of New Plymouth were invited to abandon the cold
and sterile clime of New England
, and plant themselves in the milder regions on the Delaware Bay
a plain indication that Puritans were not then molested in Virginia
It was probably in the autumn of 1629 that Harvey
arrived in Virginia
Till October, the name of Pott
appears as governor; Harvey
met his first assembly
of burgesses in the following March.3
He had for several years been a member of the council; and as, at a former day, he had been a willing instrument in the hands of the faction to which Virginia
ascribed its earliest griefs, and continued to bear a deep-rooted hostility, his appointment could not but be unpopular.
The colony had esteemed it a special favor from King James
, that, upon the substitution of the royal authority for the corporate supremacy, the government had been intrusted to impartial agents; and, after the death of Yeardley
, two successive chief magistrates had been elected in Virginia
The appointment of Harvey
implied a change of power among political parties; it gave authority to a man whose connections in England
were precisely those which the colony regarded with the utmost aversion.
As his first appearance in America
, in 1624, had been with no friendly designs, so now he was the support of those who desired large grants of land and unreasonable concessions of separate jurisdictions; and he preferred the interests of himself, his partisans and patrons, to the welfare and quiet of the colony.
The extravagant language, which exhibited him as a tyrant, without specifying his crimes, was the natural hyperbole of political