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He does not tell us whether he invested any money in the voyage, or merely sailed as one of the ere , nor does he even say in what capacity he s 'PI*
One of his biographers rates him as surgeon, anot as supercargo2; and though I am aware of no exP authority for either assertion, I am inclined to t m that a probable conclusion may be arrived at y negative line of reasoning. Besides the captain, and the lieutenant, Pepin, and one who suecee the latter, he makes mention of the mate, t e seco mate, the pilot (an Englishman), and the Aec0 pilot. That he was not an officer connected wi the navigation, would also seem probable rom fact that he had not been to sea before, an ne seems quite at home with nautical terms. or he shipas clerk, for the man who held this o ce his bosom friend. On only one occasion oe mention the performance ot any duty or tas himself personally, and this was merely to ca y message, on the evening preceding the wrec r0 the captain on his sick-bed to the officers on dec . It is not of itself sufficient to lead to the conc u that he was one of the surgeons ; and his allusio ^ surgery and medicine throughout the book o exceed the knowledge of a layman of the time.
Pyrard himself. M. Denis then re-read our traveller, and Beemg^
mistake, suggested, what is no doubt tbe fact, that t e p ^ whom the Abbe claimed relationship was not Francois y _ * , Claude Pyraux, another traveller, who died at Bussora
1 Sorberiana, p. 195. u pvrar^n.
2 M. Alfred de Lacaze, in Nouv. Biog, Univ., ar .2 M. Alfred de Lacaze, in Nouv. Biog, Univ., ar .