Bound by God-- for Merryland: the voyage of the Constant Friendship, 1671-1672
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This pamphlet, the fourth in the Studies in Local History series published by the Archives and the Maryland Historical Trust, recounts the voyage of the Constant Friendship to the settlementat Providence, near Annapolis, in the fall of 1671 and back again to England the following spring. It is based on an eighteen-page journal kept by the ship's mate and navigator, Edward Rhodes. Such journals are very rare, and Rhodes's provides a look into a seventeenth-ce