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It unfolded visions of lost innocence and innocence regained, past perfection and future promise. That writer, the author of this not untypical piece of nostalgic utopianism, was one Edward Williams (fl. 1650). He was writing in 1650, in one of the pamphlets (“Virginia, more especially the South Part thereof Richly and Truly Valued”) supporting the colonizing enterprises of the London Company in what was then known as Virginia. And it is in the literature dealing with the English colonization of this area that the sheer abundance of the New World, its fertility and the opportunity it offered for the recovery of a mythical good life, is most energetically and unambiguously expressed.
That was intimated or insisted on time and again, in pamphlets like the ones from which the two comments just quoted are taken, “A True Discourse of the Present Estate of Virginia” (1615) by Ralph Hamor and “Good Newes from Virginia” by Alexander Whitaker. What the New World was seen or believed to promise was the newest and yet the oldest of societies, the recovery of an ancient sense of community and sociability: If any fall sick and cannot compass to follow his crop which if not followed, will soon be lost, the adjoining neighbour will … join together and work on it by spells … and that gratis.
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