Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 128 SOUTHWARD HO
the times, and of�the politician. Religion has a twofold as-
pect, and concerns society as well as the individual, though not
in the same degree. And this, would you believe it, was just
ten years before the Puritans landed at Plymouth. Our Vir-
ginians were clearly not wholly regardless of those serious per-
formances which their more youthful neighbors, farther East,
claim pretty much to have monopolized. But to return. It
may interest many readers to see what Strachey further says of
the ancient city of Jamestown.
The houses first raised were all burnt, by a casualty of fire,
the beginning of the second year of their siat [settlement] and in
the second voyage of Captain Newport ; which have been bet-
ter rebuilted, though as yet in no great uniformity, either for the
fashion or the beauty of the streete. A delicate wrought fine
kind of mat the Indians make, with which (as they can be
trucked for, or snatched 2rp*) our people so dress their chambers
and inward rooms, which make their homes so much the more
handsome. The houses have large and wide country chimuies
in the which is to be supposed (in such plenty of wood) what
fires are maintained ; and they have found the way to cover
their houses, now (as the Indians), with barkes of trees, as du-
rable and good proofs against stormes and winter weather as the
best tyle, defending likewise the piercing sunbeams of slimmer
and keeping the inner lodgings coole enough which before
would be in sultry weather like stoves, whilst they were, as at
first, pargetted and plaistered with bitumen or tough clay ; and
thus armed for the injury of changing times, and seasons of the
the year, we hold ourselves well apaid, though wanting array
* This snatching up bothered us in the case of a people so devout in their attendance upon church, but, turning to the Journal of the Plymouth Pilgrims (Cheever's) we found at their very first entrance upon Indian land a similar case of snatching up, which proves the practice to have been no ways improper, even if not exactly religious. At page 34, we read, that our beloved Pilgrims found where the " naked salvages" had put away a basket of come, four or five bushels. " We were in suspense what to do with it," says our simple chronicler, but the long and short of the suspense and consultation resulted in their taking off the commodity �in other words, " snatching up," which they did, with the avowed determination if they ever met with the owner to satisfy him for his grain. Our Virginians, I fancy, did their snatching precisely on the same terms.