italian, an Englishman, a Spaniard, a Hollander
, and a Frenchman attempted to describe it, each one spoke of it as that of a foreigner.
While these formal matters are important and the very lucid organization of these volumes is a large part of their considerable merit, the greatest contribution the Hollanders
make to facilitating comprehension of Dante by English-speaking readers are Robert Hollander
's excellent and copious notes.
Moreover, the Hollanders
profess their debt not only to Singleton's but also to Sinclair's translation (New York: Oxford UP, 1939).