History of Virginia for the Use of Schools


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The same year Sir Richard Grenville with a party of
men made a settlement on Roanoke Island, upon which
Granganameo lived. They made several expeditions
into the country, found new tribes of Indians, and met
with many curious adventures. At one time they were
nearly starved to death, but were saved by boiling two
mastiff dogs with sassafras leaves, which they ate with
great appetite.
They ascertained some interesting facts about the
religion of the savages. They believed that there were
a great many gods, but one greater than all the rest,
who had existed from eternity, and who made all things.
They worshipped the sun, moon, and Btars as gods.
They' believed that the soul would live for ever in hap-
piness or misery. The English tried to teach them
about the true God and the Bible. The simple crea-
tures listened to them with interest, and taking the
Holy Bible in their hands, kissed it reverently, held it to
their breasts and stroked their bodies over with it.
Once King Winginia being very sick, refused help from
his own friends, and sent for the English to come and
pray for him, that if he died he might live with their
God in Heaven. Soon after this a circumstance occurred
which increased their fear and reverence for the God of
the English. Great sickness prevailed in many of their
settlements, the nature of which we are not told ; but it
so happened that the disease was most fatal in those
places which were inclined to be unfriendly to the
English, from which the simple creatures inferred that
the God of the English was espousing their cause, and
that they were actually destroying their enemies by
their prayers to this great Being; and thus all the sur-
rounding tribes hastened to claim the friendship of this
powerful people of an all-powerful God.

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