The True Story of Captain John Smith

The True Story of Captain John Smith

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ...many of their lives that else for all this had starved with hunger." For fate had other vicissitudes in store for our Jamestown colonists. Newport, on his part, had not only to hear but to tell the news relating to the time of his absence. His arrival in England was fairly speedy, and his reports to king and council were supported by personal assurances of the great need of swift succor lest the infant settlement should be wiped out by starvation or the savages. Meanwhile, tidings of his return had been conveyed to the ambassador Zuniga, who as we learn from the inestimably valuable corre-. spondence in Brown's Genesis, made immediate report to his master and also requested an audience of King James, purposing to protest against this invasion of territory which he claimed for the crown of Spain. It is interesting and amusing to read how James, who was at his best when lying diplomatically, put him off on one plea or another while the preparations were pushing forward for Newport's return. The death of his infant daughter, the Princess Mary, occurring at this time, afforded an authentic excuse, but we may fairly doubt whether the king's sickness which was next put forward were more than a pretense. However that may be, two ships were made ready and laden with supplies which Smith terms ample. "Two good ships they sent us," he or rather Anas Todkill says in the General History, "with near a hundred men, well furnished with all things could be imagined necessary both for them and us; the one commanded by Captain Newport, the other by Captain Francis Nelson, an honest man and an expert mariner. But such was the leewardness of his ship (the Phcentx), that though he was in sight of Cape Henry, by stormy contrary winds was he forced...show more

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  • Paperback | 92 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236564324
  • 9781236564320