America and West Indies: July 1612

Pages 13-14

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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July 1612

July 9.
John Chamberlain to Sir Dudley Carleton. It is generally believed that the Spanish Ambassador will expostulate about the English planting in Virginia. Fears the plantation will fall to the ground of itself "by the extreme beastly idleness of our nation," who, notwithstanding the cost and diligence used to support them, will rather starve than be industrious. Ships lately arrived from thence bring nothing but discomfort and that Sir Thos. Gates and Sir Thos. Dale are quite out of heart. Ten men sent to fish for their relief, slipped away to England and fill the town with ill reports, which will hinder that business more than the lottery will further it. Order taken to have the runaways punished or at least sent back again. [Extract from DOMESTIC Corresp. Jac. I., Vol LXX., No. 4, Cal. p. 137.]