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I.β€”Captain John Smith in Virginia.

Captain Bartholomew Gosnoll,1 one of the first movers of this plantation, having many years solicited many of his friends, but found small assistance, at last prevailed with some gentlemen, as Captain John Smith, Mr. Edward Maria Wingfield, Mr. Robert Hunt, and divers others, who depended2 a year upon his projects; but nothing could be effected, till, by their great charge and industry, it came to be apprehended by certain of the nobility, gentry, and merchants, so that his Majesty by his letters-patents gave commission for establishing councils to direct here, and to govern and to execute there. To effect this was spent another year; and by that, three ships were provided,β€”one of a hundred tons, another of forty, and a pinnace3 of twenty. The transportation of the company was committed to Captain Christopher Newport, a mariner well practiced for the western parts

1 More often written β€˜Gosnold.’

2 Waited.

3 A small sailing-vessel.

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