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, as Cape Cod. The numbers and hostility of the savages led him to delay a removal, since his colonists Chap. I.} 1606 were so few. Yet the purpose remained. Thrice, in the spring of the following year, did Dupont, his lieutenant, attempt to complete the discovery. Twice he was driven back by adverse winds; and at the third Aug. 28. attempt, his vessel was wrecked. Poutrincourt, who had visited France, and was now returned with supplies, himself renewed the design; but, meeting with Nov. 14. disasters among the shoals of Cape Cod, he, too, returned to Port Royal. There the first French settle- 1605 ment on the American continent had been made; two years before James River was discovered, and three years before a cabin had been raised in Canada. The possessions of Poutrincourt were confirmed by 1607 Henry IV.; the apostolic benediction of the Roman pontiff was solicited on families which exiled them- 1608 selves to evangelize infidels; Mary of Medici herself contributed
627. grants arrived; and there was an increasing demand for all the products of the soil. The career of Yeardley was now closed by death. Nov. Posterity will ever retain a grateful recollection of the man who first convened a representative assembly in the western hemisphere; the colonists, announcing his decease in a letter to the privy council, gave at the same time a eulogy on his virtues; the surest evidence of his fidelity to their interests. Burk, II. 22, 23. The day after his Nov. 14. burial, Francis West was elected his successor; Hening, i. 4. for the council was authorized to elect the governor, from time to time, as often as the case shall require. Hazard i. 233. But if any doubts existed of the royal assent to the 1627. continuance of colonial assemblies, they were soon removed by a letter of instructions, which the king ad- Aug. 24. dressed to the governor and council. After much caviling, in the style of a purchaser who undervalues the wares which he