'Beastly idleness', 1612

Powhatan, on this map of Virginia pictured holding court, was the father of Pocahontas. She married John Rolfe, an English lawyer, and, according to one of John Chamberlain's letters, was very reluctant to return home after seeing James's court. Chamberlain was often critical of the idleness and indiscipline of the colonists - 'the extreme beastly idleness of our nation which [notwithstanding any cost or diligence used to support them] will rather die and starve than be brought to any labour or industry to maintain themselves'.
Catalogue reference: MPG 1/284, no. 63 (1612)

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