| 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 |
I ATTEND MY MASTER
MASTER HUNT spoke up right manfully in behalf of Captain Smith,
with the result that I was given free entrance to that small room
which had been made his prison, save that I must at all times
leave the door
 open, so those who were in the great cabin could
hear if I was charged with any message to the seamen.
My eyes were filled with tears when my master told me that he
had no thought save that of benefiting those who were with him
in the adventure, and that he would not lend his countenance to
any wicked plot.
I begged him to understand that I knew right well he would do no
manner of wrong to any man, and asked the privilege of being with
him all the time, to serve him when he could not serve himself
because of the irons that fettered his legs.
And so it was that I had opportunity to do that which made my
master as true a friend as ever lad had, for in the later days
when we were come to Virginia and beset by savages more cruel
than wild beasts, he ventured his own life again and again to
save mine, which was so worthless as compared with his.
Only that I might tell how the voyage progressed, did I go on
deck, or have speech with Nathaniel Peacock, and only through
me did my master know when we were come to this island or that,
together with what was to be seen in such places.
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