Publications of

The Colonial Society

of Massachusetts

Volume xciii

officers of the society

  • Donald R. Friary, President
  • Robert J. Allison, Vice President
  • Daniel R. Coquillette, Vice President
  • Susan L. Lively, Vice President
  • Celeste Walker, Vice President
  • Leslie A. Morris, Secretary
  • Thomas R. Appleton, Treasurer

committee on publications

  • Kenneth P. Minkema, Chair
  • Robert Anderson
  • Catherine Brekus
  • David D. Hall
  • Christopher Jedrey
  • Celeste Walker

editor of publications

  • John W. Tyler

Of Plimoth Plantation

by William Bradford

Of Plimoth Plantation

by William Bradford

the 400th anniversary edition

edited and introduced by

Kenneth P. Minkema

Francis J. Bremer


Jeremy D. Bangs

with a special introduction by

Paula Peters

bradford’s hebrew vocabularies edited and introduced by

Eric D. Reymond


Colonial Society of Massachusetts

New England Historic Genealogical Society


frontispiece: Manuscript page one of Of Plimoth Plantation

(Courtesy of the State Library of Massachusetts, Boston, Mass.)

Copyright © 2020 by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts and New England Historic Genealogical Society

isbn 978–0–9975191–8–1

Library of Congress Control Number 2020934598

We come on the ship they call The Mayflower,

We come on the ship that sailed the moon.

We come in the age’s most uncertain hour,

And sing an American tune.

paul simon, 1973

What has happened cannot be changed, but today we must work towards a more humane America, a more Indian America, where men and nature once again are important; where the Indian values of honor, truth, and brotherhood prevail. You the white man are celebrating an anniversary. We the Wampanoags will help you celebrate in the concept of a beginning. It was the beginning of a new life for the Pilgrims. Now, 350 years later it is a beginning of a new determination for the original American: the American Indian.

frank wamsutta james, 1970

And as you are a body together, so hang not together by skins and gimmicks, but labour to be jointed together and knit by flesh and sinews; away with envy at the good of others, and rejoice in his good, and sorrow for his evil, let his joy be thy joy, and his sorrow thy sorrow: let his sickness be thy sickness: his hunger thy hunger: his poverty thy poverty: And if you profess friendship, be friends in adversities: for then a friend is known, and tried, and not before.

robert cushman, 1621

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