Master Jones was desirous to go with us, and we took such of his sailors as he thought useful for us, so as we were in all about thirty-four men. They were made round, like unto an arbor, and covered down to the ground with thick and well wrought mats, and the door was not over a yard high, made of a mat to open.
But these afterwards falling into some errors in the Low Countries, there for the most part buried themselves and their names.
There was once one, when the sun shone warm, came and lay above water as if she was been dead, for a good while together, within half a musket shot of the ship, at which two were prepared to shoot to see whether she would stir or no.
We were not willing to send our governor to them, and they unwilling to come to us, so Tisquantum went again unto him, who brought word that we should send one to parley with him, which we did, which was Edward Winslow, to know his mind, and to signify the mind and will of our governor, which was to have trading and peace with him.
So some seven or eight of us went with them, and found how we had gone within a flight shot of them before. Some thought it was a Christian of some special note, which had died amongst them, and they thus buried him to honor him. In May ofhe performed the colony's first marriage ceremony. Samoset and Tisquantum, they stayed all night with us, and the king and all his men lay all night in the woods, not above half an English mile from us, and all their wives and women with them.
And if any of his did hurt to any of ours, he should send the offender, that we might punish him. They were slenderly appareled and had no weapons William bradford journal entry each one his sickle, nor any victuals. This was also hard by that place which we thought had been a river, unto which we went and found it so to be, dividing itself into two arms by a high bank.
For to let pass the infinite examples in sundry nations and several places of the world, and instance in our own, when as that old serpent could not prevail by those fiery flames and other his cruel tragedies, which he by his instruments put in ure everywhere in the days of William bradford journal entry Mary and before, he then began another kind of war and went more closely to work; not only to oppugn but even to ruinate and destroy the kingdom of Christ by more secret and subtle means, by kindling the flames of contention and sowing the seeds of discord and bitter enmity amongst the professors and, seeming reformed, themselves.
About the midst of the afternoon, the wind increased and the seas began to be very rough, and the hinges of the rudder broke so that we could steer no longer with it, but two men with much ado were fain to serve with a couple of oars.
The basket was round, and narrow at the top; it held about three or four bushels, which was as much as two of us could lift up from the ground, and was very handsomely and cunningly made. So we returned, leaving the further discovery thereof to our shallop, and came that night back again to the fresh water pond, and there we made our rendezvous that night, making a great fire, and a barricade to windward of us, and kept good watch with three sentinels all night, every one standing when his turn came, while five or six inches of match was burning.
For some were taken and clapped up in prison, others had their houses beset and watched night and day, and hardly escaped their hands; and the most were fain to flee and leave their houses and habitations, and the means of their livelihood. This coming of the savages gave us occasion to keep more strict watch, and to make our pieces and furniture ready, which by the moisture and rain were out of temper.
That night we kept good watch, but there was no appearance of danger. Some of the best things we took away with us, and left the houses standing still as they were. We could not come near the shore by three quarters of an English mile, because of shallow water, which was a great prejudice to us, for our people going on shore were forced to wade a bow shot or two in going a-land, which caused many to get colds and coughs, for it was nigh times freezing cold weather.
By autumn ofthe Pilgrims had much for which to be thankful. Our master and his mate, and others experienced in fishing, professed we might have made three or four thousand pounds worth of oil; they preferred it before Greenland whale-fishing, and purpose the next winter to fish for whale here.
A word or two by the way of this cape; it was thus first named by Captain Gosnold and his company, Anno. Having the wind good, we sailed all that day along the coast about fifteen leagues, but saw neither river nor creek to put into.
One might stand and go upright in them. He should send to his neighbor confederates, to certify them of this, that they might not wrong us, but might be likewise comprised in the conditions of peace.
The red powder was a kind of embalment, and yielded a strong, but not offensive smell; it was as fine as any flour.
Wednesday a fine warm day, we sent away Samoset. The new king saith he found there established the reformed religion according to the reformed religion of King Edward VI, retaining or keeping still the spiritual state of the bishops, etc.
Having thus discovered this place, it was controversial amongst us what to do touching our abode and settling there; some thought it best, for many reasons, to abide there. Now he that thought that had been the place was deceived, it being a place where not any of us had been before, and coming into the harbor, he that was our pilot did bear up northward, which if we had continued we had been cast away.
Many kinds of herbs we found here in winter, as strawberry leaves innumerable, sorrel, yarrow, carvel, brooklime, liverwort, watercresses, great store of leeks and onions, and an excellent strong kind of flax and hemp. As appeareth by the discourse thereof published in print, anno.
Yet in the dark of the morning we could not so well discern them among the trees, as they could see us by our fireside. We were in suspense what to do with it and the kettle, and at length, after much consultation, we concluded to take the kettle and as much of the corn as we could carry away with us; and when our shallop came, if we could find any of the people, and come to parley with them, we would give them the kettle again, and satisfy them for their corn.
In the morning we took our kettle and sunk it in the pond, and trimmed our muskets, for few of them would go off because of the wet, and so coasted the wood again to come home, in which we were shrewdly puzzled, and lost our way. They found it to be a small neck of land; on this side where we lay is the bay, and the further side the sea; the ground or earth, sand hills, much like the downs in Holland, but much better; the crust of the earth a spit's depth excellent black earth; all wooded with oaks, pines, sassafras, juniper, birch, holly, vines, some ash, walnut; the wood for the most part open and without underwood, fit either to go or ride in; at night our people returned, but found not any person, nor habitation, and laded their boat with juniper, which smelled very sweet and strong and of which we burnt the most part of the time we lay there.
In witness whereof we have hereunder subscribed our names; Cape Cod, the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our sovereign lord King James, of England, France and Ireland eighteenth and of Scotland fifty-fourth, Anno Domini In the morning we divided our company, some eight in the shallop, and the rest on the shore went to discover this place, but we found it only to be a bay, without either river or creek coming into it.
The next morning divers of their people came over to us, hoping to get some victuals as we imagined; some of them told us the king would have some of us come see him. Master Jones was desirous to go with us, and we took such of his sailors as he thought useful for us, so as we were in all about thirty-four men.Home > Beyond the Pilgrim Story > Biographical Information, Wills, Inventories > William Bradford: William Bradford by Dorothy Honiss Kelso.
William Bradford was born in in the Yorkshire farming community of Austerfield, England. In his early childhood, both parents died.
Dear Journal, September 6, After many days of safe travel, we encountered crosswinds, and fierce storms. There was much rumor and fear that the ship will not be able to perform the voyage.
We had to fix the boat with what tools we had and drift where the. EXCERPTS FROM WILLIAM BRADFORD’S JOURNAL: “Of Plymouth Plantation” Their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod But to omit other things (that I may be brief) after long beating at sea they fell.
Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth,Part I. Caleb Johnson, a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, provides the following comments on this hypertext version: Mourt's Relation was written primarily by Edward Winslow, although William Bradford appears to have written most of the first section.
AP English Language and Composition- Holly, Ashley, Heath. EXCERPTS FROM WILLIAM BRADFORD’S JOURNAL: “Of Plymouth Plantation” Their Safe Arrival at Cape Cod But to omit other things (that I may be brief) after long beating at sea they fell.Download