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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: John Smith (c. 1580–1631)
QUOTATION: Heaven & earth never agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation; were it fully manured and inhabited by industrious people. Here are mountaines, hil[l]s, plaines, valleyes, rivers, and brookes, all running most pleasantly into a faire Bay, compassed but for the mouth, with fruitfull and delightsome land.
ATTRIBUTION: Captain JOHN SMITH, description of countryside around Chesapeake Bay, 1606, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & The Summer Isles, vol. 2, pp. 44–45 (1907).
SUBJECTS: Chesapeake Bay