America and West Indies: September 1585

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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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September 1585

Sept. 8.
From the New Fort in Virginia.
6. Lane to Sec. Walsingham. Has thought good to advertise him concerning Sir R. Greenefeelde's [Grenville] complaints against sundry gentlemen of this service, and particularly against Mr. Candyshe [Thos. Cavendish] their high marshal, Edw. Gorge, Francis Brooke, their treasurer, and Capt. Clerck. Certifies to their faithfulness and industry, and to the tyrannical conduct of Grenville from first to last, through whose great default the action has been made most painful and most perilous. Refers him to an ample discourse of the whole voyage in the hands of the bearer, their treasurer, directed to Sir W. Raleigh, wherein Grenville's intolerable pride, insatiable ambition, and proceedings towards them all, and to Lane in particular, are set forth. Has had so much experience of Grenville as to desire to be freed from the place where he is to carry any authority in chief. They have discovered a kind of Gynneye [Guinea] wheat, that yields both corn and sugar, of which their physician bath sent an assay to Sir W. Raleigh. There are fertile and pleasant provinces in the main land, populated only by savages, fit to be civilly and christianly inhabited. Means, with the favour of God, to visit them and pass some part of the winter in their provinces, 140 miles within the main.