© June 2006; revised 25 June 2008
Sidebar giving the full text of Tindall’s letter to Henry, Prince of Wales, 1607
(for the Gallery exhibit, “Robert Tindall’s Chart of James River, 1608”)
To the highe and Mightie: Prince Henry Fredericke prince and heyre apparente of greate Brittaine Fraunce Ireland and Virginia.
Tindall his H. gunner / from Virginia.
“M I G H T I E P R I N C E
“I thought it no lesse than my duty beinge imployed in this voyage of Verginia, In all humble mannor to make your Princelye selfe acquainted with those accidentes which hathe happenned to us in this our voyage. May it therefore please your grace to accepte at the handes of your most humble and dutifull servante a dearnall [journal] of our voyage and draughte [drawing] of our River hearinclosed [sic] by us discovered where never christian before hathe beene, and also to let your grace understande wee are safelye arryved and planted in this Contreye by the providence and mercye of God, which wee finde to be in it selfe most fruitefull, of the whiche wee have taken a Reall and publicke possession in the name and to the use of your Royall father and our gratious kinge and soveraigne: Thus ceasing for being too tedious and troublesome unto your grace, I in all humble mannour committ your Princelye selfe to the protection of almightie God whome on my knees I dayelye praye (as I am bounde) to blesse and prosper your godlye and vertuous proceedings:
“From James Towne in Virginia this: 22 of June 1607.
Robert Tindall’s letter to
Prince Henry, 22 June 1607
repr. in the Preface to Edward Arber’s
edition of Captain John Smith’s Works