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Re: Prince Henry in the New World
The first American thanksgiving was in 1621 a treaty was concluded with the
Amerindians (1644). The Pilgrims signed a treaty after 24 years of peace.
This is a particular propitious day to think and writ about those times it
was today (30 September ) that the first Pilgrim was executed for murder. A
Mr John Billington in 1630 suffered Americas first criminal execution. The
land of the free and the home of the brave stills practices this barbaric
custom. The Texas executioner is even running for President. If my American
cousin see fit to elect the Gore ticket however they have the peace of mind
to know that they will never again pay retail for nuclear weapons. The peace
continued until the conflict in the 1670s, known as King Philip's War.
THE TREATY WITH MASSASOIT
"... the coming of their great Sachem, called Massasoiet. Who, about four or
five days after,
came with the chief of his friends and other attendance, with the aforesaid
whom, after friendly entertainment and some gifts given him, they made a
peace with him
(which hath now continued this 24 years) in these terms :
I. That neither he nor any of his, should injure or do hurt to any of
II. That if any of his did any hurt to any of theirs, he should send the
offender that they
might punish him.
III. That if any thing were taken away from any of theirs, he should cause
it to be restored;
and they should do the like to his.
IV. That if any did unjustly war against him, they would aid him; and if
any did war against
them, he should aid them.
V. That he should send to his neighbours confederates to certify them of
this, that they
might not wrong them, but might be likewise comprised in the conditions of
VI. That when their men came to them, they should leave their bows and
From : Of Plymouth Plantation by William Bradford,
edited by Samuel Eliot Morison
(New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), p. 80-81
for interest I include the Mayflower Compact. There were no Sinclairs on
THE MAYFLOWER COMPACT
In the name of God, Amen. We whose names are under-written, 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 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, covenant and combine
our selves 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 hereunder
subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of November, in the year of
the reign of our sovereign lord, King James, of England, France, and
Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Dom. 1620.
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