America and West Indies: August 1607

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 1, 1574-1660. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1860.

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August 1607

Aug. 18.
Dudley Carleton to John Chamberlain. Arrival of Captain Newport from Virginia, he having left the adventurers in an island in the midst of a great river 120 miles in the land. Much commendation written of the air, soil, and commodities of the country. No silver nor gold. The adventurers cannot yet be at peace with the natives; but have fortified themselves and built a small town, which they call James Town, and date their letters from. Thinks it hath no graceful name; doubts not the Spaniards will say it comes too near Villiaco. Captain Warman, a special favourite of Sir Walter Copes, taken in the act of shipping himself for Spain, with intent, it is thought, to defeat "this Virginian attempt." A Dutchman writes in Latin from the new town, in Virginia, Jacobopolis. Letter received from Geo. Percy, who calls it James-fort, "which we like best of all the rest, because it comes near to Chelms-ford." [Extract from DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. XXVIII., No. 34, Cal. p. 367.]