Author: George Thorpe


Letter from George Thorpe to John Smyth (December 19, 1620)

In this letter, dated December 19, 1620, George Thorpe reassures his business partner John Smyth that he and his fellow colonists remain healthy, despite widespread and largely accurate reports of high mortality both for Virginia’s Englishmen as a whole and for those who have settled at Berkeley Hundred. Some historians have suggested that the “soe good drinke of Indian corne” Thorpe mentions may have been the colony’s, and perhaps America’s, first batch of whiskey.