“A Laudable Form of Government”

Man in historical clothing
10:00am - 10:30am

Sir George YeardleyJamestownDay16_531_rect2 “a laudable form of government”

Location: Hunt Shrine
Series: The World of 1619

Newly-appointed Governor George Yeardley and Secretary John Pory invite you to join them on the eve of the historic “First Assembly” in July of 1619. Since their arrival in Virginia three months ago, the two men have sent dispatches up and down the James River to each of the eleven largest settlements, instructing them to each elect two representatives called “burgesses.” With only two weeks to go before the burgesses arrive, the gentlemen will discuss the Virginia Company’s intent to replace the harsh martial laws that had stabilized the colony with a representative government. And it is hoped that this, when coupled with the opportunity to own land, will no doubt encourage more settlers to come!

Program will also be offered on July 14 at 12:30pm and 3:00pm.

Free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne

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