| Richard of Jamestown|
|by James Otis|
|Follow the fortunes of orphan Richard Mutton as he travels to the New World with Captain John Smith and takes up residence with him in the new colony of Jamestown. See the struggles they go through to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table while the majority of their fellow colonists shirk the work of establishing the colony for the pursuit of gold. Observe how their relationships with the native Americans change over time and how, when they are just on the point of abandoning the colony, a new contingent of colonists arrives to bring fresh hope to the Jamestown settlement. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
CAPTAIN SMITH ACCUSED
AND now was a most wicked deed done by those who claimed to be
in command of our company, for they declared that my master had
laid a plot with some of the men in each vessel of the fleet,
whereby the principal members of the company were to be murdered,
to the end that Captain Smith might set himself up as king after
we were come to the new world.
All this was untrue, as I knew full well, having aided him in
such work as a real clerk would have done, and had there been
a plot, I must have found some inkling of it in one of the many
papers I read aloud to him, or copied down on other sheets that
the work of the quill might be more pleasing to the eye.
Besides that, I had been with the captain a goodly portion of
the time while the ships were being made ready for the voyage,
and if he had harbored so much of wickedness, surely must some
word of it have come to
 me, who sat or stood near at hand,
listening attentively whenever he had speech with others of the
company of adventurers.
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