| 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 |
WE MAKE SAIL AGAIN
 IT seemed to me almost as if we spent an entire lifetime
within sight of the country we were minded to leave behind
us, and indeed six weeks, with no change of scene, and while
one is held to the narrow limits of a ship, is an exceeding
However, as I have heard Captain Smith say again and again,
everything comes to him who waits, and so also came that day
when the winds were favoring; when Captain Newport, the admiral
of our fleet, gave the word to make sail, and we sped softly away
from England's shores, little dreaming of that time of suffering,
of sickness, and of sadness which was before us.
To Nathaniel and me, who had never strayed far from London town,
and knew no more of the sea than might have been gained in a
boatman's wherry, the ocean was exceeding unkind, and for
eight and forty hours did we lie in that narrow bed, believing
death was very near at hand.
There is no reason why I should make any attempt at describing
the sickness which was upon us, for I have since heard that it
comes to all who go out on the sea for the first time. When we
recovered, it was suddenly, like as a flower lifts up its head
after a refreshing shower that has pelted it to the ground.
 I would I might set down here all which came to us during the
voyage, for it was filled with wondrous happenings; but because
I would tell of what we did in the land of Virginia, I must be
sparing of words now.
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