THANKSGIVING – As Written by the Pilgrims
Posted by FactReal on November 23, 2010
|THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT – Signed by the Pilgrims in 1620
FULL OF REFERENCES TO GOD AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH
“In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, etc.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, convenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politic, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the General good of the Colony; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
In Witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini, 1620″ (Mayflower Compact, Nov. 11, 1620)
“In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread sovereign Lord King James by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine, Franc, & Ireland king, defender of ye faith, &c.
|PILGRIMS’ WRITINGS – Early Christian records of the U.S. history
THE PILGRIMS WROTE JOURNALS NARRATING THEIR EXPERIENCES
God was central to their lives.
● “OF PLIMOTH PLANTATION” written by the Pilgrim Governor William Bradford
This journal “Of Plimoth Plantation” was written by Pilgrim Governor William Bradford – check the Massachusetts Records, here, here, and here
The hand-written journal describes the voyage of The Mayflower and the Pilgrims’ experience settling in Plymouth
|This record is an invaluable source for the early history of Massachusetts and the United States.
The manuscript contains a copy of the Mayflower Compact (the original copy, written on board of the Mayflower, no longer exists), a list of passengers who sailed on the vessel. (p19)
|PILGRIMS’ WRITINGS – Thanksgiving to God
THE FIRST THANKSGIVING AT PLYMOUTH – to honor God for His deliverance and providence.
|As narrated by the Pilgrim, Captain and Governor William Bradford in his manuscript “Of Plymoth Plantation”
(originally titled “The Log of the Mayflower”)
PILGRIMS GAVE THANKS TO GOD
“And thus, they found the to be with them in all their ways, and to their outgoings & incomings, for which let his holy name have the , to all posterity.
they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered and had . For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which . All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides there was , of which they took many, besides , etc. Besides, they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian to that proportion. Which made many afterwards , which were not feigned but true reports.”
|● “MOURT’S RELATION” written by Pilgrim Governor Edward Winslow, 1621
(Mourt was Governor of the Pilgrims several times)
e-book: Mourt’s Relation or Journal of the Plantation at Plymouth (PDF)
“… ; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom , and they went out and killed five Deer, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governor, and upon the Captain and others. And although it be not always so plentiful, as it was at this time with us, , we are so far from want, .”
This journal Mourt’s Relation was:
|PILGRIMS & CAPITALISM
PILGRIMS FIND SUCCESS IN CAPITALISM
(as written by the Pilgrim’s second Governor, William Bradford)
Pilgrims corn production increased when each family was assigned a parcel
“All this while no supply was heard of, neither knew they when they might expect any. , and obtain a better crop than they had done, that they might not still thus languish in misery. At length, after much debate of things, the Governor (with the advice of the chiefest amongst them) gave way that they should set corn every man for his own particular, and in that regard trust to themselves; in all other things to go on in the general way as before. And so , according to the proportion of their number, for that end, only for present use (but made no division for inheritance) and ranged all boys and youth under some family. , so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been by any means the Governor or any other could use, and saved him a great deal of trouble, and gave far better content. The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression.”
|HISTORY OF THANKSGIVING
● History of Thanksgiving in America
● Celebrating Thanksgiving in America
● What is the origin of America’s annual Thanksgiving Day?