It had been despatched by Raleigh
; but finding ‘the
paradise of the world’ deserted, it could only return to England
Another fortnight had hardly elapsed, when Sir Richard Grenville
appeared off the coast with three well-furnished ships, and renewed the vain search for the departed colony.
Unwilling that the English
should lose possession of the country, he left fifteen men on the Island of Roanoke
, to be the guardians of English rights.1
was not dismayed by ill success, nor borne
down by losses.
The enthusiasm of the people of England
was diminished by the reports of the unsuccessful company of Lane
; but the decisive testimony of Harlot to the excellence of the country still rendered it easy to collect a new colony for America
The wisdom of Raleigh
was particularly displayed in the policy which he now adopted.
He determined to plant an agricultural state; to send emigrants with wives and families, who should at once make their homes in the New World; and, that life and property
might be secured, he granted a charter of incorporation for the settlement, and established a municipal government for ‘the city of Raleigh
was appointed its governor; and to him, with eleven assistants, the administration of the colony was intrusted.
A fleet of transport ships was prepared at the expense of the proprietary; ‘Queen Elizabeth, the godmother of Virginia
,’ declined contributing ‘to its education.’
The company, as it embarked, was cheered by the
presence of women; and an ample provision of the implements of husbandry gave a pledge for successful industry.
In July, they arrived on the coast of North