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uld be shared alike by a saint like John Cotton or a soldier of fortune like John Smith. Men are tentdwellers. Today they settle here, and tomorrow they have struc The first book written on the soil of what is now the United States was Captain John Smith's True Relation of the planting of the Virginia colony in 1607. It was pwhich was essential to the exploration and conquest of the wilderness. Most of Smith's companions were unfitted for the ordeal which he survived. They perished misenson, Kipling, and Wells during their casual visits to this country. But Captain Smith's True Relation impresses us, like Mark Twain's Roughing it, with being somnd that there is no common denominator for emigrants of such varied pattern as Smith and Sandys of Virginia, Morton of Merrymount, John Winthrop, Sir Christopher Gaegree of order essential to the existence of a camp. It was not in vain that John Smith sought to correct the early laxness at Jamestown by the stern edict: He that
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ey describe the new world, explain the present situation of the colonists, and express their hopes for the future. Captain John Smith's True Relation, already alluded to, is the typical production of this class: a swift marching book, full of eager es' roots, well provided, than a thousand of such as we have. America was but an episode in the wide wanderings of Captain Smith, but he owes his place in human memory today to the physical and mental energy with which he met the demands of a newvid's Metamorphoses. Colonel Norwood, an adventurer who belongs to a somewhat later day, since he speaks of having read Mr. Smith's travels, draws the long bow of narrative quite as powerfully as the redoubtable Smith, and far more smoothly, as witnhusband of Pocahontas, with whom, poor fellow, his best thoughts are so intangled and enthralled. Other Virginians, like Smith, Strachey, and Percy, show close naturalistic observation, touched with the abounding Elizabethan zest for novelties. To
Scudder, Horace, 169 Seaweed, Longfellow 156 Sewell, Samuel, Judge, 47-48 Shepard, Thomas, 16, 31-32 Short story, the, 261-62 Sill, E. R., 257 Simms, W. G., 245, 246 Simple Cobbler of Agawam, the, Ward 37 Sinners in the hands of an Angry God, Edwards 50 Skeleton in Armor, the, Longfellow 155 Sketch book, Irving 89, 91 Skipper Ireson's Ride, Whittier 161 Slavery, influence on literature, 207 et seq. Slavery in Massachusetts, Thoreau 137 Smith, F. H., 247 Smith, John, 8-10, 20,38 Smith, Sydney, quoted, 88-89 Snow-bound, Whittier 158, 161-162 Snow-image and other tales, the, Hawthorne 145 Songs of labor, Whittier 161 South Carolina in 1724, 44 South, The, in American literature, 245 et seq. Sparks, Jared, 176 Spofford, Harriet Prescott, 249 Spoon River Anthology, Masters 261 Spy, the, Cooper 89, 97, 98 Stamp Act (1765), 59 Star-Spangled banner, the, Key, 107, 225 Stedman, E. C., 225, 256 Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 219-2