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3 > Page 3 of Address at the three hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown / by Hon. Thomas Nelson Page.

ADDRESS It seems to me that what is said on this spot on this occa- sion should relate to the spiritual side of the work and the fruits of the Jamestown settlement, whose Three Hundredth Anniversary we are here today to celebrate, rather than to the material or physical side. And it is ina this spirit that I wish to deal with it in this peseat1.e. And first on this spAt on this omasiorl I wish to mention with reverence the name of Sir Walter Raleigh: "Lord, and Chief Governor of Virginia," to whom, -lnder God's Provi- dence, more than any other hilman being is due the fact that this Country belongs to the English Speaking Race, and the Civilization which it represents. Three hundred years ago, on this Island-which until then, through all the ages, since the birth of things, had lain desert and untrodden by any feet save those of the wild beast and the yet wilder savage,-to which Spain had simply asserted a traditionary right as a part of the vast unknown region of the American Continent-landed a little band of sea-worn Englishmen and took posession in the name of God and of the Crown of England. Since the 20th day of December preceding, when they weighed anchor in the River Thames and dropped down the stream with the receding tide, they had in their three little ships been making their way slowly and painfully across the wintry Atlantic. These small vessels: "The Sarah Con- stant," (of one hundred tons) with Captain Christopher New- port, the Admiral, in command, "The Goodspeed," (of forty tons), with Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, the Vice-Admiral, and "The Discovery," a pinnace, (of twenty tons), with Cap- tain John Ratcliffe, had, reckoning all the time since they weighed anchor in the Thames until they dropped anchor in 3