| 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 |
THE CONDITION OF THE COLONY
THAT he might have something to carry back to England, and
not being minded to take on board a load of sand, Captain
Nelson asked that the Phoenix be laden with cedar logs and
such clapboards as our people had made. Therefore was it that
we sent to England the first cargo of value since having come
Among those who had come over in the Phoenix were workmen who
understood the making of turpentine,
 tar and soap ashes. There
was also a pipe maker, a gunsmith, and a number of other skilled
workmen, so that had the Council advanced the interest of the
colony one half as much as my master was doing, all would have
gone well with us in Jamestown.
As it was, however, the President of the Council, so Master
Hunt has declared many times, and of a verity he would not bear
false witness, often countenanced the men in rebellion against
my master's orders, until, but for the preacher's example, we
might never have put into the earth our first seed.
Because of lack of food, and it seems strange to say so when
there were of oysters near at hand more than a thousand men
could have eaten, and fish in the rivers without number, Captain
Smith set off once more in the pinnace to trade with the Indians,
as well as to explore further the bay and the river.
Master Hunt lived in our house, while he was gone, therefore
Nathaniel and I were not idle, and though we had each had a
dozen pair of hands, we could have kept them properly employed,
what with making a garden for our own use, tending the plants,
and keeping house.
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