Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
John Smith (c. 15801631)
Heaven & earth never agreed better to frame a place for mans 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.
Captain JOHN SMITH, description of countryside around Chesapeake Bay, 1606, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & The Summer Isles, vol. 2, pp. 4445 (1907).