| 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 SMITH A MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL
IT was when Master Hunt ceased reading that I believed my
master would be set free without delay, for of a verity he
had the same right to take part in the deliberations as any
other, since it was the will of the London Company that he
should be one of the leaders; but much to my surprise nothing
of the kind was done.
Captain Kendall, seeing the door of my master's room
 slightly open, arose from the table and closed
it, as if he were about to say something which should not be
heard by Captain Smith.
I would have opened the door again, but that my master bade
me leave it closed, and when an hour or more had passed, Master
Hunt came in to us, stating that it had not yet been decided
by the other members of the Council whether Captain Smith
should be allowed to take part in the affairs, as the London
Company had decided, or whether he should be sent home for
judgment when the fleet returned. But meanwhile he was to have
Then it was that Master Hunt, talking like the true man
he ever showed himself to be, advised Captain Smith to do
in all things, so far as the other members of the Council
permitted, as if nothing had gone awry, claiming that before
we had been many days in this land, those who had brought
charges against him would fail of making them good.
Had I been the one thus so grievously injured, the whole
company might have shipwrecked themselves before I would
have raised a hand, all of which goes to show that I had
not learned to rule my temper.
Captain Smith, however, agreed with all Master Hunt said,
and then it was that I was sent forward once more. My master
went on deck for the first time since we had left Martinique,
walking to and fro
 swiftly, as if it pleased him to have
command of his legs once more.
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