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CHRONICLES

OF

THE PILGRIM FATHERS

OF

THE COLONY OF PLYMOUTH,

FROM 1602 TO 1625.

NOW FIRST COLLECTED FROM ORIGINAL RECORDS AND CONTEMPORANEOUS

PRINTED DOCUMENTS, AND ILLUSTRATED WITH NOTES.

BY ALEXANDER YOUNG.

Gentis cunabula nostræ.'
• The mother of us all.'

SECOND EDITION.

BOSTON:

CHARLES C. LITTLE AND JAMES BROWN.

MDCCCXLIV.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1841,

BY ALEXANDER YOUNG, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

BOSTON:

PRINTED BY FREELAN AND BOLLES,

WASIIINGTON STREET.

TO

THE HONORABLE

WILLIAM PRESCOTT, LL.D.

IN TOKEN OF HIGH ESTEEM

AND SINCERE REGARD,

THIS VOLUME

IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED

BY HIS OBLIGED FRIEND

AND PASTOR.

PREFACE.

This volume will be found to contain an authentic History of the Pilgrim Fathers who planted the Colony of Plymouth, from their origin in John Robinson's congregation in 1602, to his death in 1625, written by themselves. Some account of the nature of these Chronicles, and of the circumstances which led to their compilation in this form, may not be unacceptable to the reader.

It is well known to those who are familiar with the early history of New England, that William Bradford, the second governor of Plymouth, wrote a History of that People and Colony from 1602 to 1647, in 270 folio pages;

which was used by Morton in compiling his Memorial, by Hutchinson in writing his History of Massachusetts, and by Prince in digesting his Annals of New England. The manuscript of this valuable work, being deposited with Prince's library in the tower of the Old South Church in this city, disappeared in the War of the Revolution, when that church

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