| 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 |
DREAMS OF THE FUTURE
ON hearing this, the question came into my mind as to whether
Nathaniel and I could be called apprentices, inasmuch as we were
only house-boys, according to the name Captain Smith gave us.
Master Hunt declared that being apprentices to care for the
family, was of as much service as if we were learned in the
trade of making tar, clapboards, or of building ships, and he
assured me that if peradventure he was living when we had been
in this land of Virginia seven years, it should be his duty to
see to it that we were given our fifty acres of land apiece.
 Thus understanding that we might ourselves in turn one day
become planters, Nathaniel and I had much to say, one with
the other, concerning what should be done in the future. We
decided that when the time came for us to have the land set
off to our own use, we would strive that the two lots of fifty
acres each be in one piece. Then would we set about raising
tobacco, as the Indian girl Pocahontas taught us, and who can
say that we might not come to be of some consequence, even as
are Captain Smith and Master Hunt, in this new world.
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