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Publication Year see all. Not Specified. Age Level see all. Under 2 Years. Ages Author see all. Roger Hargreaves Filter Applied. Language see all. French Filter Applied. The three phases of Smith's career outlined below will bear this out. Of his paternal grandfather, John Smith of nearby Louth, we have evidence only that he was a property owner, and from Captain John we know that the family originated in Cuerdley, near Liverpool, Lancashire.
Young John's mother's family had apparently migrated to Lincolnshire from Yorkshire a generation or more before, and by or so had acquired a certain social status in both counties. Still, neither side of John Smith's family could have been "upper class" in any sense.
Socially they were yeomen. Smith had a customary schooling in Alford, part of it quite possibly under the noted preacher Francis Marbury, father of the even more famous Anne Hutchinson of New England, who was born in Alford in For unexplained reasons, young John attempted to run away from school in , but his father "stayed" him, and in , after some further schooling in Louth, he was apprenticed to a rich merchant in King's Lynn, some sixty miles 96 km.
But when Smith's father died early in , and his mother remarried within a year as was not uncommon in those days , Smith did not delay long in terminating his apprenticeship, amicably. The Dutch war of independence from Spain beckoned him, and in or , after his father's estate had been settled, he joined a company of English volunteers. Although this much is clear in his True Travels , it seems likely that at least part of Smith's military service was in France, where English contingents had been sent to aid Henry IV in establishing himself on the throne. In any event, peace being concluded in France in , by Smith was back in England.
This date is established by two facts: Smith says that "he found meanes to attend Master Perigrine Barty into France"; 3 and Peregrine Bertie, son of Lord Willoughby of Eresby, was granted a license "to travel for 3 years" on June 26, Bertie's father, be it noted, was John Smith's landlord. He simply lacked the funds. Back across the Channel Smith went, not without adventure including shipwreck. In Willoughby, or Alford, however, he got to know a visiting Italian nobleman of Greek extraction, who taught him horsemanship while instilling in him a violent dislike of the Turks.
After all, Mehmet the Conqueror had driven the Greeks out of Constantinople less than years before. The nobleman seems to have left for Yorkshire to get married in mid, and his absence plus news of renewed hostilities in the Netherlands may naturally have led Smith back to the Continent. Briefly put, Smith's wanderings soon ended with a tour of the Mediterranean in a merchant ship with a captain inclined toward piracy.
In this way, he became involved in a fracas with a large Venetian trader and in the end landed in Italy with a share of prize money. Thus provided for financially, he decided, late in , to join the Austrian forces then engaged in the "Long War" against the Turks Promoted to captain for his services in Hungary, in the spring of Smith was sent to Transylvania now northwestern Rumania.
There, during a siege, he accepted challenges to single combat in three duels that resulted in his beheading three Turkish officers. Later, wounded in a skirmish with Tatar allies of the Turks, he was captured and sold as a slave to a Turk who in turn gave him to his sweetheart in Istanbul, a girl of Greek descent.
Before long, she apparently fell in love with Smith. As a result, she sent him to her brother, head of a timar government fief , near the Black Sea, to "sojourne to learne the language, and what it was to be a Turke. Smith, however, unwilling to undergo the almost sadistic disciplining required for such aspirants, and surely not wanting to become a Turk in any case, eventually escaped by murdering the brother and fleeing back through Russia and Poland to Transylvania.
Then, after traveling in Europe and looking for further soldiering in Morocco, Smith must have returned to England during the winter of Let it be added here that, although this account is Smith's alone, circumstantial evidence supports his story broadly, and at times in detail. Back in London, Smith got caught up in the plans to colonize Virginia. A royal charter licensing such activities was signed on April 10, , and the Virginia Company was formed. The first colonists sailed on December , , with John Smith named as one of the members of the council in Virginia, and at last Jamestown was founded on May 13, Possibly three hundred years before, however, Algonkian Indians had pushed down from the north into the area, and their hereditary chief, Powhatan, was just then expanding his realm into a tidewater Virginia "empire.
But John Smith, propelled into leadership largely by the colonists' prevailing sickly inertia, retaliated in kind. Though he had little backing, he would not yield. In December , Smith and a handful of companions out exploring ran across a large band of Indians hunting deer under the leadership of a werowance tribal chief who was one of Powhatan's half-brothers. Smith, captured, was taken for a white werowance whose fate had to be determined by Powhatan himself, since it was not customary to put werowances to death.
Off the Indians marched him, by a circuitous route, to the Great Chief's residence. There, impressed by Smith's self-confidence and by such supernatural instruments as a pocket compass, Powhatan seems to have invoked an Indian custom and adopted Smith into his tribe as a subordinate werowance. A ceremony followed in which Powhatan's little daughter Pocahontas played an unclear role. After that, Smith was subjected to further inquiry and finally returned to Jamestown on January 2, , escorted by a squad to guide, help, and protect him. This episode was the source of the Pocahontas legend.
Meanwhile, the policies formulated in London, along with dilatory and insufficient supplies, gradually led to alienation between Smith and some of the other leading colonists, especially Capt. Christopher Newport, who was in charge of the colony's lifeline to London. As a result, Smith pursued his own policy so far as he could, and during June, July, and August, left Jamestown to explore Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. This provided not only the food the colony needed, but eventually also the material for his Map of Virginia , a descriptive book accompanied by a map of the whole region.
At that time, however, bad government in Jamestown led to near anarchy, and to Smith's election as the president of the local council in September. Under Smith's administration the settlement took better root. He strengthened defenses, enforced discipline as far as he could, and encouraged agriculture. Nevertheless, the London Council found need to reorganize the company on a broader basis. They patterned a local administration along the lines of British monarchical rule. Two knights, Sir Thomas Gates and Sir George Somers, were consequently dispatched with Captain Newport to lay the groundwork for the later arrival of a baron as lord governor and captain general.
These two top men and Newport, sailing in one ship despite orders to the contrary, were wrecked off Bermuda, but the rest of the supply fleet in convoy arrived safely, bringing back to Jamestown several members of the anti-Smith faction who had returned to England. The remaining weeks of Smith's presidency were thus disrupted by what amounted to mutiny. A brother of the future lord governor felt at liberty to disobey Smith, general disorganization broke out, and Smith, on a voyage to quell an Anglo-Indian encounter near modern Richmond, was accidentally incapacitated by a gunpowder burn.
The outcome was that he had to sail back to England early in October In London Smith dedicated himself to promoting Virginia, but his intransigence on matters of policy stood in his way, and he got no further commission from the Virginia Company. In fact, his Map of Virginia had to be printed in Oxford, the London publishers apparently being unwilling to flout the mercantile "establishment.
In spite of the major cartographical and the minor financial success of this voyage, Smith's self-assertiveness once more blocked his proposals. Apart from an abortive return voyage to New England, Smith never went to sea again. Taking up his pen, he produced eight books in the next sixteen years. To some degree, both the Pilgrims and the Massachusetts Puritans accepted his advice, and the government of Virginia fell into a basic pattern not unlike that which he had proposed.
Thus, supported and encouraged only by a small group of loyal friends, John Smith lived in or near London until he was taken ill and died, June 21, Smith's adventures, none too remarkable for the times, aroused much skepticism in the nineteenth century, even as his self-centered style of writing had irritated some near-contemporaries in the seventeenth.
The chief difficulty was, first, the diversity of accounts Smith published regarding Pocahontas. Since he hardly could have understood what was going on in December , his inconsistency is not remarkable, yet legend made the Indian maiden his passion and in time even his wife, although everybody knows that she married John Rolfe. Then some scholars began to assail the historical side of his writings, creating a "gascon and braggart" having nothing in common with the factual Smith but the name.
Only quite recent research has established him for what he was. As a writer, John Smith apologized for his "owne rough pen," yet he left to posterity one of the basic ethnological studies of the tidewater Algonkians of the early seventeenth century; an invaluable, if one-sided, contemporary history of early Virginia; the earliest well-defined maps of Chesapeake Bay and the New England coast; and the first printed dictionary of English nautical terms.
Speculation about Smith's personality is well-nigh irresistible, but specialists in psychology should note that Smith himself was the independent author of only a relatively small part of all that was published in his name. Ten years later, working on the present edition of Smith, the editor spent some time in the Research Room, Office of the County Archivist, The Castle, Lincoln, where he found the material used here.
The editor owes especial thanks to Mr. Benton, and to the county archivist, C. Lloyd, M. This biography is based on the editor's The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith Boston, , and partly follows his article on Smith in the edition of the Encyclopedia Americana , but it also takes into account the results of investigations up to Jan. Sometime between fifteen and twenty years after John Smith's death, the Reverend Dr.
Thomas Fuller included a brief biography of him in his History of the Worthies of England , a sort of encyclopedia describing each county of England and Wales, with short biographies of those whom he considered the most important natives. The Worthies , as the book is often called, is actually more attractive for its anecdotes and digressions than for its encyclopedic content, for Fuller was not noted for accuracy. In the case of Smith, mistakenly listed among the "Worthies of Cheshire," it is worth noting that he, Sir George Somers, and George Sandys were the only three signalized whose careers were directly connected with the colonization of America.
Even then, Sir George was dismissed as "discoverer" of Bermuda and Sandys as a translator of Ovid, while Fuller's judgment of Smith was that "his perils, preservations, dangers, deliverances After Dr. Fuller's mild expression of disbelief, Smith's name remained unsullied and partly forgotten for some two centuries.
Deane's fellow Bostonian Henry Adams then a budding expatriate serving as secretary to his father, the United States minister to the Court of St. In this, "Adams, seeking to attract attention to himself, examined the Pocahontas story It is not the aim or desire of the present editor to put an end to the argument. What he hopes to present is as much factual information as may make Smith's writings understandable, along with such circumstantial evidence as has direct bearing on them, and to supply "informed" conjecture or guesswork where needed to supply continuity or integration.
All theoretical, presumptive, or hypothetical elements are clearly indicated, so far as the editor's attention has not flagged, and even facts are occasionally stressed as such for the sake of clarity. Indeed, without a judicious bit of explanatory supposition, the facts themselves can well be misleading. One considerable element for which it is difficult to find a place in an edition such as this is the matter of differing interpretation or inferences, for John Smith has been the subject of manifold study.
To simplify investigation, various aspects of his career are summarized below. A full list of works on Smith is printed in Philip L. Everett H. They are listed in Edward Arber, ed. Bradley Edinburgh, , xxviii-xxix. In a broad sense, everything John Smith himself wrote was autobiographical. The bulk of what was published under his name was collected from others. His first work, the True Relation , bears evidence of being a letter designed to tell a friend or backer what happened to him from the time he sailed until the day he dispatched it to England.
Damaged as it clearly was by injudicious editing, it still bears little trace of any interest in the colony as a whole; 6 thus matters alien to Smith may be assumed to have been lacking. Then the True Travels is for the greater part openly autobiographical and is generally so classified, while the last, the Advertisements , is little more than a Smithian "voice of experience. A5 r , and our own contemporary Paul Delany includes it in the category of "travel memoirs. George Percy's necrology in Philip L.
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Only on one occasion True Travels , 51 n , has the editor ventured to liken the Smith corpus to Richard Hakluyt's Principal Navigations or to the even more comprehensive Pilgrimes of his friend Samuel Purchas. Smith's objectives were far more circumscribed than those of either, and he had neither the available time nor the inclination for their breadth of scope -- even if at the end of his life he contemplated a "history of the Sea" Advertisements , Nevertheless, for the restricted subject of "English colonization of North America, ," the sum total of his work exceeds in detail that of Hakluyt and Purchas.
In execution he is less accurate than Hakluyt in transcribing material and far less painstaking in acknowledging sources, and in personal interjections he resembles Purchas more. Yet he is always John Smith - actor, participant, propagandist, and often excessively apologist for himself. From this point of view, it is unwise to regard Smith as an editor.
In Hakluyt's case, despite some evidence of editing, the definitive bibliography of his works bears the subtitle "Works compiled, translated or published by Richard Hakluyt," 8 with no mention of "editor. Otherwise Smith sought rather to weave his source material into his own accounts, modifying it almost ad libitum, while still painstakingly preserving the original text where it served his purpose. Hakluyt Soc. The term "geographer" is perhaps more appropriate for Smith than "surveyor, cartographer, or mere map-maker.
Among the more outrageous of the former was that by Alexander Brown. Brown produced a map that had been misfiled by the Public Record Office, London, as Smith's work, 9 and "was inclined to think" that the Virginia section of the so-called Velasco map "was compiled and drawn by Robert Tyndall or by Captain [Nathaniel] Powell," 10 although the one surviving map by Tindall does not bear this out, and no map by or attributed to Powell is known to exist.
This inconvenience, however, did not deter Worthington Chauncey Ford a generation later from stating: "I am inclined to advance the claim that Powell, a skilled surveyor, made the plat form, or basis, of the Smith map, and is entitled to the credit of it. Smith was a geographer in the sense that Sir Walter Ralegh was, and like Ralegh may have drawn some details himself. How much or how little Smith contributed is irrelevant. That he had some basic knowledge of, or qualifications for, mapmaking is attested by the list of reference books on navigation in the Accidence , Alexander Brown, ed.
Boston, , II, George W. Italics added. See R. A professional study of John Smith's contribution to the ethnology of the Indian tribes, particularly in tidewater Virginia, is still a desideratum. Although Smith is virtually the only source for ethnographic information about the Indians, supplemented by William Strachey's additions made between and , modern studies such as John R.
As for a preliminary survey of Smith's transcriptions of Indian place-names and current words and phrases, see Philip L. Christian F. Feest, "Virginia Algonquians," in William C.
Sturtevant, ed. Bruce G. Trigger Washington, D. A preliminary word on Smith's rise to the presidency of the council in Virginia is here appropriate. He was appointed to the local council by His Majesty's Council for Virginia by virtue of orders dated December 10, John Martin was son of the master of the mint, George Kendall was related to the earl of Pembroke and to Sir Edwin Sandys, a parliamentary leader, and John Ratcliffe was ship captain of the third ship.
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Only Smith's presence remains to be explained. Somebody must have recommended him, and that somebody must have had a basis to go on, for Smith was a nobody while at least three original colonists who were not named to the council were of some standing: George Percy was brother of the earl of Northumberland; Anthony Gosnold was brother of Bartholomew Gosnold, the vice-admiral; and Gabriel Archer had sailed with Bartholomew Gosnold to Cape Cod in While it may be idle to attempt to guess, it could be that Smith's accounts of military experience in the "Low Countries" the Netherlands, Belgium, and northeastern France , and in eastern Europe, coupled with his escape from Tatary, qualified him as a Miles Standish for the Virginia venture.
Wingfield's military experience had been brief and inconsequential. If this was the case, some of the critics of the True Travels should have second thoughts. Whatever the position proposed for Smith in the colony may have been, it is obvious that his instincts were militaristic; discipline and training for self-defense were among his mottos. He bowed to superior authority, but expected that authority to be capable and effective. Incapability on Wingfield's part loosed Smith's wrath, and when Wingfield was legally deposed from the seat of authority in favor of the still more incompetent Ratcliffe, Smith's disgust was complete.
Smith sailed on two voyages of exploration in Chesapeake Bay. Soon after his return, he was elected president of the council September 10, Then about Michaelmas September 29 Newport arrived at Jamestown with a letter for the president, which is now lost. The content of this was such that in short order Smith replied with a letter of protest against Newport. This letter Newport took with him when he sailed again early December?
Under the pressure of events, a brief period of discipline was inaugurated in Jamestown, which seems to have worked for the colony's benefit. A new charter was put into effect in , with Sir Thomas Gates as governor and Smith in charge of defense at Old Point Comfort, thus combining the authority vested in those days in social or political rank with the capability of experience on the spot. Had it not been for untoward accidents, the arrangement might well have put the colony on its feet. As it was, Smith's bright outlook for was destroyed, Smith himself left for England with his term barely finished, and Jamestown came dangerously near to extinction.
Edward Arber has not been the only editor to show some surprise at the publication in of Smith's Accidence Necessary for all Young Sea-men. His learning in his youth about seamanship as well as trading and fighting was only natural. Indeed, it seems likely that Smith's encounter with the authority of Wingfield or Newport off the Canaries early in may have been due to his knowing something about handling a ship or where to get water on Gran Canaria.
His title of "admiral" must have been granted to him officially or tacitly because of his voyage to New England in , when he had been captain in charge of the tiny fleet and when he had directed the coastal survey on which his map was based. In this way, his Accidence was born of his own experience. Then, taking advantage of a manuscript copy of Sir Henry Mainwaring's "Dictionary" first published in , he expanded the Accidence into the Sea Grammar , putting more than common effort into "researching," and utilizing practically all works published by that date Accidence , 33, ; Sea Grammar , 69, 83 .
This subject of course involves relations with the Indians. According to George Percy, the colony's "cape merchant" or commissary, Thomas Studley, died on August 28, On September 10, Wingfield was deposed as president as has been mentioned , and shortly thereafter "the new President [Ratcliffe] Those who have considered Smith as primarily a militarist have overlooked the stress Smith continuously placed on trade, and on the need to keep the Indians at hand and also at peace. The Indians were not to be persecuted away, for they supplied food, but the English had to maintain their readiness for combat through strict discipline.
This basic philosophy of survival and growth forced Smith to travel in order to trade; travel and trade forced him to explore; and all put together forced him to learn the language and the ways of the Indians. Smith was a relatively ill-educated man, yet experience in Europe had taught him a modicum of French, Italian, and probably Spanish. In addition, it had trained him in seamanship as we have seen , in combat, and in survival, while his modest social background in England had instilled in him an appreciation of what it is to be the underdog in a class-conscious society Smith himself of course would not have thought of it in those terms.
All of this served him admirably in his Indian "policy," if ad hoc solutions to unexpected problems can constitute a policy. Obviously, the Indians had to supply the colony with food, since the colonists were too lazy to supply themselves by working in the fields, but the colonists had to reimburse the Indians through barter.
It was not right to browbeat the Indians, but neither should the Indians steal or take potshots at the colonists. And Smith's troubles with the silly, unrealistic orders from London, as well as the silly, unrealistic behavior of the colonists in Virginia, made all of this extremely real to him. He was not a trained administrator. He was a reasonably successful improviser.
By the same token, when Smith's career led him to lay down the musket and the compass, he had to improvise with the pen. As he had learned to use the first two, so he learned to use the last. In the meanwhile, his writings reflect weakness and uncertainty in style, conservative use of dialect words in English in company with occasional borrowings from foreign languages, and the particularity of putting down his thoughts at random, in his own way, with little regard to organization. All of this makes Smith difficult to read at times: his antiquated syntax conflicts with the modernity of most of his language.
Yet it all clarifies Smith's character and habits. To get along, he insists, one must do business in some fashion such as trading in the Mediterranean or in America while bowing to the demands of the circumstances, and one must know how to fight when necessary, and be ready at all times. Characteristically, at the end of his life, Smith was urging the development of the fishing industry in New England, while arguing for self-discipline and readiness for self-defense.
Jarvis M. Morse has already recapitulated the bulk of critical comment on Smith and his writings, both pro and con, in an article published in Without going into detail, it is evident that most of the carping criticism revolves around two foci: Smith's rescue by Pocahontas and his soldiering in eastern Europe. But what Morse barely implies if even that is what is primary: the Indians and the Turkish war were two subjects about which the critics knew little or nothing. What really happened when Pocahontas "saved Smith's life" we can never know; but Indian customs provide an explanation, and the exercise of tact for the benefit of the Virginia Company in London could explain the seemingly contradictory accounts.
By the same token, the matter of the Ferneza "book" on Smith in Transylvania is still unsolved see the Purchas version in the Fragments , but local history and Turkish customs offer circumstantial evidence that the story is most likely true.
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All that was needed was for Morse, and the critics he criticized, to dig deeper. When it came to Alexander Brown's Genesis and the obsessive dislike of Smith it exhibits, Morse was on surer ground. Morse contrasted Brown with Justin Winsor's Narrative and Critical History , which was already in print when Brown began work, but without indicating that Brown could have consulted Winsor.
More to the point, however, Morse called attention to Smith's portrayal of "the spirit of his times" and stressed the value of Smith's description of the founding of Plymouth by the Pilgrims. Some years after Morse, Bradford Smith, obviously with the aim of restoring Smith's reputation, called on a Hungarian scholar, Dr. Laura Polanyi Striker, and thus for the first time serious investigation of the problems created by the True Travels began. The editor is happy to have known Bradford Smith and to have corresponded with Dr. Striker, both of whom are now deceased.
In brief summation, appreciative mention must also be made of Professor Everett H. So much has been written about the John Smith of legend along with Pocahontas, usually , and so much that is pure legend has been written about John Smith that a summary of either would be beyond the purview of an edition that strives to be basically factual. Regarding the former, the editor can refer to a brief mention in his Three Worlds , , and to Jay B. For example, at least since Charles Deane wrote "Smith was a true knight errant," 23 Smith has been so labeled.
In fact, to read Deane's note, Smith would appear to have been more of a Casanova than a hero of medieval romances. Were not the "tufftaffaty humorists" whom Smith derided Proceedings , 13 , closer to the knights? If we look for knights errant in Virginia, even though loveless, they might be found in Edward Maria Wingfield, with his aloof gentility, and George Percy, who kept a "continual and dayly Table for Gentlemen of fashion" in Jamestown, in Smith paid ladies their proper compliments while seeing life as it was.
See Marshall W. Fishwick, "Virginians on Olympus: 1. For Percy, see John W. Shirley, "George Percy at Jamestown, ," ibid. As is shown in the bibliographical note following each of Smith's works printed here, several titles were reissued or appeared in new editions between and Then, a few years later, translations of parts of the Generall Historie and the True Travels appeared, first in Dutch in , and then in German in It was the next century, however, before new English editions began to come out, first in Virginia in , and later in New England. Nevertheless, it was not until that an edition of Smith's collected works was published.
In that year, Edward Arber , a distinguished English professor, editor, and bibliographer, put out a thick volume entitled Capt. Complete but for the Sea Grammar , the full text of the letter to Bacon, and a few odds and ends, Arber's edition included an introduction composed largely of reprints of other material that had bearing on Smith and early Virginia. Carefully edited, with relatively few errors of transcription or printing, the work is scholarly yet sympathetic.
Writing not long after the initial efforts to "debunk" Smith in this country, Arber was perceptive enough to remark, "To deny the truth of the Pocahontas incident is to create more difficulties than are involved in its acceptance. Edward Arber Birmingham. Edward Arber repr.
Edward Arber. A photo-offset reprint of the foregoing New York. Since Arber's death facsimiles of nearly all of Smith's works have become available. Since these are in process of printing by more than one publisher at the time of writing, it is impractical to attempt a complete list. While the story of John Smith's later life can be written with relatively few gaps, precisely what he did during his first twenty-six years is far from simple to determine.
His activities from mid-December until June 2, , however, are sketched by his own pen in the True Relation , and historians should be on firm ground already. Unfortunately, they are not. The True Relation , originally a letter, was published without Smith's knowledge, permission, or supervision.
Both the editing and the rush to press fitted the Virginia Company's interests. The True Relation was the first account of the Jamestown colony's first year to reach London. There, rumors of disillusionment and dissatisfaction in Virginia were already rife. Word had got out that one member of the local council had been executed for treason; that factions were splitting the local government; that tons of "gold" brought back to London had proved to be "guilded durt" as Smith put it ; that the Indians were far less tractable than early reports had intimated and stragglers outside Jamestown's flimsy ramparts were not safe; that starvation threatened the colony while most of the colonists sat on their hands; and that John Smith had all but been clubbed to death by the Indian "emperor" Powhatan.
Thus when Smith's letter arrived in London, it was eagerly read. Much of its contents were optimistic, and the mere "rough" style of the young Lincolnshire soldier-turned-colonist was convincing. Yet it is evident that it contained episodes not suitable for wide reading and details that could disturb potential investors. So members of the company who read what Smith reported, indirectly and discreetly forwarded the letter to one "I. This writer has been identified as John Healey, a capable translator who had shown interest in Virginia and was not overburdened with work.
In this way, Smith's True Relation was entered for publication less than six weeks after its arrival in London. Such was the haste to publish the book that a title page was struck off with no mention of Smith, but with the name of Thomas Watson as author. Watson, who may well have been the person to whom Smith's letter was addressed, quickly denied authorship, and the printer, still in haste, changed one line of type and inserted "by a Gentleman. London, , he did not know that Smith was the author, and since he had met Smith in person by then, he acknowledged his source in a marginal note as "Newes from Virginia and a MS of Cap.
Smith" "Newes from Virginia" was the running head of the True Relation. Nevertheless, the text of Smith's book remains in a sorry state. Between misprints and Healey's cuts, it is not an easy book to read or to clarify editorially. The present editor has therefore thought it wise to present a facsimile of the original, with an edited text on facing pages. There, errors of both "I. For the latter, reference is made wherever possible to parallel passages, often in Smith's other works, occasionally in "discourses" by his associates in the colony: Edward Maria Wingfield , George Percy, Gabriel Archer, Francis Perkins, and others.
In addition, the editor has provided a recension of the narrative of Smith's capture by the Indians, his restraint at their hands for several weeks, and his final liberation, in which Pocahontas clearly played a role. This seems to be doubly necessary because of superficially contradictory versions in Smith's other works, as well as what appears to be some manipulation of the text by John Healey.
This recension follows the present Introduction. A word is now needed to explain the facsimile text that has been used. While working on the Jamestown Voyages in and , the editor noticed a British Museum now British Library copy of the True Relation cataloged as long ago as present shelf mark C.
This copy was therefore chosen for facsimile reproduction here, and where the annotations were trimmed for binding, a reconstruction of the text is provided in footnotes in alphabetical series. While the annotator is still not certainly identified, there is a remote possibility, based on handwriting, that it was Purchas annotating from hearsay one expert noticed that Purchas's letter "k" was unusual, although the hand "is that of any educated person". But in any event the comments are those of someone well informed about Virginia.
Smith's original letter probably filled up to 40 sheets of paper, foolscap size, folded once to resemble an unbound booklet. It was most likely written with a goose quill pen in the so-called "English" or "secretary" hand. See the facsimile; and Samuel Purchas, Purchas his Pilgrimage. London, , n. These annotations were not noted in Joseph Sabin et al. The original Virginia settlers appear to have boarded their three ships at Blackwall, just east of London, on December 19, , and the fleet dropped down the Thames with the tide after midnight.
Christopher Newport, a veteran mariner in West Indian waters since Newport's lieutenant was Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, a dozen years his junior, who had explored the coast of New England in The third in command, Capt. John Sicklemore, "commonly called Ratcliffe," remains an obscure personality. The three ships were the Susan Constant tons , the Godspeed 40 tons , and the Discovery 20 tons. The fleet was much delayed, chiefly by storms, but the coast of Virginia was finally sighted at dawn on April 26, There was much dissension from the outset, and soon a combination of heat, unsuitable clothing, and bad water, along with improper diet, brought on physical disorders of epidemic proportions.
Among the leaders, Gosnold succumbed to some intestinal ailment hardly malaria or yellow fever as sometimes has been suggested , while Sicklemore Ratcliffe proved both ailing and self-seeking. Then, the first elected president of the council i. A year later he was elected president of the council. Meanwhile, between a desperate attempt to supply Jamestown with food and to carry out the explorations desired by the adventurers who had financed the expedition, Smith not only bargained for provisions but also eventually exposed himself to capture by Indians on a hunting foray in the wilderness near the headwaters of the Chickahominy River, northeast of modern Richmond.
This resulted in his being led captive before the "emperor" Powhatan, where he was questioned about the colonists' objectives and apparently subjected to some sort of ritual or trial that ended in his being adopted into the Powhatan tribe -- as was not uncommon among the Algonkians when a valiant "werowance" military or political commander was captured. Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas, then a girl of eleven or twelve, was somehow involved in the ceremony Smith was convinced that she saved his life , and this gave rise to the Smith-Pocahontas legend two centuries after.
Powhatan then named Smith werowance of Capahowasic, an honor that Smith did not refuse, although he did not occupy the post. Smith, now unwittingly a subordinate chief, was aided in every way by Powhatan until Newport returned to Virginia and upset the delicate balance. Nevertheless, Smith managed to tide over the difficulties, and trading and friendly -- though mutually distrustful -- relations resumed. Newport sailed back to England on April 10, Ten days later a strayed companion ship commanded by Capt. Francis Nelson arrived. Smith hurriedly finished the account of the colony that he had been writing, and when Nelson sailed for England on June 2, he entrusted it to him.
Intended as a personal communication to a friend, it was mangled and hurried into print, as has been stated. George Percy wrote, "On Saturday, the twentieth of December The presentation here of a facsimile of the original printing of the True Relation on pages facing a specially edited transcription has a twofold purpose: that of preserving, on the one hand, the utmost accuracy and that of offering, on the other hand, a text that is legible and intelligible.
As has been already stated, the text is clearly corrupt. Self-evident cutting and broadly acknowledged textual modifications appear on almost every page, frustrating all attempts to incorporate modern annotation in the book as it was first printed. A more radical approach is necessary if we are to have a text that at least attempts to recapture what John Smith wrote. Hence the need to couple the text left us by "I. These complications made it impossible to handle the True Relation in precisely the same fashion as the rest of Smith's works.
The major difference in editorial style introduced here is that the editor's substantive annotation of the text is placed at the end of the book, rather than at the bottom of the page. Hereafter in these three volumes, the editor's substantive annotation appears consistently at the foot of the page. In this case only, the footnote space has been reserved for transcription and discussion of the handwritten marginal comments on the facsimile pages.
In addition to this modification, the edited text itself contains insertions in square brackets of editorial suggestions, mostly bearing on paragraphing.
Brackets also enclose indications of omissions, both self-evident [ More modern concepts of breaking up long unparagraphed passages have been introduced silently the facsimile provides the original version , along with capital letters in conformity. Other changes in punctuation and so on have been made sparingly, only for the sake of intelligibility, and are indicated in the Textual Annotation that appears at the end of this book. In attempting to reconstruct one of the most important episodes in Smith's life, the editor could wish that both Smith and the deposed president, Wingfield, had had something of the orderly mind of George Percy or, later, Samuel Argall , especially with regard to dates.
We know from Francis Perkins, who arrived with Newport on his return voyage, that the first "supply" reached Jamestown on January 2, a Saturday , and from both Smith and Wingfield that Smith had been escorted back from his month-long captivity early in the morning that same day. Then, Wingfield implies, and Smith states, that Smith was away from Jamestown for one month. Since Wingfield has the date of his return six days too late, it is possible that the date he gives for Smith's departure is in fact the date when he heard that Smith was captured.
This could easily have been six days after he left. Nevertheless, for the purpose of the recension that follows, the editor has accepted Wingfield's "Dec. However, the date of Smith's return is accurate. The excerpts included in the recension have been left in the order printed, with one exception: in the True Relation the description of the Indian religious ceremony is found after the narration of Smith's march as a captive through the Indian hunting towns; here this description is placed in the middle of the narration so that it may be more easily compared with the descriptions in the Generall Historie and Purchas's Pilgrimage.
Yet in this desperate estate to defend him from the cold, one Maocassater brought him his gowne, The King [Opechancanough] tooke great delight in understanding the manner of our ships, I desired he would send a messenger to Paspahegh [Jamestown], with a letter I would write, by which they shold understand, how kindly they used me, and that I was well, least they should revenge my death: this he granted and sent three men, in such weather, as in reason were unpossible by any naked to be indured The next day after my letter, came a salvage to my lodging, with his sword to have slaine me, but being by my guard intercepted, Two dayes after a man would have slaine him but that the guard prevented it for the death of his sonne, In part of a Table booke he writ his minde to them at the Fort, what was intended, how they should follow that direction to affright the messengers, Having feasted me, he further led me to another branch of the river, called Mattapanient; to two other hunting townes they led me, After this foure or five dayes march, we returned to Rasaweack, the first towne they brought me too, where binding the Mats in bundels, they marched two dayes journey Menapacute in Pamaunke, where the King inhabited One disguised with a great Skinne, his head hung round with little Skinnes of Weasels, and other vermine, with a Crownet of feathers on his head, painted as ugly as the divell, Till sixe a clocke in the Evening, their howling would continue ere they would depart.
Not long after, early in a morning a great fire was made in a long house, and a mat spread on the one side, as on the other, on the one they caused him to sit, With most strange gestures and passions he began his invocation, and environed the fire with a circle of meale; which done, three more such like devils came rushing in Then all with their rattles began a song, which ended, the chiefe Priest layd downe five wheat cornes: then After that, The High Priest disguised with a greate skinne, his head hung round with little skinnes of Weasils, and other Vermine, with a crownet of Feathers, painted as ugly as the Divell, The high-Priests head-tire is thus made.
They take a great many Snakes skinnes stuffed with mosse, as also of Weasils and other Vermines skinnes, which they tie by their tailes, so that all the tailes meete on the top of the head like a great Tassell. The faces of their Priests are painted as ugly as they can devise: in their hands they have rattells, Till night, neither he nor they did either eate or drinke, and then they feasted merrily, with the best provisions they could make. Three dayes they used this Ceremony; From hence this kind King [Opechancanough] conducted mee to a place called Topahanocke, a kingdome upon another River northward: the cause of this was, that the yeare before, a shippe had beene in the River of Pamaunke, who having beene kindly entertained by Powhatan their Emperour, But the people reported him a great man The next night I lodged at a hunting town of Powhatans, and the next day arrived at Opitchapam the Kings brother invited him to his house, where, At his returne to Opechancanoughs, all the Kings women, and their children, flocked about him for their parts [of leftover food], Arriving at Werawocomoco, their Emperour proudly lying uppon a Bedstead a foote high upon tenne or twelve Mattes, richly hung with manie Chaynes of great Pearles about his necke, and covered with a great Covering of Rahaughcums : At his heade sat a woman, at his feete another, on each side sitting uppon a Matte uppon the ground were raunged his chiefe men on each side the fire, tenne in a ranke, and behinde them as many yong women, each a great Chaine of white Beades over their shoulders, their heades painted in redde, and [he] with such a grave and Majesticall countenance, as drave me into admiration to see such state in a naked Salvage, hee kindly welcomed me with good wordes, and great Platters of sundrie Victuals, assuring mee his friendship, and my libertie within foure dayes; hee much delighted in Opechancanoughs relation Hee asked mee the cause of our comming; Many Kingdomes hee described mee to the heade of the Bay, which seemed to bee a mightie River, issuing from mightie Mountaines betwixt At last they brought him to Meronocomoco, where was Powhatan their Emperor.
Here more then two hundred Before a fire upon a seat like a bedsted, he sat covered with a great robe, made of Rarowcun skinnes, and all the tayles hanging by. On either hand did sit a young wench of 16 or 18 yeares, and along on each side the house, two rowes  of men, and behind them as many women, with all their heads and shoulders painted red; many of their heads bedecked with the white downe of Birds; but every one with something: and a great chayne of white beads about their necks.
At his entrance The Queene of Appamatuck was appointed to bring him water to wash his hands, and This request I promised to performe: and thus having with all the kindnes hee could devise, sought to content me: their clubs, to beate out his braines, Pocahontas the Kings dearest daughter, when no intreaty could prevaile, got his head in her armes, and laid her owne upon his to save him from death: whereat the Emperour was contented he should live to make him hatchets, and her [Pocahontas] bells, beads, and copper; Two dayes after, Powhatan having disguised himselfe in the most fearefullest manner he could, caused Captaine Smith to be brought forth to a great house in the woods, and there upon a mat by the fire to be left alone.
From Weramocomoco is but That night they quarterd in the woods, he still expecting The next morning ere Sunne rise, we set forward for our Fort, where we arrived within an houre, The next morning betimes they came to the Fort, The colonists set sail Proceedings , 2. Down river from London Percy.
Anchored in the Downs Percy. No longer in sight of England Proceedings , 2. Conjectured arrival at Gran Canaria. Departure from the Canaries; Smith "restrained as a prisoner" Proceedings , 5. Arrived at Martinique Percy. Anchored at Dominica Percy. Had sight of Marie-Galante Percy. Sailed along Guadeloupe to Nevis Percy ; there "a paire of gallowes was made" for Smith, in an attempt to hang him True Travels , Set sail from Nevis Percy. Sailed along St. Eustatius and Saba and anchored in the harbor of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands Percy. Arrived at Mona and took on water Percy.
Visited the Isle of Moneta and laded two boats full of eggs and fowl Percy. Set sail from Mona Percy. Passed the Tropic of Cancer Percy. Forced to "lie at hull" because of a tempest Percy. Sounded but found no ground Percy. Began to assemble the shallop, which had been dismantled for the voyage over. Explored "eight miles up into the Land" Percy. Launched the shallop in which Newport took a party as far as the modern Elizabeth River Percy. May Entertained by Indians Percy. May 4. The fleet came to a Paspahegh village where the colonists were entertained with "much welcome"; a werowance from across the river "seemed to take displeasure" from the colonists' being with the Paspahegh Percy.
May 5. Went to visit the werowance across the river Percy. May 8. The colonists sailed up the James River to the "Countrey of Apamatica," where "there came many stout and able Savages to resist" them Percy. Peace was made, however, and three days appear to have been spent exploring on foot. The colonists went back to their ships and discovered a point of land just below modern Jamestown Island they named "Archers Hope" Percy.
Came to their "seating place" Percy , 8 mi. Landed all their men Percy ; about midnight some Indians sailed close by, causing an alarm; "not long after" two messengers came from the werowance of Paspahegh, saying he was coming "with a fat Deare" Percy. The werowance arrived with armed Indians, but after a fight, went away "in great anger" Percy. Percy and others went for a stroll "some foure miles The Paspahegh werowance sent 40 men "with a Deare, to our quarter" Percy.
Captain Newport took a party on an exploring expedition in the shallop Archer , spending the night with the Weanocks, enemies of Paspahegh. The party went "some 16 myle further," picking up some friendly Indians; they sailed in all 38 mi. They continued on to the falls at modern Richmond, where they mistook the local werowance, Tanx "Little" Powhatan, for his father, the "emperor" Archer.
Newport angered Tanx Powhatan by setting up a cross and claiming the region for King James. That night Newport's party went back downstream to Arrohattoc Archer and Percy. The party "satt banquetting all the forenoone" with the Arrohattoc werowance, then sailed down to "Kynd Womans Care" Archer. The party went ashore to visit Queen Opossunoquonuske, then met Powhatan's brother Opechancanough a few miles below, and finally anchored for the night 21 mi.
That same day, Paspahegh attacked Jamestown with men, causing casualties, but was repulsed by the ships' ordnance Archer; True Relation , sig. A4 r ; and Generall Historie , The party went ashore but grew suspicious and hurried home Archer. Labored at fortifying the fort Archer; True Relation , sig. A4 v ; and Generall Historie , The Indians attacked again, but did not hurt any of the English Archer. June 1. Some 20 Indians "appeared, shott dyvers arrowes, June 4. Three Indians shot at a colonist outside the palisade, but "missed the skynne" Archer.
June 6. A petition was drawn up for reformation of "certayne preposterous proceedinges" Archer. June 8. Clovell died; two Indians presented themselves unarmed, "crying 'friends,'" but a guard shot at them, and they ran Archer. June Eight Indians lying "close among the weedes" shot Mathew Fitch in the breast and ran away Archer.
Two Indians presented themselves unarmed, naming the friends and foes of the colonists, and advising the English to cut down the tall weeds Archer. The fort was finished, "triangle wise" Percy. Two Indians appeared with a ruse to capture Newport, but failed Archer. The colonists took communion and had a farewell dinner with Newport Archer. Opechancanough sent a message of peace True Relation , sig. An Indian came from "the great Poughwaton with the words of peace" Wingfield.
July 3. Seven or eight Indians presented President Wingfield "a Dear from Pamaonke [Opechancanough]; they enquired after our shipping [Newport's ships]" Wingfield. July The "King of Rapahanna [Quiyoughcohanock] demanded a canoa which was restored" Percy. During these weeks, Wingfield told Smith to his face, in Gosnold's tent, that "it was proved John Martin, died Percy.
Bartholomew Gosnold died; all the ordnance in the fort was shot off with many volleys Percy; also Wingfield; True Relation , sig. A4 v ; Proceedings , 10; and Generall Historie ,
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