See also:British statesman and one of the founders tof the colony of Virginia, was the second son of Edwin Sandys, archbishop of
See also:York, and his wife Cecily Wilford . He was
See also:born in
See also:Worcestershire on the 9th of
See also:December 1561 . He was educated at
See also:Merchant Taylors' school, which he entered in 1571, and at Corpus Christi
See also:Oxford, where he was sent in 1577 . He became B.A. in 1579 and B.C.L. in 1588 . In 1582 his
See also:father gave him the prebend of Witwang in York Minster, but he never took orders . He was entered in the
See also:Temple in 1589 . At Oxford his tutor had been
See also:Hooker, author of the Ecclesiastical Polity, whose
See also:life-long friend and executor he was . Sandys is said to have had a large
See also:share in securing the Mastership of the Temple for Hooker . From 1593 till 1599 he travelled abroad . When in Venice he became closely connected with Fra Paolo
See also:Sarpi, who helped him in the composition of the
See also:treatise on the religious state of
See also:Europe, known as the Europae
See also:speculum . In 16o5 this treatise was printed from a stolen copy under the title; A Relation of the State of Religion in Europe . Sandys procured the suppression of this edition, but the
See also:book was reprinted at the
See also:Hague in 1629 .
In 1599 he resigned his prebend, and entered active
See also:political life . He had already been member for
See also:Andover in 1586 and for Plympton in 1589 . After 1599, in view of the approaching
See also:death of
See also:Elizabeth, he paid his
See also:court to
See also:James VI., and on James's accession to the
See also:throne of England in 1603 Sandys was knighted . He sat in the king's first parliament as member for
See also:Stockbridge, and distinguished himself as one of the assailants of the
See also:great monopolies . He endeavoured to secure to all prisoners the right of employing counsel, a proposal which was resisted by some lawyers as subversive of the administration of the
See also:law . He had been connected with the East India
See also:Company before 1614, and took an active
See also:part in its affairs till 1629 . His most memorable services were, however, rendered to the (
See also:London) Virginia Company, to which he became treasurer in 1619 . He promoted and supported the policy which enabled the colony to survive the disasters of its early days, and, he continued to be a leading influence in the Company till his death .
See also:Sir Edwin Sandys sat in the later parliaments of James I. as member for
See also:Sandwich in 1621, and for Kent in 1624 . Hib tendencies were towards opposition, and he was suspected of hostility to the court; but he disarmed the anger of the king by professions of obedience . He was member for
See also:Penrhyn in the first parliament of
See also:Charles I. in 1625 . He died in
See also:October 1629 .
See Alex .
See also:Genesis of the
See also:United States (London; 1890) .
GEORGE SANDYS (1578-1644)
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