London: Samuel Macham, 1609 [Washington: Wm. Q. Force, 1836], 1836. Disbound. Very Good binding. Item #6398
Octavo. 28 pp. Removed from binding. From: Tracts and Other Papers, Relating Principally to the Origins, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America. Volume I (1836). Here stitched into modern laid paper wrappers. A bright copy with limited toning and foxing to the leaves.
One of a number of tracts put out by the Virginia Company to promote immigration to Virginia. While issued anonymously, it is understood to be the work of Robert Johnson. In particular, Clark describes it as "An eloquent and earnest appeal, on behalf of the London Company of Virginia, for the proper kind of settlers for that colony. It was written in the form of a discourse by one of a party of 'adventurers' returned from Virginia and assembled in London. An appeal was made for laborers, mechanics, farmers, and craftsmen, in preference to the gentlemen who formed the first group of settlers. Emphasis is placed on the natural advantages of the country--air, climate, soil, products, and Indians. The author describes the new colony as an 'earthly Paradise,' and believes that 'Virginia will make planters rich.'" Clark I, 105. Brown, Genesis of the United States, LXVIII; Church 338; Sabin 36284.