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Richard of Jamestown by  James Otis


 

 

CAPTAIN SMITH PROVEN INNOCENT

THIS served us as a living place for many days, or until my master was come into his own, as he did before the fort was finished, when, on one certain morning, he demanded of the other members of the Council that they put him on trial to learn whether the charges could be proven or not, and this was done on the day before Captain Newport was to take the ships back to England.

There is little need for me to say that Captain Kendall's stories of the plot, in which he said my master was concerned, came to naught. There were none to prove that he had ever spoken of such a matter, and the result of the trial was that they gave him his rightful place at the head of the company.

Before many months were passed, all came to know that but for him the white people in Jamestown would have come to their deaths.


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