Spice Islands trader, On the injustice of life away from home 

At home men are famous for doing nothing, here they are infamous for their honest endeavor. At home is respect and reward; abroad disrespect and heartbreaking. At home is augmentation of wages; abroad, no more than a third of wages. At home is content; abroad nothing so much as griefs, cares and displeasure. At home is safety; abroad no security. At home is security; abroad the best is bondage. And, in a word, at home all things are as a man may wish, and here nothing is answerable to merit.

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