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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Sandys, George 1577-1644 (search)
andys, George 1577-1644 Poet; born in Bishopthorpe, England, in 1577; brother of Edwin Sandys; educated at Oxford; appointed treasurer of Virginia; and was an earnest worker for the good of the colony, building the first water-mill there. He promoted the establishment of iron-works, and introduced ship-building. He had published a book of travels; also a translation of the first five books of Ovid's Metamorphoses, before he left England for Virginia. To these Drayton, in a rhyming letter, thus alludes: And, worthy George, by industry and use, Let's see what lines Virginia will produce. Go on with Ovid, as you have begun With the first five books; let y'r numbers Run Glib as the former; so shall it live long, And do much honor to the English tongue. In Virginia he translated the other ten books, and the whole translation was published in London in folio, with full-page engravings, in 1626. Sandys wrote several other poetical works. He died in Boxley Abbey, Kent, in 1644.