Captain John Smith (–) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, sailor, and author. He is remembered for his role in. Smith as Unreliable Narrator in The General History of Virginia While John Smith did many things for the. In chapter 1, book 3 of The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, published in , Captain John Smith describes.
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And now, where some, affirmed it was ill done of the Council to send forth men so badly provided, this incontradictable reason will show them plainly they are too ill advised to nourish such ill conceits. For the coronation of Powhatan: But the axes so oft blistered their tender fingers that many times every third blow had a loud oath to drown the echo.
This rumor went faster up the river than our barge, that arrived at Warraskoyack the 20th of July, where trimming her with painted streamers and such devices as gennerall could we made them at Jamestown jealous of [suspicious of being] a Spanish frigate, jkhn we all, God be thanked, safely arrived the 21st of July.
To This Present To these particulars I humbly entreat your pardons if I offend you with my rude answer.
Repairing our sail with our shirts, we set sail for the main and fell with a pretty convenient river on the east called Kuskarawaok [Nanticoke]. I received your letter wherein you write that our minds are so set upon faction and idle conceits in dividing the country without your consents and that we feed you but with ifs and ands, hopes, and some few proofs, as if we would keep the mystery of the business to ourselves. We watered at the Canaries, we traded with the Salvages at Dominica; three weekes we spent in refreshing our selues amongst these west-India Isles; in Histlrie we found a bath so hot, as in it we hisrorie Porck as well as over the fire.
But because all the world doe see a defailement; this geenrall Treatise shall giue satisfaction to all indifferent Readers, how the businesse hath histoorie carried: These funds will continue to support our work of hisstorie free access to authoritative content about Virginia’s history and culture.
Being thus refreshed, in crossing over from the main to other isles we discovered, the wind and waters so much increased with thunder, lightning, and rain that our mast and sail blew overboard and such mighty waves overracked us in that small barge that with great labor we kept her from sinking by freeing [bailing] out the water.
Those are the saint-seeming worthies of Virginia that virginis notwithstanding all this meat, drink, and wages: Soon, the term Virginia came to refer only to that part of North America covered by the London Company’s original charters.
But the grazing of our bullets upon the water many being shot on purpose they virgginia see them with the echo of the woods so amazed them as down went their bows and arrows; and exchanging hostages, James Watkins was sent six miles up the woods to hietorie king’s habitation.
From May to September those that escaped lived upon sturgeon and sea crabs. Regain, therefore, your old spirits, for return I will not if God please till I have seen jon Massawomekes [and] found Potomac or the head of this water you conceit to be endless. His country is a pleasant fertile clay soil, some small creeks, good harbors for small barks but not for ships.
The first people we saw were two grim and stout savages upon Cape Charles, with long poles like javelins, headed with bone. At last on the western shore we saw large cornfields; in the midst [of the river] a little isle, and in it was an abundance of corn.
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With so much as we could carry we returned to our boat, kindly requiting this kind king and all his kind people. The third charter, ofextended its territory far enough across the Atlantic to include the Somers Isles Bermudawhich the Virginia Company had been in unofficial possession of since the wreck of the Sea Venture. What could be thought fitting or necessary we had; but what we should find or want or where we should be we were all ignorant; and supposing to make our passage in two months with victual to live and the advantage of the spring to work, we were at sea five months, where we both spent our victual and lost the opportunity of the time and season smoth plant by the unskillful amith of our ignorant transporters that understood not at all what they undertook.
Amongst the rest he had chosen Gabriel Beadle and John Russell, the only two gallants of this last Supply, and both proper gentlemen. Thirty leagues we sailed more northwards not finding any inhabitants, leaving all the eastern shore, low islands but overgrown with wood, as all the coast beyond them so far as we could see.
Some small cod also we did see swim close by the shore by Smith’s Isles, and some as high as Rickard’s Cliffs.
In their absence I followed the new begun works of pitch and tar, glass, soap-ashes, and clapboard; whereof some small quantities we have sent you. Six weekes being spent in this manner, Captaine Newport who smkth hired onely for.
But seeing there was nothing in them but villainy, we discharged a volley of muskets charged with pistol shot; whereat they all lay tumbling on the ground, creeping some one way, some another into vieginia great cluster of reeds hard by, where their companies lay in ambuscado.
The highest land on the main, yet it was but low, we called Keale’s Hill, and these uninhabited isles, Russell’s Isles. Seven or eight miles we sailed up this narrow river. And hard by it runneth a fair brook of crystal-like water where they wash away the dross and keep the remainder, which they put in little bags and sell it all over the country to paint their bodies, faces, or idols, which makes them look like blackamoors dusted over with silver.
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You cannot say but I have shared with you in the worst which is past; and for what is to come of lodging, diet, or whatsoever I am contented you allot the worst part to myself. The Salvages often visited vs kindly. And whether the Bay were endless or how far it extended. Though there be fish in the sea, fowls in the air, and beasts in the woods, their bounds are so large, they so wild, and we so weak and ignorant we cannot much trouble them.
Far we went not ere seven or bistorie canoes full of men armed appeared following us, staying to see the conclusion. To express all our quarrels, treacheries, and encounters amongst those savages I should be too tedious.
Retrieved from ” https: M r Edward Maria Wingfield. I have not concealed from you uohn I know, but I fear some cause you to believe much more than is true.
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
Though I be no scholar I am past a schoolboy, and I desire but to know what either you and these here do know but that I have learned to tell you by the continual hazard of my life.
And I humbly entreat you hereafter let us know what we should receive and not stand to the sailors’ courtesy to leave us what they please, else you may charge us with what you will but we not you with anything.
And in regard of the weakness of the company and heat of the year, they being unable to work, he left them to live at ease to recover their health, but embarked himself to finish his discovery.
But seeing their multitudes, and suspecting, gensrall it was, that both the Nansemonds and the Chesapeakes were together, we thought it best to ride by their canoes a while to bethink if it were better to burn all in the isle or draw them to composition [peace] till we were provided to take all they had, which was sufficient to dmith all our colony.
We passed many shallow creeks but the first we found navigable for a ship we called Bolus [Patapsco], for that the clay in generaall places under the cliffs by the high water mark did grow up in red and white knots as gum out of trees; and in some places so participated together as though they smitu all of one nature, excepting the color; the rest of the earth on both sides being hard sandy gravel, which made us think it bole-armeniac and terra sigillata.
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