National Geographic : 1948 Apr
436 The National Geographic Magazine humming with the exploits of the sea men just back from the Spanish Main. Hakluyt could almost sniff the tang of the Bristol Channel from his study. When his religious duties permitted, he had but to stroll to the near-by quay to check his information at first hand. He was a careful historian; once he rode to the Norfolk coast to obtain information from the survivor of an expedition. In 1587 he wrote to Raleigh, encour aging him to persevere in his Virginia enterprise: "I can see great comfort of the success of your action, hoping that the Lord, Whose power is wont to be perfected in such weakness, will bless the foundations of this your building. Only be you of valiant courage and faint not, as the Lord said unto Joshua ex horting him to proceed on forward in the conquest of the Land of Promise." While Hakluyt was busy with what Froude calls "the great prose epic of the modern English nation," Michael Dray ton, the poet, thus referred to the planta tion of Virginia by the Queen: Who sent her navies hence Unto the either Inde and to that shore so green, Virginia, which we call of her a Virgin Queen. Hakluyt, now a prebendary of West minster, was among those who petitioned King James for the Virginia Charter in 1606; as a member of the Virginia Com pany he followed closely the stirring events of the next decade and witnessed the realization of some of his hopes. He is buried in the Poets' Corner of West minster Abbey, and there is a tablet to his memory in Bristol Cathedral. Raleigh must be reckoned as an Eliza bethan, for his endeavors to settle "Vir ginia" took place before King James came to the throne. There are associa tions with Raleigh in many places in southern England, and above all in Devon. He was essentially a man of Devon and spoke with a Devonshire accent all his days.* He was born at Haves Barton farm house, thatched and three-gabled, near East Budleigh, ten miles from Exeter in the vale of the River Otter (Plate II): there he must often have talked with sailors back from the sea; Millais' famil Elizabeth as She Looked at the Age of 53 iar picture, "The Boyhood of Raleigh," This London monument, standing over the vestry door was painted in Budleigh Salterton rectory. of St. Dunstan-in-the-West, is one of the two statues of the Queen which are believed to have been made during her * See "Down Devon Lanes," by Herbert lifetime. St. Dunstan, mentioned as early as 1237, escaped Corey, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, May, the Great Fire of 1666 by a few yards. 1929.