The Pilgrim Republic: An Historical Review of the Colony of New Plymouth, with Sketches of the Rise of Other New England Settlements, the History of Congregationalism, and the Creeds of the Period

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Houghton Mifflin, 1888 - Congregationalism - 662 pages
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This book gave me a whole new appreciation for my Pilgrim and Puritan ancestors. It was a very entertaining, as well as informative read. Their perseverance inspires and shames me. God Bless every one of them. Thank you for writing this very important part of our history. Well done.


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Page 330 - We will not say, as the Separatists were wont to say at their leaving of England, ' Farewell, Babylon ! Farewell, Rome !' But we will say,' Farewell, dear England ! Farewell, the Church of God in England, and all the Christian friends there !' We do not go to New England as Separatists from the Church of England.
Page 40 - a body in a most strict and sacred bond and covenant of the Lord, of the violation whereof we make great conscience, and by virtue whereof we do hold ourselves straightly tied to all care of each other's good, and of the whole by every one, and so mutually.
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Page 62 - presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of ye ends aforesaid ; and by virtue hearof to enacte, constitute, and frame such just and equall
Page 191 - in 1676 it was as truly as proudly said by Governor Josiah Winslow, of Plymouth: ' I think I can clearly say, that before these present troubles broke out, the English did not possess one foot of land in this Colony but what was fairly obtained by honest purchase of the Indian proprietors.'
Page 40 - straightly tied to all care of each other's good, and of the whole by every one, and so mutually. 5. Lastly, it is not with us as with other men whom small things can discourage, or small discontentments cause to wish themselves home
Page 45 - We refreshed ourselves, after tears, with singing of psalms, making joyful melody in our hearts as well as with the voice, there being many of our congregation very expert in music; and indeed it was the sweetest melody that ever mine ears heard.
Page 266 - Lyford at once made his hosts ashamed,— " he so bowed and cringed unto them, and would have kissed their hands if they would have suffered him ; yea, he wept and shed many tears, blessing God that had brought him to see their faces, and admiring the things they had done in their wants.
Page 45 - it is not possible the Christian world should come so lately out of such thick antichristian darkness, and that the full perfection of knowledge should break forth at once.
Page 371 - I was fallen into the edge of their bounds, and they were loth to displease the Bay, to remove but to the other side of the water, and then, he said, I had the country before me, and might be as free as themselves, and we should be loving neighbors together.

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