The return of Lord Delaware
have restored tranquillity; the health of that nobleman was not equal to the voyage; he embarked with many emigrants, but did not live to reach Virginia
The tyranny of Argall
was, therefore, left unrestrained; but his indiscriminate rapacity and vices were destined to defeat themselves, and procure for the colony an inestimable benefit; for they led him to defraud the company, as well as to oppress the colonists.
The condition of Virginia
became intolerable; the labor of
the settlers was perverted to the benefit of the governor; servitude, for a limited period, was the common penalty annexed to trifling offences; and, in a colony where martial law still continued in force, life itself was insecure against his capricious passions.
The first appeal ever made from America
, directed, not to the king, but to the company, was in behalf of one whom Argall
had wantonly condemned to death, and whom he had with great difficulty been prevailed upon to spare.2
The colony was fast falling into disrepute, and the report of the tyranny established beyond the Atlantic
, checked emigration.
A reformation was demanded, and was conceded, with guarantees for the future; because the interests of the colonists and the company coincided in requiring a redress of their common wrongs.
After a strenuous contest on the part of rival factions for the control of the company, the influence of Sir Edwin Sandys
was displaced, and the mild and popular Yeardley
was now appointed captain-general of the
colony. But before the new chief magistrate