SANDYS, Edwin, Sir [1561-1629] -- English colonial organizer
Knighted by James I and employed by him "in several affairs of great importance", M.P. from Stockridge 1604-1611, together with Sir Francis Bacon held to be "two men of the greatest parts and knowledge in England";
Son of Archbishop Edwin Sandys. ¤
He was member of Parliament (1586 et seq) and sat in the first Parliament (1604) of James I, becoming prominent through his attacks on the monopolies. In 1613 he became the object of royal displeasure when he set forth the principle that there were constitutional limits to the power of both king and people. He was a member of the East India Company (1618 et seq) and served on its committee (1619-23, 1625-29). A member of the Virginia Company's council in 1607, he became joint manager (1617) and treasurer (1619-20) of the company, and organized government of colony (1619) despite opposition from the king. This resulted in his imprisonment (1621) as a suspected plotter to establish a Puritan state with republican government in America [!]. He nevertheless remained powerful in the councils of the company until its charter was revoked (1624) and Virginia became a crown colony. He was of aid to the Pilgrims in obtaining the charter for the Mayflower.
|Sat in 1st parliament of James I|
|A member of the Virginia Co. council|
|Espoused constitutional limitations on the crown|
|Virginia Co. joint manager|
|Member of the East India Co.|
|Organized the government of Virginia Colony|
|First representative legislative body assembled in America (Jamestown, VA)|
|Virginia Co. treasurer|
|First importation of black slaves to America|
|Imprisoned as suspected plotter to establish a Puritan state in America|
|Virginia Co. charter revoked; VA becomes a crown colony|
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- Philadelphia Online | Books | Chapter One Sir Edwin aids ancestors of George Washington, who were in serious difficulties. Sir Edwin' wife was Lawrence Washington's aunt.
- Virginia Biographical Encyclopedia (subscription required)
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- The Bermuda Company
- Sandys Parish in Bermuda A parish (county) in Bermuda is named for Sir Edwin
- The Virginia Colony
- Account of a Declaration: Introduction Sir Edwin's reforms save the Virginia Colony
- The Avalon Project : The Second Charter of Virginia; May 23, 1609 The full text
- USA: Virginia charter 3 The full text
- Virtual Jamestown Sir Edwin "was responsible for diverting charity funds for the intended development of an Indian college [to] schemes to benefit the Jamestown community"
- Chronology On The History Of Slavery, 1619-1789 Sir Edwin imports the first black slaves to America!
- Evangelism and Enslavement Sir Edwin further implicated: "Among those 'tenants' brought over to Virginia by Sandys were twenty 'negars,' the first blacks to be brought into the Virginia colonies."
- Thomas Jefferson Papers Series 8. Virginia Records. Further implication of Sir Edwin
- ENGLISH COLONIZATION An excellent overview of the English colonial experience. See II.C.4 for our subject. (archive)
- Willeford/Williford/Wilsford/Wilford A discourse on the family of Sir Edwin's mother, contains a lengthy section discussing his life.