It is a biographical book. Right Honorable, having by chance recovered of late into my hands (after I had once lost the same) a copie of the Discourse of our late West Indian Voyage, which was begen by Captain Bigges; who ended his life in the said voyage after our departure from Cartagena, the same being afterwards finished (as I think) by his Lieutenant Master Croftes, or some other, I know not well who. Now finding therein a most true report of the services and other matters which happened in the said voyage, the sight where of is wonderfully desired of many honest and well disposed persons. I haue presumed to recommend the publishing thereof, into your Lordships protection and favour, for these two causes. The one, for that your Lordships honourable disposition is in the knowledge of all men that know your self, most thirstingly affected to embrace in your own person, the brawest enterprises, if the time would once afford and such fit occasion, as might be agreeable to her Maiesties resolution: who wisely (and long may she do it) governeth all things to the greatest advantage of her self and people.