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The two butterflies shown either side of the number 1642 are left, the female, the Wall and right, the female, Meadow Brown.

Hatfield House until the death of Elizabeth I was a royal household and used by her father, Henry VIII as a residence for his children. However, Elizabeth died four years ago and now her successor James dislikes it and has persuaded the Cecil family to accept a swap – their palatial home at Theobalds in Hertfordshire for his at Hatfield. Who says no to a King? Not Robert Cecil, Earl of Salisbury, the small and sickly man with a crooked back who is James’ Chief minister of the Crown and dominates English politics. He is also, as an important member and promoter of the London Virginia Company, doubly concerned in being the first in England to learn of any positive news from Jamestown to discuss with the King.

Jamestown: June 21st. The third Sunday after Trinity. The first recorded Anglican Communion in Virginia takes place followed in the evening by a farewell supper attended by Newport prior to his departure back to England to obtain fresh supplies

Next day Newport takes two of the 3 colonists’ ships and sets sail for home. He arrives in Plymouth on 29th July and immediately despatches a favourable report on the conditions and prospects in Virginia to Robert Cecil. Newport’s dispatch includes letters from the colonists such as one from gentleman William Brewster (now in Cecil’s Hatfield Library) enthusing about the new colony. Newport also gives details on events up to departure time, mentioning the release from confinement of Smith and his admission to his seat on the Council. Also, since the Indian attack on 26th May the proper fort has been built. It’s a triangular structure with artillery bulwarks on each corner and this is recorded, along with the fact that the wheat that the settlers planted has come up and is growing nicely.

The messenger is shown here galloping across Dartmoor at the start of his journey. It will take days to reach his destination over 240 miles away and he will need changes of horse en route from the networks of inns that, by law, have to provide fresh mounts for special messengers.

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POPPY Papaver Rhoeas.  Most men being led rather by false experiments than reason commend the floures against the Pleurisie. Gerard.

CORNFLOWER (BLUE BOTTLE) Centaurea cyanus.   Taken against plague, poison, wounds, fevers, inflammations. ‘…sowen in gardens, which by cunning looking into doth often times become of other colours. And some double’.  Gerard

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