Friday, November 22, 2013

Jamestown Rebuilt

When Jamestown was laid to ashes by the soldiers of Bacon,  Mr. Drummond and Mr. Lawrence set the torch to their own homes who figured rather prominently in this uprising.  The church and state-house were both destroyed.  By the time that the English regiments reached Jamestown, not  house was left standing to provide shelter.  The General Assembly proposed to move the chief seat to Tyndall's Point in Gloucester. When Culpepper was appointed to the head of affairs in Virginia, he was instructed to rebuild Jamestown and to re-establish there the executive residence, the principal courts of justices and the other public offices.  The instructions were that the English King wished the leading citizens of the Colony to build houses at Jamestown and dwell there. Thus, a state-house was soon erected to accommodate the Burgesses, the Secretary and the Clerk. A prison was also built.

Source: British State Papers, address of the Burgesses to Howard, Oct. 4 1685; Virginia Assembly No. 86.

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