Take a closer look at the back of Dare Stone 1. To view the front, go here.
Purportedly found by Louis E. Hammond in 1937.
FATHER SOON AFTER YOV
GOE FOR ENGLANDE WEE CAM
HITHER ONLIE MISARIE & WARRE
TOW YEERE ABOVE HALF DEADE ERE TOW
YEERE MORE FROM SICKENES BEINE FOVRE & TWENTIE
SALVAGE WITH MESSAGE OF SHIPP VNTO US SMAL
SPACE OF TIME THEY AFFRITE OF REVENGE RANN
AL AWAYE WEE BLEEVE YT NOTT YOV SOONE AFTER
YE SALVAGES FAINE SPIRITS ANGRIE SVDDIANE
MURTHER AL SAVE SEAVEN MINE CHILDE
ANANIAS TO SLAIN WITH MUCH MISARIE
BVRIE AL NEERE FOVRE MYLES EASTE THIS RIVER
VPPON SMAL HIP NAMES WRIT AL THER
ON ROCKE PVTT THIS THERE ALSOE SALVAGE
WHEW THIS VETO YOV & HITHER WEE
PROMISE YOV TO GIVE GREATE
by Kevin A Quarmby PhD
Assistant Professor of English
Oxford College of Emory University
Father, soon after you left for England, we came here.
Only misery and war for two years. Above half of us are dead. Before two years were over, more had died from sickness, being twenty-four. A savage, with message of the arrival of a ship, came to us. In a short space of time, the other savages, fearful that you had returned to revenge our deaths, all ran away. We now believe the ship was not yours. Soon afterwards, the savages returned, saying that the “spirits” were angry. Suddenly, they murdered all but seven of us. My own child, and Ananias, were both slain. With much misery, we buried all nearby, four miles east of this river, upon a small hill. The names of the dead are all written there on a rock. Put this stone there also. If a savage shows this message to you, we promised that you will give him a great many presents in return. EWD.