| 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 NEWPORT'S RETURN
WHEN Captain Newport came back to Virginia, at about the time
we were gathering our scanty harvest, his dreams of sudden
wealth, through the digging of gold in Virginia, had burst as
does a bubble when one pricks it.
He had not been more than four and twenty hours in England
before learning that his ship was laden only with valueless
sand, and, mayhap, if the London Company had not demanded that
he return to Virginia at once, with certain orders concerning
us at Jamestown, he might have been too much ashamed to show his
face among us again.
My master had come in long since from trading with the Indians,
having had fairly good success at times, and again failing
utterly to gather food. The king Powhatan
 was grown so lofty
in his bearing, because of the honor some of our foolish
people had shown him, that it was well nigh impossible to
pay the price he asked, even in trinkets, for so small an
amount as a single peck of corn.
However, that which Powhatan did or did not do, concerned me
very little when Captain Newport had arrived, for he brought
with him such tidings as made my heart rejoice, and caused
Master Hunt to say that now indeed would our village of
Jamestown grow as it should have grown had our leaders shown
themselves of half as much spirit as had my master.
But for the greater things which followed Captain Newport's
arrival in September of the year 1608, I would have set it
down as of the utmost importance to us in Jamestown, that he
brought with him the first two women, other than the girl
Pocahontas, who had ever come into our town.
These were Mistress Forest, and her maid, Anne Burras, and
if the king himself had so far done us the honor as to come,
his arrival would have caused no greater excitement.
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