Bradford's History "of Plimoth Plantation.": From the Original Manuscript. With a Report of the Proceedings Incident to the Return of the Manuscript to Massachusetts

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Wright & Potter printing Company, state printers, 1899 - Massachusetts - 555 pages
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William Bradford's OF PLIMOTH PLANTATION is a must-read, not only for those interested in the early colonial history of America but really for anyone. Most Americans are familiar with the tales of the Pilgrim's coming over on the Mayflower; their struggle for survival; that they received aid from the local natives.
What one will learn from this history is what prompted the Pilgrims to leave England in the first place; where they went prior to their voyage to America; that their landing at Plymouth was a complete accident; that they experimented with socialism, and like so many others who do so, get repeatedly burnt by it until they decide to try something else: a little individual responsibility, which in turn leads to prosperity.
The religiously-minded will feel the very same Providence of God at work that most assuredly the Pilgrims did; the atheist will be astonished at the sheer continual events of chance that ultimately work in the Pilgrims' favor.
This work is more than a history. It's not a stretch to call it an adventure. There is enough drama, miraculous events, chance happenings, and strokes of luck and misfortune to make one wonder why this isn't already an extended series on TV, such as Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead. In this history, you will read about persecution, piracy, adultery, rape, backroom deals, and intrigue. Who could ask for anything more?
But be warned! It is transcribed from William Bradford's English as written in the 1650. This can be a challenge at first (for example,strange typography such as "ye" for "the", "yt" for "that", "wch" for "which", as well as alternate spellings, such as "viage" for "voyage" and so on), but one quickly gets the hang of it.

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Page 553 - This preservation photocopy was made and hand bound at BookLab, Inc. in compliance with copyright law. The paper, Weyerhaeuser Cougar Opaque Natural, meets the requirements of ANSI/NISO Z39.48-1992 (Permanence of Paper).
Page 30 - It was answered that all great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages.
Page 159 - The experience that was had in this comone course and condition, tried sundrie years, and that amongst godly and sober men, may -well evince the vanitie of that conceite of Platos & other ancients, applauded by some of later times; — that ye taking away of propertie, and bringing in comunitie into a comone wealth, would make them happy and florishing; as if they were wiser then God.
Page 106 - Virginia, doe by these presents solemnly & mutualy in ye presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick, for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of ye ends aforesaid ; and by vertue hearof to enacte, constitute, and frame such just & equall lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions, & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete & convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission...
Page 91 - ... which wente before}, they had now no freinds to wellcome them, nor inns to entertaine or refresh their weatherbeaten bodys, no houses or much less townes to repaire too, to seeke for succoure. It is recorded in scripture as a mercie to ye apostle & his shipwraked company, y...
Page 102 - Munday they sounded ye harbor, and founde it fitt for shipping; and marched into ye land,| & found diverse cornfeilds, & litle runing brooks, a place (as they supposed) fitt for situation; at least it was ye best they could find, and ye season, & their presente necessitie, made them glad to accepte of it. So they returned to their shipp againe with this news to ye rest of their people, which did much comforte their harts, t On y6 15.
Page 111 - That if anything were taken away from any of theirs, he should cause it to be restored; and they should do the like to his.
Page 110 - I may say of many others who dyed in this generall vissitation, & others yet living, that whilst they had health, yea, or any strength continuing, they were not wanting to any that had need of them.
Page 89 - William Butten, a youth, servant to Samuel Fuller, when they drew near the coast. But to omit other things (that I may be brief) after long beating at sea they fell with that land which is called Cape Cod; the which being made and certainly known to be it, they were not a little joyful.
Page 6 - ... joined to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people : and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto thee.

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