| 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 FORCED TO REMAIN ABOARD
IF Master Hunt and Master Wingfield had been able to bring
the others around to their way of thinking, Captain Smith
would have taken his rightful place in the Council without
delay. Instead of which, however, he remained on board the
ship idle, when there was much that he could have done better
than any other, from the day on which we came in sight of
Virginia, which was the twenty-sixth day of April, until the
fifteenth day of June.
During all this time, those of the Council who were his
enemies claimed that they could prove he had laid plans
to murder all the chief men, and take his place as king;
but yet they did not do so, and my master refused to hold
any parley with them, except that he
 claimed he was innocent of all wrong in thought or in act.
When the others of the fleet set off to spy out the land, my
master remained aboard the ship, still being a prisoner,
except so far that he wore no fetters, and I would not have
left him save he had commanded me sharply, for at that time,
so sore was his heart, that even a lad like me could now and
then say some word which might have in it somewhat of cheer.
During this time that Captain Smith was with the company and
yet not numbered as one of them, the other gentlemen explored
the country, and more than once was Nathaniel Peacock allowed
to accompany them, therefore did I hear much which otherwise
would not have been told me.
And what happened during these two months when the gentlemen
were much the same as quarreling among themselves, I shall
set down in as few words as possible, to the end that I may
the sooner come to that story of our life in the new village,
which some called James Fort, and others James Town, after
King James of England.
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