Sunday, July 19, 2015

Henry Hudson and Henry Green.

I've been thinking about these two for most of two days. Our text book is for grades 4-6 gifted - little kids even if they're smarter than a cup cake with sprinkles and pink frosting. So ... how do I tell them what the relationship between these two men was. I've decided ... finally ... to stick with the evidence as it exists and say nothing that matters. Did that make sense? Probably not. Herewith is the paragraph as it now stands:

Green was a young Englishman from a respectable family, but with “extravagant and wicked habits.” None of the records clearly say what his wicked habits were, but they all emphasize his bad behavior. Because of his conduct, his friends and family abandoned him, and he was almost a beggar when he met Henry Hudson who felt pity for him and wanted to, one historian says, “reclaim him from his worthless ways.” That appears to be an attempt to ‘rescue’ Hudson’s reputation. We don’t know what Hudson’s motives really were, but Henry bought him clothes and fed him. He invited Green to accompany them, not as part of the crew but as his companion and secretary. He promised Green wages and that on their return he would help Green become one of the Prince of Wales Guards. Henry Hudson sent someone to Green's mother to ask for money to purchase clothes for the voyage. She was reluctant to fund more bad behavior, but finally gave five English pounds, telling Hudson’s messenger not to give it to her son but spend it in his behalf.  

I am open to ideas.


  1. Is Green important to the rest of the story of Hudson's final voyage?I mean other than being secretary for him on the cruise? I don't see where who he was, or what he was is necessary to the story. His bad behaviors and Hudson's interest in him border dangerously on a sensitive topic that should be avoided.

  2. Green and Juet led the mutiny against Hudson. He is a key character. I'm not going to tell 4-6 grades that there was a huge amount of sexual jealousy. Their mommies can tell them about that. But I need to develop his character. I'll keep thinkin' about it.