Author: Reverend William Symonds


“To goe likewise abroad”; an excerpt from Virginea Britannia. A Sermon Preached At White Chappel, In The presence of many the Adventurers, and Planters for Virginia by Reverend William Symonds (1609)

On April 25, 1609, the Reverend William Symonds preached a sermon at London’s White Chapel in defense of the Virginia Company of London‘s efforts to sustain its colony at Jamestown. In this excerpt, Symonds focuses on the call of Abraham in Genesis 12, comparing it to England’s call to settle America. He then responds at length to those who object that England had no right to invade “the territories of other princes, by force of sword.” Some spelling has been modernized and contractions expanded.