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In 1618 the King, at their request, permitted contributions to be made in England for building and planting a college at Henrico for the training — up of the children of the infidels, the Indians.
Henrico was a settlement on the James River, below Henrico was a settlement on the James River, below the site of Richmond, established by Gov. Sir Thomas Dale, and so named in honor of Henry, Prince of Wales.
The company appropriated 10,000 acres of land at Henrico as an endowment for the proposed college or university.
Edwin Sandys took special Henrico as an endowment for the proposed college or university.
Edwin Sandys took special interest in the undertaking, and wealthy and influential persons in England, as well as in the colony, made generous donations for it. In 1620 George Thorpe, a member of the council for Virginia, was sent to take charge of the college land, and prep establishing the institution when the dreadful massacre by the Indians (1622) occurred.
Mr. Thorpe and the minister at Henrico were victims, and a blight fell upon the enterprise.
In 1621 Rev. Patrick Copeland, returning from the East Indies in t