afternoon till four.
The houses were warm and
secure, covered above with strong boards, and matted on the inside after the fashion of the Indian
Security and affluence were returning.
But the health of Lord Delaware
sunk under the cares of his situation and the diseases of the climate; and, after a lingering sickness, he was compelled to leave the administration with Percy
, and return to England
The colony, at this time, consisted of about two hundred men; but the departure of the governor was a disastrous event, which produced not only despondency at Jamestown
, but ‘a damp of coldness’ in the hearts of the London company; and a great reaction in the popular mind in England
In the age when the theatre was the chief place of public amusement and resort, Virginia
was introduced by the stage-poets as a theme of scorn and derision.2
‘This plantation,’ complained they of Jamestown
, ‘has undergone the reproofs of the base world; our own brethren laugh us to scorne; and papists and players, the scum and dregs of the earth, mocke such as help to build up the walls of Jerusalem
Fortunately, the adventurers, before the ill success
of Lord Delaware
was known, had despatched Sir Thomas Dale
, ‘a worthy and experienced soldier in the Low Countries
,’ with liberal supplies.
He arrived safely in the colony, and assumed the government,
which he soon afterwards administered upon the basis of martial law. The code, written in blood, and printed and sent to Virginia
by the treasurer, Sir Thomas Smith
, on his own authority, and without the