Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647

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Rutgers University Press, 1952 - History - 448 pages
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"Bradford's history is a story of a simple people inspired by an ardent faith to a dauntless courage in danger, a resourcefulness in dealing with new problems, an impregnable fortitude in adversity that exalts and heartens one in an age of uncertainty, when courage falters and faith grows dim. It is this story, told by a great human being, that has made the Pilgrim Fathers in a sense the spiritual ancestors of all Americans, all pioneers." Thus Samuel Eliot Morison, the pre-eminent American historian in this field, in his Preface to this great American classic.

For the first time the printed text of Bradford's history has been compared word for word with the original manuscript; for the first time the difficult abbreviations and contractions used by Bradford have been filled out and his archaic and variant spellings made uniform. This edition has double value: it presents Governor Bradford's text in readable form and it provides contemporary readers with a history of that text and its enduring significance by the historian clearly elect to interpret it.
 

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Contents

THE FIRST BOOK
xxviii
The Separatist Interpretation of the Reforma
3
Of their Departure into Holland and their
11
Showing the Reasons and Causes of Their
23
Concerning the Agreements and Articles
36
Of their Departure from Leyden and other
47
Of their Voyage and how they Passed the Sea
58
Showing how they Sought out a Place
64
Anno Domini 1634
262
Anno Domini 1635
272
Anno Domini 1636
286
Anno Domini 1637
294
Anno Domini 1639 and Anno Domini 1640
304
Anno Domini 1641
312
Anno Domini 1642
322
Anno Domini 1643
324

The Remainder of Anno 1620
75
Anno 1621
85
Anno 1622
98
Anno Domini 1623
116
Anno Domini 1624
140
Anno Domini 1625
165
Anno Domini 1626
179
Anno Domini 1628
197
Anno Domini 1629
213
Anno Domini 1630
226
Anno Domini 1631
237
Anno Domini 1632
250
Anno Domini 1644
333
Anno Domini 1645
339
Anno Domini 1646
345
Correspondence with the Virginia Company
353
HI Correspondence of June 1620 between
360
Rev John Robinsons Farewell Letters to John
367
1627
378
Governor Winthrops Letters on the Pequot
394
Opinions of Three Ministers on Unnatural Vice
404
Conclusion of Business with London Partners
414
Official Documents
421
INDEX AND FAMILIAR QUOTATIONS follow page
448

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Bradford's history is a story of a simple people inspired by an ardent faith to a dauntless courage in danger, a resourcefulness in dealing with new problems, an impregnable fortitude in adversity that exalts and heartens one in an age of uncertainty, when courage falters and faith grows dim. It is this story, told by a great human being, that has made the Pilgrim Fathers in a sense the spiritual ancestors of all Americans, all pioneers." Thus Samuel Eliot Morison, the preeminent American historian in this field, in his Preface to this great American classic.

For the first time the printed text of Bradford's history has been compared word for word with the original manuscript; for the first time the difficult abbreviations and contractions used by Bradford have been filled out and his archaic and variant spellings made uniform. This edition has a double value: it presents Governor Bradford's text in readable form and it provides contemporary readers with a history of that text and its enduring significance by the historian clearly elect to interpret it.

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