| 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 SMITH'S EXPEDITION AND RETURN
UNTIL winter was come we had food in plenty, for one could
hardly send a charge of shot toward the river without bringing
down swans, ducks, or cranes, while from the savages we got
sufficient for our daily wants, meal made from the corn,
pumpkins, peas, and beans.
But this did not cause Captain Smith to give over trying to
buy from the Indians a store of corn for the winter, and
shortly after Captain Kendall's death, he set off with nine
white men and two Indian guides in
 a barge, counting to go
as far as the head of the Chickahominy River.
This time twenty-two long, dreary days went by without his
return, and we mourned him as dead, believing the savages
had murdered him.
The discontented ones were in high glee because of thinking
the man who had forced them to do that which they should,
had gone out from their world forever, and we two lads were
plunged in deepest grief, for in all the great land of Virginia,
Captain Smith was our only true friend.
Then arrived that day when he suddenly appeared before us,
having come to no harm, and as Master Hunt lifted up his
hands in a prayer of thanksgiving because the man who was
so sadly needed in Jamestown had returned, I fell on my knees,
understanding for the first time in my life how good God could
be to us in that wilderness.
I would that I might describe the scene in our house that
night, when Master Hunt was come to hear what all knew would
be a story of wildest adventure, for it went without saying
 master never would have remained so long absent from
Jamestown had it been within his power to return sooner.
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