With reference to the exploration of Hudson Bay, in the hope that it might lead to the Passage, there is no mention of Thomas Button (1612-13); Luke Foxe
(1631); Thomas James (1631-32); Christopher Middleton and William Moor (1741 -42), who discovered Wager Bay and Repulse Bay; Francis Smith and William Moor (1746-47), who discovered Chesterfield Inlet; and George Lyon (1824).
Apart from the passing mention in each of Purchas' books that Button had named his newly discovered lands New Wales, our knowledge of Button's voyage rests solely on the short account given, another decade on, by Luke Foxe in his book North-West Fox[e] (1635), which summarises all previous Northwest Passage expeditions before describing Foxe's own (3).
Luke Foxe left Deptford on 5 May 1631 in the Charles, with a crew of 20 men and two boys, and the usual 18 months' provisions, only two days after James had departed Bristol.
Simultaneously with James, Yorkshireman Luke Foxe was also exploring Hudson Bay, finding a cross erected by Button, which he re-erected with a fresh inscription restoring Button's name of New Wales.
The voyages of Captain Luke Foxe of Hull, and Captain Thomas James of Bristol, in search of a North-west passage, in 1631-32 : with narratives of the earlier north-west voyages of Frobisher, Davis, Weymouth, Hall, Knight, Hudson, Button, Gibbons, Bylot, Baffin, Hawkridge and others.
Chapter 3 recounts the seventeenth-century voyages of Henry Hudson, Thomas Button, John Ingram, Robert Bylot and William Baffin, Jens Munk, Luke Foxe
, and Thomas James, and the mid-eighteenth century voyages of Christopher Middleton and William Moor.