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[141] arrived on the coast with emigrants and supplies.
Chap IV} 1610
The fugitives bore up the helm, and, favored by the wind, were that night once more at the fort in Jamestown.1

It was on the tenth day of June, that the restauration of the colony was solemnly begun by supplications to God. A deep sense of the infinite mercies of his providence overawed the colonists who had been spared by famine, the emigrants who had been shipwrecked and yet preserved, and the new comers who found wretchedness and want, where they had expected the contentment of abundance. The firmness of their resolution repelled despair. ‘It is,’ said they, ‘the arm of the Lord of Hosts, who would have his people pass the Red Sea and the wilderness, and then possess the land of Canaan.’2 Dangers avoided inspire trust in Providence. ‘Doubt not,’ said the emigrants to the people of England, ‘God will raise our state and build his church in this excellent clime.’ After solemn exercises of religion, Lord Delaware caused his commission to be read; a consultation was immediately held on the good of the colony; and its government was organized with mildness but decision. The evils of faction were healed by the unity of the administration, and the dignity and virtues of the governor; and the colonists, excited by mutual emulation, performed their tasks with alacrity. At the beginning of the day, they assembled in the little church, which was kept neatly trimmed with the wild flowers of the country;3 next, they returned to their houses to receive their allowance of food. The settled hours of labor were from six in the morning till ten, and from two in the

1 True Declaration, 45, 46.

2 Ibid. 48.

3 Purchas, IV. 1753.

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