Fund John's Journey
By: Mary Warren Barricklow
Dear King Henry VII,
I ask your permission to fund my voyage to the new world. You let Christopher Columbus go and he didn't get anything from the trip. If you let me go, I will get you what Christopher promised which is trade routes, power, riches, spices, and, of course, wealth. In return for all of these, I just need you to pay for the boat, food, men, and supplies.
For one thing, I am ready to take on this journey. All I need is your help because I already have a plan in my mind on how to conquer this task. I think I can do this because I am very responsible. Also, I know that I will be exceptionally nice to whatever men that you give me.
I would bring you back the best gifts of all, which is and not limited to, power, riches, trade routes, spices, wealth, silk, and a way to get to the Indies. All of this would be for funding my trip to find and discover the new world. Of course, this wouldn't be just from me, it would be from my men and I.
During the voyage, we might hit some not so good times. For example, we might encounter poor navigation because of the amount of money that you give me to buy navigational tools. Also, we might have to adjust to the climate more than you think, so we need warm and cold clothes. That would be for both types of climates. In addition, we might not be the first ones to step foot there because of the French and the Spanish. We will try our best to get as much goods as you wanted and we will definitely claim the land for our kingdom.
Hopefully, we will set sail on May 2nd, 1497 to find a western route to the Indies. With your help, we can do this. Please help me help you and the kingdom. I hope you consider my request.