| 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 RETURN
IT was at the beginning of the new year, two days after my
master was set free by the savages, that
 Captain Newport came
back to us, this time in the ship John and Francis, and with
him were fifty men who had been sent to join our colony.
Fortunately for us there were but few gentlemen among them,
therefore did the work of building the village go on much more
rapidly, because there were laborers in plenty.
A larger building, which was called the fort, and would indeed
have been a safe place for refuge had the savages made an
attack, was but just completed at the beginning of the third
month, meaning March.
There Captain Smith had stored the supply of provisions and
seed brought in the John and Francis, and we were already
saying to ourselves that by the close of the summer we should
reap a bountiful harvest.
All these plans and hopes went for naught, however, for on a
certain night—and no man can say how it happened, save
him who was the careless one—fire fastened upon the inside
of the fort, having so much headway when it was discovered,
that our people could do little toward checking it.
The flames burst out through the roof, which was thatched
with dried grass, as were all the houses in the town, and
leaped from one building to another until it seemed as if
the entire village would be destroyed.
It is true that even the palisade, which was near to forty
feet distant from the fort, was seized upon by the
 flames, and a goodly portion of that which had cost us
so much labor was entirely destroyed.
Out of all our houses only four remained standing when the
flames had died away. The seed which we had counted on for
reaping a harvest, the store of provisions, and a large amount
of clothing and other necessaries, were thus consumed.
Good Master Hunt lost all his books, in fact, everything he
owned save the clothes upon his back, and yet never once did
I, who was with him very much, for he came to live at our
house while the village was being rebuilt, hear him utter
one word of complaint, or of sorrow.
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