Disagreements With the Virginia Company (1623)

Disagreements With the Virginia Company (1623)

  • There’s been talk among the farmers, sea captains, sailors & others in Virginia & there have been many concerns. Some of them are brought up here, coupled with some answers from the “company men”. This was sent off the to company HQ back in England
    • 1 – Plantations were put on or near salt marshes, muddy creeks & lakes, & people are getting all kinds of diseases
      • Answer – People are settled in the best places they can be. With one exception, people are in the safest places that can be used for farming. These plantations are fruitful & near to fresh water
    • 2 – Some shorelines where plantations are set up are so shallow that boats can’t approach to load goods onto boats without danger of capsizing. The people have to wade in the water in cold temperatures to load them
      • Answer – All plantations have between 3-4 feet of water at half tide & boats should plan the loading & unloading of boats accordingly
    • 3 – New people arrive in the dead of winter & can’t find any shelter in an inn or a guesthouse. Some have even died out in the cold due to lack of accomodation
      • Answer – Winter’s not as bad as that. There is no guesthouse there yet, but we had plans for a landing place for newcomers but the Indians made short work of that. We make sure people who die are at least buried
    • 4 – The Colony runs low on food during the winter. English meal was sold at 30 shillings a bushel but Maize was sold between 10-15 shillings a bushel with the natives. If the prices don’t lower, we’ll have to turn to trading with Indians for all our food
      • Answer – Well, it’s true that since the massacre, meal has been expensive. But remember, even when it’s not shockingly high, we still have to pay for freight costs. Your tobacco revenues should pay for this easily
    • 5 – The houses are built like pieces of trash. They are also built too far apart, giving enemies the advantage of picking us off one-by-one
      • Answer – Houses were built for function, not for beauty. They are built of the same quality as other houses. Higher ranks get higher quality houses which only makes sense. The spacing of houses is to allow for access to the water
    • 6 – We don’t have enough fortification. The best is a small natural one but that’s just not good enough
      • Answer – There are no fortifications but every plantation is built along palisades & many have trenches. There are actual fortifications in the cities
    • 7 – I was told we’d have many commodities available to buy but when I arrived, I couldn’t buy anything. No iron goods, no glassware. The only business people are in here is tobacco
      • Answer – The area has many commodities available but the colony is in its infancy & Jamestown did suffer a massacre, leaving many dead, the Ironworks ruined & many plantations out of commission. We are trying to address the situation
    • 8 – Plantations of Henrico & Charles city were abandoned & laid waste by Indians, destroy plants, animals & buildings
    • 9 – The say we’re doing our best to match the laws & customs of England. Some of the straying was not out of ignorance of the law & customs but much of it is on purpose by those with the power to do so
    • 10 – Over 10000 people have been brought to the colony but currently there are only 2000 here, many of whom are sick & broke. I wish the company would do something to make life better
      • Answer to 8, 9, 10 – We’ll leave these comments to be answered by the company because we’re unsure of the numbers & reasons why the numbers have dwindled

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