| 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 |
DISAGREEABLE MEASURES OF DISCIPLINE
LEST there should be any question as to whether my master
intended to carry out this threat or no, William Laxon, one
of the carpenters, was forthwith set to work building stocks
in front of the tent where lived Master Ratcliffe, the new
President of the Council. Nor was this the only change
disagreeable to our gentlemen, which Captain Smith brought
about. No sooner had Nicholas Skot proclaimed the order that
whosoever played at bowls should be set in the stocks, than he
was commanded to turn about and announce with all the strength
of his lungs, so that every one in the village might hear and
understand, that those who would not work should not have
whatsoever to eat.
 Verily this was a hard blow to the gentlemen of our company,
who prided themselves upon never having done with their hands
that which was useful.
One would have thought my master had
made this rule for his own particular pleasure, for straightway
those of the gentlemen who could least hold their tempers in
check, gathered in the tent which Master Wingfield had taken
for his own, and there agreed among themselves that if Captain
Smith persisted in such brutal rule, they would overturn all
the authority in the town, and end by setting the Captain
himself in the stocks which William Laxon was then making.
It so chanced that Master Hunt overheard these threats at
the time they were made, and, like a true friend and good
citizen, reported the same to Captain Smith.
Whereupon my master chose a certain number from among those
of the gentlemen who had become convinced that sharp measures
were necessary if we of Jamestown would live throughout the
winter, commanding that they make careful search of every tent,
cave, hut or house in the village, taking therefrom all
 that was
eatable, and storing it in the log house which had been put up
for the common use.
Then he appointed Kellam Throgmorton, a gentleman who was well
able to hold his own against any who might attempt to oppose
him, to the office of guardian of the food, giving strict
orders that nothing whatsoever which could be eaten, should
be given to those who did not present good proof of having
done a full day's labor.
Of course the people who lay sick were excused from such order,
and Master Hunt was chosen to make up a list of those who must
be fed, yet who were not able to work by reason of illness.
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