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GOV. BRADFORD'S HISTORY

OF

PLYMOUTH COLONY.

MORTON'S PREFACE.

CHRISTIAN READER,

I have looked at it as a duty incumbent on me to commit to writing the first beginnings and after progress of the Church of Christ at Plymouth in New England; forasmuch as I cannot understand that there is

any thing particularly extant concerning it, and almost all the members of the said church, both elders and others, being deceased, by whom intelligence of matters in that behalf might be procured. I dare not charge the reverend elders of that church who are gone to their rest, with any neglect on that behalf; for when they were in Holland, they were necessitated to defend the cause of Christ by writing against opposites of several sorts; so as such like employs, together with the constant and faithful discharge of the duties of their offices, probably took up the greatest part of their time; and since the church parted, and a considerable

part

thereof came unto this going down of the sun, it might be neglected partly on the account that divers writings, some whereof being put forth in print,

' In 1679, the year previous to came over in the Mayflower. See the date of this Preface, iwelve only Hutchinson's History of Massachuwere living of the hundred who setts, ii. 456.

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