(1580–c.1632), English colonist in Virginia (1607–12), became deputy governor upon the recall of John Smith (1607–10), and again during the absence of Gates (1611–12). His first administration was known as “the starving time,” when the 500 settlers dwindled to threescore, partly because of maladministration and dissension. His Discourse of the Plantation of the Southern Colony in Virginia, an account of his voyage and the early settlement, was published by Purchas (1613). A True Relation of the Proceedings … in Virginia …, defending his administration against the attack of a writer, presumably John Smith, was written in 1622, but was not printed in its entirety until 1922.
From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.