from the place of its birth.
The colony, now com-
posed of eighty-nine men, seventeen women, and two children, whose names are all preserved, might reasonably hope for the speedy return of the governor, who, as he sailed for England
, left with them, as hostages,
his daughter and his grandchild, Virginia Dare.
And yet even those ties were insufficient.
The colony received no seasonable relief; and the further history of this neglected plantation is involved in gloomy uncertainty.
The inhabitants of ‘the city of Raleigh
,’ the emigrants from England
and the firstborn of America
, failed, like their predecessors, in establishing an enduring settlement; but, unlike their predecessors, they awaited death in the land of their adoption.
had no English town, it soon had English graves.1
For when White
, he found its whole attention absorbed by the threats of an invasion from Spain
; and Grenville
, and Lane
, not less than Frobisher
, and Hawkins
, were engaged in planning measures of resistance.
, whose patriotism did not diminish his generosity, found means to despatch White
in two vessels.
But the company, desiring a gainful voyage rather than a safe one, ran in chase of prizes; till, at last, one of them fell in with men-of-war from Rochelle
, and, after a bloody fight, was boarded and rifled.
Both ships were compelled to return immediately to England
, to the ruin of the colony and the displeasure of its author.2
The delay was fatal; the independence of the English
kingdom, and the security