| 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 |
OUR COURAGE GIVES OUT
BUT our time of rejoicing was short. Although these two ships
were brought by Sir Thomas Gates and Sir George Somers, having
in them not less than one hundred and fifty men, they did not
have among them food sufficient to provide for the wants of our
company until another harvest should come.
The vessel in which these new comers had sailed was, as I have
said, wrecked in a hurricane near the Bermuda Isles, where,
after much labor, they had contrived to build these two small
It needed not that we, who of all our people in Jamestown
remained alive, should tell the story of what we had suffered,
for that could be read on our faces.
Neither was it required that these new comers should study
long in order to decide upon the course to be pursued, for
the answer to all their speculations could be found in the
empty storehouse, and in the numberless graves 'twixt there
and the river bank.
 Of provisions, they had so much as might serve for a voyage
to England, if peradventure the winds were favorable; and ere
the ships had been at anchor four and twenty hours, it was
resolved that we should abandon this town of James, which we
had hoped might one day grow into a city fair to look upon.
An attempt to build up a nation in this new land of Virginia,
of which ours was the third, had cost of money and of blood
more than man could well set down, and now, after all this
brave effort on the part of such men as Captain Smith, Master
Hunt and Master Percy, it was to go for naught.
Once more were the savages to hold undisputed possession of the
land which they claimed as their own.
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