Reminiscences of the Bradford and Waters Families

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Eliza Paddock Waters Sisson
J. Mueller & Son, 1885 - 16 pages
William Bradford (b.1588) married Dorthy May, and immigrated in 1620 from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts and, as a widower, later married widow Alice (Rayner) Southworth. Descendants and relatives lived in New England, Ohio and elsewhere.
 

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Page 16 - He was a person for study as well as action; and hence, notwithstanding the difficulties through which he passed in his youth, he attained unto a notable skill in languages; the Dutch tongue was become almost as vernacular to him as the English; the French tongue he could also manage; the Latin and the Greek he had mastered; but the Hebrew he most of all studied because, he said, he would see with his own eyes the ancient oracles of God in their native beauty.
Page 16 - He was also well skilled in history, in antiquity, and in philosophy; and for theology, he became so versed in it, that he was an irrefragable disputant against the errors, especially those of...
Page 16 - ... Trouble he saw rising in his Colony ; wherefore he wrote some Significant things for the Confutation of those Errors. But the Crown of all was his Holy, Prayerful, Watchful and Fruitful Walk with God, wherein he was very Exemplary.
Page 15 - ... where the people were as unacquainted with the Bible as the Jews do seem to have been with part of it in the days of Josiah; a most ignorant and licentious people, and like unto their priest. Here, and in some other places, he had a comfortable inheritance left him of his honest parents, who died while he was yet a child, and cast him on the education, first of his grandparents, and then of his uncles, who devoted him, like his ancestors, unto the affairs of husbandry.
Page 12 - From that time nothing, until recently, has been heard of this volume. While in the possession of Prince, who died in 1758, it was deposited in the New England Library, in the tower of the Old South Church, where he kept his choice historical treasures, and where it may have reposed at the time of the siege of Boston, when that church was used for a riding-school by the British soldiers. Among these treasures was Governor Bradford's Letter-Book. This was carried to Nova Scotia, and a large portion...
Page 16 - That the good Spirit of God had given him a pledge of his happiness in another world, and the first-fruits of his eternal glory...
Page 13 - ... March 19, 1855. DEAR SIR, — The Bishop of London, with his accustomed prompti* The village of Fulham is situated on the banks of the Thames, at a distance of four miles from Hyde-Park Corner. The manor of Fulham belonged to the see of London a considerable time before the Conquest, and has since been in the uninterrupted possession of the Bishops of London, except during the interregnum in the seventeenth century ; the manor-house, or palace, being their principal summer residence. The library,...
Page 13 - ... Governor Bradford's manuscript History. He then took from his pocket a duodecimo volume, entitled " A History of the Protestant Episcopal Church in America, by Samuel, Lord Bishop of Oxford. Second edition. London, 1846," — which a few days before had been lent to him by a friend, — and pointed out certain passages in the text, which any one familiar with them would at once recognize as the language of Bradford, as cited by Morton and Prince ; but which the author of the volume, in his foot-notes,...
Page 14 - And in successe of time she marryed was To one whose grace and vertue did surpasse, I mean good Edward Southworth,* whoe not long Continued in this world the saints amonge. . With him shee lived seven years a wife, Till death did put a period to his life. And in some space of time, by Gods good hand, Shee was brought over into New England, And in short time the Lord did soe dispose, That Mr. William Bradford shee did choose To be her second husband ;f whom to fame I need not, for it is enough to...
Page 16 - Paul, rapt up unto the unutterable entertainments of Paradise. The next morning he told his friends, that the good Spirit of God had given him a pledge of his happiness in another world, and the...

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