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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription CONVERSION OF POCAHONTAS. 129
hangings, tapestry, and guilded Venetian cordovan, or more
spruce household garniture, and wanton city ornaments, remem-
bering the old Epigraph
" ` We dwelt not here to build us Barnes And Halls for pleasure and good cheer, But Halls we build for us and ours
To dwell in them while we live here.'� The Puritans could not have expressed themselves more de-
voutly. Here are texts to stimulate into eloquence a thousand
annual self applausive orators, for a thousand years to come.
That this was the prevailing spirit of those who gave tone to the
colony, and not the sentiments of a single individual, hear fur-
ther of the manner in which that most excellent ruler, the Lord
Delaware, first made his approaches to the colony. This, be it
remembered, was in 1610, ten years before the Plymouth pil-
grims brought religion to the benighted West
� 'Upon his lordship's landing, at the south gate of the Palle-
sado (which looks into the river) our governor caused his com-
pany to stand in order and make a guard. It pleased him that
I (William Strachey) should bear his colours for that time
His lordship landing, fell upon his knees, and before us all
made a long and silent prayer to himself, and after marching up
into the town : when at the gate, I bowed with the colours and
let them fall at his Lordship's feet, who passed into the chapelle,
where he heard a sermon by Master Bucke, our Governor's
preacher,'&c.
To pray to himself, perhaps, was not altogether in the
spirit of that very intense religion which some portions of our
country so love to eulogize ; but methinks it was not bad for our
Virginia Governor, whom their better neighbours were wont to
suppose never prayed at all. But they worked, too, as well as
prayed, these rollicking Virginians : and their works survive
them. The conversion of Pocahontas�the possession of that
bright creature of a wild humanity �has been long since envied
to Virginia by all the other colonies. Take the account of her
conversion from a letter of Sir Thomas Dale
Powliatan's daughter I caused to be carefully instructed in
the Christian religion, who, after she had made some good
progresse therein, renounced publickly her Country's Idolatry,
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