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CHAPTER III. CAPTAIN SAMUEL AKGALL, DEPUTY-GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.
first presiding officer of the London Company was -- Sir Thomas
Smith. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth he was knighted, and in
1604 sent on an embassy to Russia. No one so quick as he engaged in
projects calculated to develop the commerce of England, and he was
recognised as the ruling spirit of the Muscovia, Greenland, East
India, and Virginia Companies, all of which for years held their
meetings at his elegant and capacious mansion in Philpot Lane.1 It
was a measure of policy as well as a source of pleasure for him to
patronize those who were writing histories of the brave men who had
sailed over distant seas and discovered new lands, one of whom was
Purchas, the editor of the Pilgrimage, and also of the five folio
volumes called the Pilgrims. With all his commercial energy and
foresight, and the flattering position he held among the courtiers
of King James, he was yet ready to stoop to mean and dishonourable
acts to fill his coffers. While acting as the 1 Purchas's
Pilgrimage, 747. 60 ARGALL NAMES DELA WARE BA Y. Governor of the
London Company, he used his position for self-aggrandizement; and
in 1609, before the expedition of Gates and Somers could arrive, he
despatched one of his relatives and favourites?Samuel Argall,
described by an old chronicler as "an ingenious, active, and
forward young gentleman"?in a fast-sailing vessel, of which Robert
Tindall was master, with a cargo of wine and provisions,1 to be
traded on private account.2 When Argall returned, he was?in
1610?appointed to conduct Lord Delaware to Jamestown; and on the
19th of June followed in another vessel after Sir George Somers,
who was bound to the Bermudas for fish and wild hogs. Losing Somers
in a dangerous fog abo...
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