This transcription contains the original text followed by a modernised
English version. To help the reader understand the newsletter's contents
several terms need to be explained. "Landgrave" is a
German term which in English roughly means "Count." The term
"Virginia Court" does not refer to a court of the land, but to a meeting of
the Virginia Company. To say it another way, the members of the Virginia
Company were holding court.
29 January 1611
Last Sondaye the Lord Archbyshop was sworn a pryvye Consellor at Greenewych.
Last Sondaye heere arrived the Landgrave of Hessens eldest Sonne of 17 years age
attended with 26 persons, and is to get in a Duch Ghest house in Lombard street.
His chief gentleman and I had some conference, wherein he glanced at an entent of
a mach with the Lady Elizabeth, "marry" he sayd that his Lord's comeing was to see
his Kingdom and to salute the (?bride) and princess.
The last week at Norwych upon a Soleme show daye in choosing their (?mayor), through
a great crowd wch overthrew a scaffold there were 32 people slayne and many hurt
som were verye accompt.
Last Tewsdaye at a Virgynya Court the Lord La Warre in person made his apollogye to
the whole assemblye, saying allso that so soon as he could recover health he would
be as willing to return to virgynya as any man.
The State & hope of the Bermudas was there fully dyscust and concluded to send a
colony thither, the place so opulent, fertile and pleasant that all men are now
willing to go thither.
Mr. Guye of Bristow who the last yeare very discretely, honestly and providentlye
with a shipp and 30 honest persons well accomodated with all necessaryes as well
as quick creatures as other wayes, viz: Ducks, Geese, Henns, Conneyes, Goats, Swyne,
and Kyne, according to the terms of his Letters pattent went to the Newfoundland,
where he very orderly hath seated hymself, buylded a convenyent house, increased
of all sorts of his creatures, kyld many sorts of wyld beasts as Deere, Wolves,
Foxes, and black foxes some of the skynns and other things he hath sent over for
Testymony, and hath wrytten unto the rest of the adventurers his good estate, his
farther dyscovery of the Countrey even in the winter season, when his people have
healthfully endured the sharpest could, and he hath all things yet for one yeares
sustenance - The next Michaellmas he will com over in pson and prepare for further
plantacon in that Contynent, whereunto all men are very forward to put in theyre
moneyes, by reason this plantacon is very honest peacefull and hopefull, and very
lykelye to be profytable.
The Cytyzens of London are exceding wearye of theyre Iryshe plantacon.
29 January 1611
Last Sunday the Lord Archbishop was sworn in as a privy counsellor at
Last Sunday the Landgrave of Hessen's eldest son of 17 years of age arrived here,
attended with 26 persons, and he is to stay in a Dutch guest house in Lombard
Street. His chief gentleman and I had some discussions, where he hinted at an
intent of a match with the Lady Elizabeth, "marry" he said that his Lord's coming
was to see his kingdom and to salute the (bride?) and princess.
The last week at Norwich upon a solemn show day in choosing their (mayor?),
because of a great crowd which overthrew a scaffold, 32 people were slain
and many hurt, some of whom were very respectable.
Last Tuesday at a Virginia Court, the Lord La Warre in person made his apology to
the whole assembly, saying also that as soon as he could recover his health he
would be as willing to return to Virginia as any man.
The state and hope of the Bermudas was fully discussed there and it was concluded
to send a colony there, the place so opulent, fertile and pleasant that all men
are now willing to go there.
Mr. Guy of Bristol who last year very discretely, honestly and providentially
with a ship and 30 honest persons, well provisioned with all necessities as well as
live animals as other ways, viz.: ducks, geese, hens, rabbits, goats, swine, and
cows, according to the terms of his letters patent went to Newfoundland, where he
very orderly has settled, building a convenient house, increased the number of all
sorts of his livestock, [and] killed many sorts of wild beasts such as deer, wolves,
foxes, and black foxes. Some of the skins and other things he has sent over for
testimony, and has written to the rest of the adventurers of his good estate, [and]
his further discovery of the country even in the winter season, while his people
have healthfully endured the sharpest cold, and he has all things yet for one year's
sustenance. The next Michaelmas [29 September] he will come over in person and
prepare for further plantation in that continent, with the result that all men are
very eager to invest their money, by reason that this plantation is very honest,
peaceful and hopeful, and very likely to be profitable.
The Citizens of London are exceedingly weary of their Irish plantation.