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[QUOTE]Originally posted by NR: [QB] Thanks Glass, This scenario seems even more likely if one considers another manuscript of which Thevet had possession. Most of Thevet's descriptions of the native Timucauns of Florida came directly from a narrative written by Rene de Laudonniere, the leader of the French settlement at Fort Caroline, of which Thevet had the only copy. It is believed that Thevet suppressed publication of the manuscript and copied much of it word for word in his book, in order to pose as an expert on Florida. Thevet "loaned" the manuscript to Hakluyt in 1586, who then published it in Paris the same year with the help of French mathematician Martin Basanier and gave full credit to Laudonniere. Thevet of course was livid, and had the following to say: [i]"There is a little history of them, printed last year, which I had in confidence and good faith loaned to a certain Englishman named Richard Hakluyt, in manuscript. He, having communicated this to a young Parisian named M. Basanier, held it out on me for four months or thereabouts, at the end of which time they had it printed in Paris. I have here to seek condolence with my friends against these plagiarists and impostors, who unable to put anything over on me through their sinister enterprises that they had hatched up in their hearts, thought they could take away the credit and authority which my peregrinations had acquired via the reports I had made in my Cosmographie and my book of my Singularities. These two characters having committed such a villainy against me, the both of them brought me one of the books they had printed thinking to please me with my well-written copy, which book they dedicated to a great English milord named Walter Ralegh."[/i] It is clear from Thevet's rant, that he did not think kindly of Hakluyt after this incident, so the question I find myself asking is why would Thevet have sold the "Codex Mendoza" to Hakluyt in 1587, a year after he was slighted by Hakluyt? Was the "Codex Mendoza" purchased from Thevet or was it "loaned" to Hakluyt in good faith, then never returned? [/QB][/QUOTE]
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