PEARL LEONA STURGIS
The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
First Assembly of the People.
For the first time in the history of Virginia the colonists were given a share in the government. They had in England the right to choose their own officers and they could not see why they did not have the same right in Virginia. The Company granted their wish and the House of Burgess chosen by the people began holding regular meetings at Jamestown. From “Our Land---Our People” page 117-119 “At first the colonists at Jamestown had nothing to say about their government.
The laws were sent by the London Company from England. One of the first laws passed was declaring the Church of England to be the official church of the colony. It required the members to attend services morning and evening on Sundays. Anyone absent without a good excuse had to pay a fine. Other laws required a fine for idleness. Later in 1624 King James abolished the London Company and allowed the people to elect their own representatives so that self government spread.
This did not happen until 6 years after Raleigh was beheaded. In 1616 Sir Walter Raleigh was still alive and imprisoned in the Tower of London. As I write this down 400 years later (2016) after reading about Raleigh’s Heart’s Desire, who never even once set foot in his Heart Land, I am wishing and hoping that someone sent news to Sir Walter Raleigh in prison to tell him there was a colony where his heart had been set on hearing had happened before he met his maker.
I wish they could have brought him the news of the free citizens where each citizen has 3 acres of land to work for their own family. Perhaps that is when Raleigh wrote “The Passion Man’s pilgrimage.” If not then, it had to be the night before his execution. “Give me my scallop shell of quiet; my staff of faith to walk on; my scrip of joy, immortal diet; my bottle of Salvation.”--- It must have filled his heart with joy to know he did his uttermost to help the persecuted pilgrims and even while imprisoned he was there to write this history down and this beautiful poetry that will continue to be enjoyed, most likely, as long as the sun and moon endure.
Still under Bondage
To be Continued in the Next Daily Bites of History Series
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The Great Awakening
There is Nothing Wrong with the Constitution it's the people we elected to uphold their oaths ,That are the Problems .
This my friends is where all our hopes and dreams ,Freedoms ,Liberties were formed some 240 years ago ,by a group of men with foresight to see way down the road for what is today. The Greatest Country in the World,And Still Is,as long as WE THE PEOPLE STAND UP FOR OUR FREEDOMS