THE NEW COUNTRY SIGHTED
AS Master George Percy has set down in the writings which I
have copied for him since we came to Virginia, it was on the
twenty-sixth day of April, in the year of our Lord 1607, at
about four o'clock in the morning, when we were come within
sight of that land where were to be built homes, not only for
our company of one hundred and five, counting the boys, but
for all who should come after us.
 It was while the ship lay off the land, her decks crowded with
our company who fain would get the first clear view of that
country in which they were to live, if the savages permitted,
that I asked my master who among the gentlemen of the cabin was
the leader in this adventure.
To my surprise, he told me that it was not yet known. The London
Company had made an election of those among the gentlemen who
should form the new government, and had written down the names,
together with instructions as to what should be done; but this
writing was enclosed in a box which was not to be opened until
we had come to the end of our voyage.