CAPTAIN KENDALL'S PLOT
IT is not possible my memory will serve me to tell of all
that was done by us in Jamestown after we were come to our
senses through the efforts of my master; but the killing of
Captain Kendall is one of the many terrible happenings in
Virginia, which will never be forgotten so long as I shall
After our people were relieved from the famine through the
gifts from the Indians and the coming of wild fowl, Captain
Smith set about making some plans to provide us with food
during the winter, and to that end he set off in the shallop
to trade with the savages, taking with him six men. He had a
goodly store of beads and trinkets with which to make payment
for what he might be able to buy, for these brown men are overly
fond of what among English people would be little more than toys.
While he was gone, Master Wingfield and Captain
 Kendall were
much together, for both were in a certain way under disgrace
since the plot with which they charged my master had been shown
to have been of their own evil imaginings. They at once set about
making friends with some of the serving men, and this in itself
was so strange that Nathaniel and I kept our eyes and ears open
wide to discover the cause.
It was not many days before we came to know that there was a
plan on foot, laid by these two men who should have been
working for the good of the colony instead of to further their
own base ends, to seize upon our pinnace, which lay moored to
the shore, and to sail in her to England.
How that would have advantaged them I cannot even so much as
guess; but certain it was that they carried on board the
pinnace a great store of wild fowl, which had been cooked
with much labor, and had filled two casks with water, as if
believing such amount would serve to save them from thirst
during the long voyage.
These wicked ones had hardly gone on board the vessel when
Captain Smith came home in the shallop, which was loaded deep
with Indian corn he had bought from the savages, and, seeing
the pinnace being got under way, had little trouble in
guessing what was afoot.