A prosperous fool is a grievous burden. — Aeschylus

Calvert of Maryland - James Otis

This book follows the life of Calvert, who together with his father settles in the newly established Catholic colony in Maryland. Although they have many adventures with Indians, conflicts with other colonists provide much of the action in the narrative.

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The purpose of this series of stories is to show the children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. To this end every effort has been made to avoid anything savoring of romance, and to deal only with facts, so far as that is possible, while describing the daily life of those people who conquered the wilderness whether for conscience' sake or for gain.

That the stories may appeal more directly to the children, they are told from the viewpoint of a child, and purport to have been related by a child. Should any criticism be made regarding the seeming neglect to mention important historical facts, the answer would be that these books are not sent out as histories, although it is believed that they will awaken a desire to learn more of the building of the nation, and only such , incidents as would be particularly noted by a child are used.

Surely it is entertaining as well as instructive for young people to read of the toil and privations in the homes of those who came into a new world to build up a country for themselves, and such homely facts are not to be found in the real histories of our land.


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Front Matter

A Name to be Proud of
Ready for Sea
The King's Gift
Why I am an Adventurer
The Signal for Departure
A Lad's Portion
The Allotment of Land
An Unexpected Delay
Our Arrival at Cowes
We Put to Sea
The Dove Disappears
A Second Tempest
An Unseemly Christmas
The Port of Barbadoes
The Arrival of the Dove
Under Sail Again
The Land of America
The Land Given by the King
Fear of the Brown Men
Where to Build the City
Taking the Island
A Voyage of Discovery
Visiting the Indians
An Unexpected Meeting
Captain Fleet's Story
An Indian Werowance
Indian vs. English Claims
Seeking a Place for the City
The Bargain
The Village of Yaocomico
What the Indians Look Like
Indian Weapons and Tools
Landing the Goods
Counting Our Blessings
The Susquehanoughs
A Land of Abundance
Buying Cattle
Storehouse and Fort
A Visitor from Virginia
A Talk with the Indians
Running up the Colors
Settling Down
Master William Claiborne
Lord Baltimore's Claims
Stirring up the Indians
Winning Back the Indians
Busy Times
Indian Women as Servants
Making a Canoe
A Boat of Bark
Indian Money
A Generous Harvest
Trouble at Plymouth
Strange Religious Service
The Dance Begins
An Odd Ceremony
William Claiborne's War
Settlement on Kent Island
We Prepare for War
The Army leaves St. Mary's
In Command of the Guard
A Flag of Truce
Captain Fleet Repents
The First Prize of War
A Battle is Fought
The Return of the Fleet
William Claiborne's Flight
The City of Saint Mary's
A Cruel Murder
Mystery Remains Unsolved
Master George Evelin
A Fatal Accident
Preparing for Action
Ready for a Man's Duty
I Wear the Uniform
My New Name
On Board the Pinnance
Indians in War Paint
The Arrival at Kent Island
The Capture of the Fort
Butler and Smith Captives
Back to Claiborne's Fort
I am Assigned New Duties
A Narrow Escape
Words of Praise