America and West Indies: October 1609

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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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October 1609

Oct. 4.
James Town, Virginia.
19. Capt. "John Radclyeffe, comenly called" to the Earl of Salisbury. Sir Thos. Gates, Sir Geo. Somers, Capt. Newport, and about 180 persons are not yet arrived; it is much feared they are lost as well as a small pinnace. The other ships have all come in, but with great loss of men by the calenture, and most of them much weather-beaten. Capt. Argoll was found in an English ship riding at James Town. They heard that all the Council were dead, but Capt. [John] Smith, President, who reigned sole Governor and is now sent home to answer some misdemeanors. George Percy, my Lord of Northumber land's brother, is elected President, and Mr. West, brother to Lord De la Warr, of the Council, with himself and Capt. Martin. One hundred men have been planted at the falls, others, elsewhere. Is raising a fortification upon Point Comfort. The wood is so thick, and the labour to prepare the ground so great, that he advises the directors of this business to send a sufficient supply of victuals for one year. [On 15 Dec. 1609, Lord Southampton writes to Lord Salisbury, that he had told the King of the Virginia squirrels brought into England, which are said to fly. The King very earnestly asked if none were provided for him, and whether Salisbury had none for him, and said he was sure Salisbury would get him one. Would not have troubled him, "but that you know so well how he is affected to these toys." DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol. L., No. 65, Cal. p. 573.]