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LEFT ALONE IN THE WORLD
THE reason of my being in this country of Virginia at so
young an age, is directly concerned with that brave soldier
and wondrous adventurer, Captain John Smith, of whom I make
no doubt the people in this new world, when the land has been
covered with towns and villages, will come to know right well,
for of a truth he is a wonderful man.
In the sixth month of
Grace, 1606, I Was living as best I might in that great city
of London, which is as much a wilderness of houses, as this
country is a wilderness of trees.
My father was a soldier of
fortune, which means that he stood ready to do battle in
behalf of whatsoever nation he believed was in the right,
or, perhaps, on the
 side of those people who would pay him
the most money for risking his life.
He had fought with the Dutch soldiers under command of one
Captain Miles Standish, an Englishman of renown among men of
arms, and had been killed.
My mother died less than a week
before the news was brought that my father had been shot to
death. Not then fully understanding how great a disaster it
is to a young lad when he loses father or mother, and how
yet more sad is his lot when he has lost both parents, I
made shift to live as best I might with a sore heart; but
yet not so sore as if I had known the full extent of the
misfortune which had overtaken me.