same time, conceded; and lotteries, though unusual in England
, were authorized for the benefit of the colony.
The lotteries produced to the company twenty-nine thousand pounds; but, as they were esteemed a grievance by the nation, so they were, after a few years, noticed by parliament as a public evil, and, in
consequence of the complaint of the commons, were suspended by an order of council.
If the new charter enlarged the powers of the com-
pany, the progress of the colony confirmed its stability.
Tribes even of the Indians submitted to the English
, and, by a formal treaty, declared themselves the tributaries of King James.
A marriage was the immediate cause of this change of relations.
A foraging party of the colonists, headed by Argall
, having stolen the daughter of Powhatan, demanded of her father a ransom.
The indignant chief prepared rather for hostilities.
But John Rolfe
, ‘an honest and discreet’ young Englishman, an amiable enthusiast, who had emigrated to the forests of Virginia
, daily, hourly, and, as it were, in his very sleep, heard a voice crying in his ears, that he should strive to make her a Christian.
With the solicitude of a troubled soul, he reflected on the true end of being.
‘The Holy Spirit’ —such are his own expressions—‘demanded of me why I was created;’ and conscience whispered that, rising above ‘the censure of the low-minded,’ he should lead the blind in the right path.
Yet still he remembered that God had visited the sons of Levi and Israel with his displeasure, because they sanctified strange women; and might he, indeed, unite himself with ‘one of barbarous breeding and of a cursed race?’
After a great struggle of mind, and daily and believing prayers, in the innocence of pious zeal, he resolved ‘to labor for the conversion of the unregenerated ’