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History of the Colony and Ancient Dominion of Virginia   By: (1807-1876)

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Transcriber's Notes: Words surrounded by underscores are in italics in the original. Characters superscripted in the original are enclosed in {braces}. Asterisks represent an ellipsis as in the original. A row of plus signs indicates a thought break.

Variations in spelling and hyphenation have been left as in the original. A complete list of corrections follows the text. Other notes are also at the end of the file.









Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1859, by


In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Virginia.


Although Virginia must be content with a secondary and unpretending rank in the general department of history, yet in the abundance and the interest of her historical materials, she may, without presumption, claim pre eminence among the Anglo American colonies. While developing the rich resources with which nature has so munificently endowed her, she ought not to neglect her past, which teaches so many useful lessons, and carries with it so many proud recollections. Her documentary history, lying, much of it, scattered and fragmentary, in part slumbering in the dusty oblivion of Transatlantic archives, ought to be collected with pious care, and embalmed in the perpetuity of print.

The work now presented to the reader will be found to be written in conformity with the following maxim of Lord Bacon: "It is the office of history to represent the events themselves, together with the counsels, and to leave the observations and conclusions thereupon, to the liberty and faculty of every man's judgment."

I avail myself of this occasion to express my acknowledgments to Hugh B. Grigsby, Esq., (who has contributed so much to the illustration of Virginia history by his own writings,) for many valuable suggestions, and for having undergone the trouble of revising a large part of the manuscript of this work.

PETERSBURG, VA., September 2d, 1859 .


CHAPTER I. Early Voyages of Discovery. Sir Walter Raleigh's Colony of Virginia. 17

II. Early Life and Adventures of Captain John Smith. 30

III. Landing at Jamestown and Settlement of Virginia proper. Wingfield, President of Council. Ratcliffe, President. 35

IV. Smith's Explorations. Smith, President. 55

V. Smith's Adventures with the Indians. His Administration of the Colony. His Departure. His Character and Writings. 70

VI. The Indians of Virginia. 85

VII. Sufferings of the Colonists. Wreck of the Sea Venture. Miscellaneous Affairs. Percy, President. Lord Delaware, Governor. Percy, Acting Governor. Sir Thomas Dale, High Marshal. Sir Thomas Gates, Governor. 92

VIII. Pocahontas visits England. Her Death. Yeardley, Deputy Governor. 112

IX. Argall, Governor. His Administration. Powhatan's Death. 124

X. Sir Walter Raleigh. 132

XI. First Assembly of Virginia. Powell, Deputy Governor. Yeardley, Governor... Continue reading book >>

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