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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Matters of moment were to be examined by a Iury, but determined by the maior part of the Councell, in which the President had two voyces.

With divers others to the number of But hisforie torment was instantly so extreme that in four hours had so swollen his hand, arm, and shoulder we all with much sorrow concluded [anticipated] his funeral and prepared his grave in an island by, as himself directed.

Two children being dead, some extreme passions or dreaming visions, smoth, or affection moved their parents again to revisit their dead carcasses, whose benumbed bodies reflected to the eyes of the beholders such delightful countenances, as though they had regained their vital spirits. Expressly to follow your directions by Captain Newport, though they be performed I was directly against it; but according to our commission, I was content to be overruled by the major part of the Council.

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. But in brief, at all times we so encountered them and curbed their insolencies that they concluded with presents to purchase peace; yet we lost not a man.

Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles ()

Also the maps and descriptions of all those countryes, their commodities, people, government, customes, and religion yet knowne. Colonial Virginia books British books. But our President would never have been admitted, for engrossing to his private [use] oatmeal, sack, oil, aquavitae, venerall, eggs, or what not, but the [common] kettle.

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To these particulars I humbly entreat your pardons if I offend you with my rude answer. Away went their bows and arrows and tag and rag came with their baskets. So marching towards their houses, they might see great heaps of corn: Two barges he had himself and eighteen men. Far we were not gone ere they came again and began to sing and hjstorie and recall us. At our first meeting our captain ever observed this order: This river, but only at the entrance, is very narrow, and the people of small stature as them of Wighcocomoco; the land but low, yet it may prove very commodious because it is but a ridge of land betwixt the Bay and the main ocean.


Gentlemen, if you would remember the memorable history of Sir Ralph Lane, how his company importuned him to proceed in the discovery of Moratico, alleging they had yet a dog that being boiled with sassafras leaves would richly feed them in their returns; then what a shame would it be for you that have been so suspicious of my tenderness to force me [to] return with so much provision as we have and scarce able to say where we have been nor yet heard of that we were sent to seek?

Smith, perceiving notwithstanding their late misery not any regarded jojn from hand to mouth the company being well recoveredcaused smth pinnace to be provided with things fitting to get provision for the year following. M r Robert Hunt Preacher. Archived from the original on Iames Brumfieldboy.

But not seeing nor hearing any people and the river very narrow, we returned to the great river to see if we could find any of them, coasting the shore towards Nansemond which is mostly oyster banks. Peace, we told them, we would accept it, would they bring us their king’s bows and arrows with a chain of pearl, and when we came again give us four hundred baskets full of corn; otherwise we would break all their boats and burn their houses and corn and all they had.

The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles

What he is now everyone can tell you. By this obserue; Good men did ne’r their Countries ruine bring. But thirty of us he conducted down the river some five miles from Jamestown to learn to make Clapboard, cut down trees, and lay in woods. Captain Newport, being dispatched with the trials of pitch, tar, glass, frankincense, soap-ashes, [along] with that clapboard and wainscot that could be provided, met with Master Scrivener at point Comfort, and so returned for England.


Yet it pleased God by a precious oil Doctor Russell at the first applied to it when he sounded it with a probe ere night his tormenting pain was so well assuaged that he ate of the fish to his supper, which gave no less joy and content to us than ease to himself.

Here our host left us, the rest rowed by us in a canoe till we were so far past the isle the river became very narrow. 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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There we found the last Supply [of new settlers] were all sick, the rest some lame, some bruised-all unable to do anything but complain of the pride and unreasonable needless cruelty of the silly President that had riotously consumed the store and to fulfill his follies about building him an unnecessary building for his pleasure in the woods had brought them all to that misery, that had we not arrived they had as strangely tormented him with revenge.

No blood nor wound was seen but a little blue spot. Some episodes may have been fabricated, condensed, or truncated, the most famous perhaps being whether or not he was actually “saved” from death by Pocahontas in a fact Smith did not write about until this publication.

Now Captaine Smithwho all this time from their departure from the Canaries was restrained as a prisoner vpon the scandalous suggestions of some of the chiefe envying his repute who fained he intended to vsurpe the government, murther the Councell, and make himselfe King, that his confederats were dispersed in all the three ships, and that divers of his confederats that revealed it, would affirme it, for this he histodie committed as a prisoner: For thirty miles’ sail we could see no inhabitants.