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The First Charter of Virginia: Seedbed for the Nation

We gather this evening just one-half mile from historic Jamestown Island, Virginia, to celebrate the 375th anniversary year of Henricus Colledge (1619), Inc.

While it was not until July 31, 1619, that the Colledge was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly, it is most fitting to commemorate its birth on April 9, 1994. For tomorrow, April 10, is the 388th anniversary day of the First Charter authorizing the founding of the colony of Virginia.

Without the founding of the colony, there would obviously have been no college. But the connection between the two is far closer than that. Both were founded with the single purpose of winning the native peoples of Virginia to Christ.