| 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 |
ARRIVAL AT CHESAPEAKE BAY
WHEN the day had fully dawned, and the fleet stood in toward
the noble bay, between two capes, which
 were afterward named
Cape Henry and Cape Comfort, Captain Smith directed me to go
on deck, in order to keep him informed of what might be happening.
He told me there was no question in his mind but that we were
come to the mouth of Chesapeake Bay, where it had been agreed
with the London merchants we were to go on shore.
Standing at the head of the companionway, but not venturing out
on deck lest I should be sent to some other part of the ship,
and thus be unable to give my master the information which he
desired, I looked out upon what seemed to me the most goodly
land that could be found in all the wide world.
Trees there were of size fit for masts to the king's ships;
flowers bordered the shore until there were seemingly great
waves of this color, or of that, as far as eye could reach,
and set within this dazzling array of green and gold, and of
 yellow, was a great sea, which Captain Smith said was
called the Chesapeake Bay.
We entered for some distance, mayhap three or four miles,
before coming to anchor, and then Master Wingfield, Captain
Gosnold, and Captain Newport went on shore with a party of
thirty, made up of seamen and gentlemen, and my master, who
had not so much as stretched his legs since we sailed from
Martinique, was left in his narrow cabin with none but me to
care for him!
I had thought they would open the box containing the instructions
from London, before doing anything else; but Captain Smith was
of the mind that such business could wait until they had explored
sufficiently to find a place where the new town might be built.
It was a long, weary, anxious day for me. The party had left the
ship in the morning, remaining absent until nightfall, and at
least four or five times every hour did I run up from the cabin
to gaze shoreward in the hope of seeing them return, for I was
most eager to have the business pushed forward, and to know
whether my master's enemies were given, by the London Company,
permission to do whatsoever they pleased.
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