| 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 NEWPORT'S INSTRUCTIONS
HE was ordered, if you please, not to return to England without
bringing back a lump of gold, exploring the passageway to the
South Sea, or finding some of Sir Walter Raleigh's lost colony,
of which I will tell you later.
But whether he did the one or the other, he had been commanded
to crown as a king, Powhatan, and had brought with him mock
jewels and red robes for such a purpose.
To find a lump of gold, after he had brought to England a
shipload of yellow sand!
To crown Powhatan king, when, to our sorrow, he was already
showing himself far more of a king than was pleasing or well
for our town of James!
Forgetting I was but a lad, and had no right to put blame on
the shoulders of my leaders and betters, or even to address
Master Hunt as if I were a man grown, I cried out against the
foolishness of those people in London for whom we were striving
to build up a city, saying very much that had better been left
unsaid, until the good preacher cried with a laugh:
"We can forgive them almost anything, Dicky
 Mutton, since they have made our Captain Smith the head
of the government in this land of Virginia."
And now I will tell you, as Master Hunt told me, the story of
this lost colony of Roanoke, which the London Company had
commanded Captain Newport to find.
You must know that English people had lived in this land of
Virginia before we came here in 1606, and while it does not
concern us of Jamestown, except as we are interested in knowing
the fate of our countrymen, it should be set down, lest we so
far forget as to say that those of us who have built this
village are the first settlers in the land.
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