| 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 |
THE LEADER NOT KNOWN
THERE could be no doubt but that Captain Kendall and Captain
Martin both believed that when the will of the London Company
was made known, it would be found they stood in high command;
but there was in my heart a great hope that my master might have
Yet when I put the matter to him in so many words, he
treated the matter lightly, saying it could hardly be, else they
had not dared to treat him thus shamefully.
However, it was soon to be known, if the commands of
 the London
Company were obeyed, for now we had come to this new land of
Virginia, and the time was near at hand when would be opened
the box containing the names of those who were to be officers
in the town we hoped soon to build.
As for myself, I was so excited it seemed impossible to remain
quiet many seconds in one place, and I fear that my duties,
which consisted only in waiting upon the prisoner, my master,
were sadly neglected because of the anxiety in my mind to know
who the merchants in London had named as rulers of the settlement
about to be made in the new world.
One would have believed from Captain Smith's manner that he had
no concern whatsoever as to the result of all this wickedness and
scheming, for it was neither more nor less than such, as I looked
at the matter, on the part of Captain Kendall and Captain Martin.
Here we were in sight of the new world, at a place where we were
to live all the remainder of our lives, and he a prisoner in
chains; but yet never a word of complaint came from his lips.
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