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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But because all the world doe see a defailement; this following Treatise virglnia giue satisfaction to all indifferent Readers, how the businesse hath bin carried: To effect this, was spent another yeare, and by that, three ships were provided, one of Tuns, another of The transportation of the company was committed to Captaine Jobn Newport virhinia, a Marriner well practised for the Westerne parts of America.
But jonn orders for government were put in a box, not to be opened, nor the governours knowne vntill they arrived in Virginia.
On the 19 of December, Yet although he were but twentie myles from his habitation the time we were in the Downes and notwithstanding the stormy weather, nor the scandalous imputations of some few, little virginai then Atheists, of the greatest ranke amongst vs suggested against him, all this could never force from him so much as a seeming desire to leaue the busines, but preferred the service of God, in so good a voyage, before any affection to contest with his godlesse foes, whose disasterous designes could they haue prevailed.
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 Gwardalupa we found a bath so hot, as in it we boyled Porck as well as over the fire.
And at a little Isle called Monicawe tooke from the bushes with our hands, neare two hogshheads full of Birds in three or foure houres. In Johm, Monaand the Virgin Isles, we spent some time, where, with a lothsome beast like a Crocodil, called a Gwayn, Tortoises, Pellicans, Parrots, and fishes, we daily feasted.
Gone from thence in search of Virginiathe company was not a little discomforted, seeing the Marriners had 3 dayes passed their reckoning and found no land, so that Captaine Ratliffe Captaine of the Pinnace rather desired to beare vp the helme to returne for Englandthen make further search.
But God the guider of all good actions, forcing them by an extreame storme to hull all night, did driue them by his providence to histirie desired Port, beyond all their expectations, for never any of them had seene that coast.
That night was the box opened, and generalp orders read, in which Bartholomew Gosnoll, Iohn Smith, Edward Wingfield, Christopher Newport, Iohn Ratliffe, Iohn Martinand George Kendallwere named to be the Councell, and to choose a President amongst them for a yeare, who with the Councell should governe. 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.
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Vntill the 13 of May they sought a place to plant in, then the Councell was sworne, M r Wingfield was chosen President, and an Oration made, why Captaine Smith was not admitted of the Councell as the rest. The Salvages often visited vs kindly.
The Presidents overweening iealousie would admit no exercise at armes, or fortification, but the boughs of trees cast together in the forme of snith halfe moone by the extraordinary paines and diligence of Captaine Kendall. Newport, Smithand twentie others, were sent to discover the head of the river: Six weekes being spent in this manner, Captaine Newport who was hired onely for.
By this obserue; Good men did ne’r their Countries ruine bring. But when evill men shall iniuries beginne; Not caring to corrupt and violate The iudgements-seats for their owne Lucr’s sake Then looke that Country cannot long haue peace, Though for the present it haue rest and ease.
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These funds will continue to support our work of providing free access to authoritative content about Virginia’s history and culture. Yet although he were but twentie myles from his habitation the time we were in the Downes and notwithstanding the stormy weather, nor the scandalous imputations of some few, little better then Atheists, of the greatest ranke amongst vs suggested against him, all this could never force from him so much as a seeming desire to leaue the busines, but preferred the service of God, in so good a voyage, before any affection to contest with his godlesse foes, whose disasterous designes could they haue prevailed — page 42 — had even then overthrowne the businesse, so many discontents did then arise, had he not with the water of patience, and his godly exhortations but chiefly by his true devoted examples quenched those flames of envie, and dissention.
Six weekes being spent in this manner, Captaine Newport who was hired onely for — page 43 — our transportation was to returne with the ships. 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 was committed as a prisoner: But he so much scorned their charitie, and publikely defied the vttermost of their crueltie, he wisely prevented their policies, though he could not suppresse their envies, yet so well he demeaned himselfe in this businesse, as all the company did see his innocency, and his adversaries malice, and those suborned to accuse him, accused his accusers of subornation; many vntruthes were alledged against him; but being so apparently disproved, begat a generall hatred in the hearts of the company against such vniust Commanders, that the President was adiudged to giue him 1.
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