THE PLANS OF THE LONDON COMPANY
 THEN it was that Nathaniel declared he also would go on the
voyage to Virginia, whether it pleased Captain Smith or no,
and I, who should have set my face against his running away
from home, spoke no word to oppose him, because it would
please me to have him as comrade.
After this I went more than once to the house where Captain
Smith lodged, and learned very much concerning what it was
proposed to do toward building a town in the new world.
Both Nathaniel and I had believed it was the king who counted
to send all these people over-seas; but I learned from my new
master that a company of London merchants was in charge of
the enterprise, these merchants believing much profit might
come to them in the way of getting gold.
The whole business was to be under the control of Captain
Bartholomew Gosnold, who, it was said, had already made one
voyage to the new world, and had
 brought back word that it
was a goodly place in which to settle and to build up towns.
The one chosen to act as admiral of the fleet, for there were
to be three ships instead of one, as I had fancied, was Captain
Christopher Newport, a man who had no little fame as a seaman.
In due time, as the preparations for the voyage were being
forwarded, I was sent by my master into lodgings at Blackwall,
just below London town, for the fleet lay nearby, and because
it was understood by those in charge of the adventure that I
was in Captain Smith's service, no hindrance was made to my
going on board the vessels.