Michael Drayton is the poet
who has written the ode ‘To the Virginian Voyage’ urging all red-blooded Englishmen
to leave the wimps behind and actively support the country’s settlement attempts in the New World. The first of twelve
‘You brave heroic minds
Worthy your country’s name
That honour still
Go and subdue
Whilst loit’ring hinds
Lark here at home with shame’
Personally unashamed, Drayton
never goes himself, eventually becomes Poet Laureate and is buried in Westminster Abbey.
Sir Edward Lawrence of Steeple in Dorset, member of the London Virginia Company, dies this year. His memorial tablet
is in St Michaels Church. On the tablet are the stars and stripes of the Washington family who married into the Lawrences.
In years to come, George Washington, the first President of the newly independent United States, will use the stars and stripes
design on the national flag.
In Virginia, though Jamestown remains its capital, the first settlement increasingly becomes just used
as a place of safety for pigs and cattle. Henrico, on the other hand, with its healthier climate, is expanding. There’s
a new hospice. Frame houses are going up fast, as shown here. Henrico also boasts the first brick -built church in North America.
Its minister, the Reverend Alexander Whitaker, has Rolfe and Pocahontas as his parishioners and has recently christened their
baby son Thomas in the church. Whitaker also blesses the Rolfes who are planning to sail to England on a business and holiday
visit. Also blessing the pair is Chief Powatan who wants his daughter to personally meet God and King James there. He’s
certain they both live in London.