| 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 |
WHEN we came ashore from the ships, no one claimed Nathaniel
as servant, and he, burning to be in my company, asked Captain
Smith's permission to enter his employ. My master replied
that it had not been in his mind there should be servants
and lords in this new world of Virginia, where one was
supposed to be on the same footing as another; but if
Nathaniel were minded to live under the same roof with
us, and would cheerfully perform his full share of the
labor, it might be as he desired.
Because our house was the first to be put up in the new
village, and, being made of logs, was by far the best
shelter, even in comparison with the tents of cloth,
Nathaniel and I decided that it should be the most homelike,
if indeed that could be compassed where were no women to
keep things cleanly.
I am in doubt as to whether Captain Smith, great
 traveler and brave adventurer though he was,
had even realized that with only men to perform the household
duties, there would be much lack of comfort.
The floor of the house was only the bare earth beaten down
hard. We lads made brooms, by tying the twigs of trees to a
stick, which was not what might be called a good makeshift,
and yet with such we kept the inside of our home far more
cleanly than were some of the tents.
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