The author in a paper read at the Association's 1889 Tavistock meeting, asserts that in the 17th century, Tavistock "did not lag behind its neighbours" as the birthplace of talented men, since besides Sir Francis Drake, John Pym and Lord William Russell, it could boast of at least four others; an eminent lawyer and politician, an able divine, its true poet and its fighting hero. In Alford's words "Let these worthies march past for our inspection". Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.