and, as men believed, breaking with their weight the
boughs of trees on which they alighted,—were all honored with frequent commemoration, and became the subjects of the strangest tales.
The concurrent relation of all the Indians justified the belief, that, within ten days journey towards the setting of the sun, there was a country where gold might be washed from the sand, and where the natives themselves had learned the use of the crucible;1
but definite and accurate as were the accounts, inquiry was always baffled; and the regions of gold remained for two centuries an undiscovered land.
Various were the employments by which the calmness of life was relieved.
, an idle man, who had been a great traveller, and who did not remain in America
, a poet, whose verse was tolerated by Dryden
and praised by Izaak Walton
, beguiled the ennui of his seclusion by translating the whole of Ovid
To the man of leisure, the chase furnished a perpetual resource.
It was not long before the horse was multiplied in Virginia
; and to improve that noble animal was early an object of pride, soon to be favored by legislation.
Speed was especially valued; and ‘the planter's pace’ became a proverb.
Equally proverbial was the hospitality of the Virginians.
Labor was valuable; land was cheap; competence promptly followed industry.
There was no need of a scramble; abundance gushed from the earth for all. The morasses were alive with water-fowl; the creeks abounded with oysters, heaped together in inexhaustible beds; the rivers were crowded with