| 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 |
SIGNS OF REBELLION
NOW it can well be understood that such measures as these
caused no little in the way of rebellion, and during the two
hours Nicholas Skot cried the proclamation through the streets
and lanes of the village, the gentlemen who had
 determined to
resist Captain Smith were in a fine state of ferment.
It was as if a company of crazy men had been suddenly let
loose among us. Not content with plotting secretly against
my master, they must needs swagger about, advising others
to join them in their rebellion, and everywhere could be
heard oaths and threats, in such language as was like to
cause honest men's hair to stand on end.
For a short time Nathaniel Peacock and I actually trembled
with fear, believing the house of logs would be pulled down
over our heads, for no less than a dozen of the so called
gentlemen were raging and storming outside; but disturbing
Captain Smith not one whit. He sat there, furbishing his
matchlock as if having nothing better with which to occupy
the time; but, as can well be fancied, drinking in every word
of mutiny which was uttered.
Then, as if he would saunter out for a stroll, the captain
left the house, which was much the same as inviting these
 ones to attack him; but they lacked the courage,
for he went to the fort without being molested.
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