| 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 |
A TOUCH OF HOMESICKNESS
THERE is no need for me to say that it makes both Nathaniel
and me glad to be praised by our master, because we keep the
house cleanly and strive to serve the food in such a manner as
not to offend the eye; but we would willingly dispense with
such welcome words if thereby it would be possible to see a
woman messing around the place.
Strive as boys may, they cannot attend to household matters
as do girls or women, who have been brought
 into the world
knowing how to perform such tasks, and it is more homelike
to see them around.
Nathaniel and I often picture to each other what this village
of Jamestown would be if in each camp, cave, or log hut a
woman was in command, and ever when we talk thus comes into
my heart a sickness for the old homes of England, even though
after my mother died there was none for me; but yet it would
do me a world of good even to look upon a housewife.
friendly gentleman is Master Hunt, and even though he is so
far above me in station, I never fail of getting a kindly
greeting when I am so fortunate as to meet him. He comes often
to see Captain Smith, for the two talk long and earnestly over
the matter of the Council, and at such times it is as if he went
out of his way to give me a good word.
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