Reading this discourse proves a tad challenging as the copy I located online is the original 1620 text with variant spellings and grammar. Click here to read the discourse in its entirety.
Mason wrote with the purpose of expanding colonization in Newfoundland:
"And lastlie to induce thee, gentle Reader. to the true consideration thereof as a thing of great consequence to our Nation not only at present, but like to bee much more beneficiall when the plantation there shall increase which God grant to his owne glorie and the good of our Common-Wealth."
Resources for survival and monetary gain are most valuable when nations debated colonization (compare to recent discussions regarding Mars exploration). Mason extolled Newfoundland virtues thus:
"But of all, the most admirable is the Sea, so diuersified with seuerall forms of Fishes abounding therein, the consideration whereof is readie to vp and drowne my senses not being able to comprehend or expresse the riches thereof."