| 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 PEOPLE LAND FROM THE SHIPS
THEN it was that all the people went on shore, some to set
up the tents of cloth which we had brought with us to serve
as shelters before houses could be built; others to lay out
a fort, which it was needed should be made as early as
possible because of the savages, and yet a certain other
number being told off to stand guard against the brown men,
who had already shown that they could be most dangerous
My master went ashore, as a matter of course, with the
others, I sticking close to his side; but neither of us
taking any part in the work which had been begun, because
the charges of wickedness were still hanging over his head.
 Had Captain Smith been allowed a voice in the Council,
certain it is he never would have chosen this place in
which to make the town, for he pointed out to me that
the land lay so low that when the river was at its height
the dampness must be great, and, therefore, exceeding
unhealthful, while there was back of it such an extent
of forest, as made it most difficult to defend, in case
the savages came against us.
Captain Smith aided me in building for ourselves a hut in
front of an overhanging rock, with the branches of trees.
It was a poor shelter at the best; but he declared it would
serve us until such time as he was
 given his rightful place
among the people, or had been sent back a prisoner to England.
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