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|The Mayflower Compact 1620 / J.L.G. Ferris,
Library of Congress; - July 28, 1932
|After the Mayflower was safely
anchored, 41 pilgrim men signed an agreement which established the system by
which they wished to govern themselves. This document has come to be known
as The Mayflower Compact.
The Compact was signed in the cabin of the Mayflower on
11 November, 1620 [old style calendar] or 21 November,
1620 [new style calendar].
"In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names
are underwritten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord, King
James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, & Ireland king,
Defender of the Faith, etc.
Haveing under-taken, for ye glorie of God,
and advancements of ye Christian faith, and honour of our King & Countrie, a
voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia, doe by
these presents solemnly & mutually in ye presence of God, and one of
another, covenant & combine our selves together into a Civill body politick,
for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of ye ends aforesaid;
and by vertue hearof to enacte lawes, ordinances, acts constitutions, &
offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet & convenient for
ye generall good of ye Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and
obedience. In witness wherof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cape
Codd ye 11th. of November, in ye year of ye raigne of our soveraigne lord,
King James, of England, France, & Ireland ye eighteenth, and of Scotland, ye
fiftie-fourth. Ano: Dom. 1620."
|Nathaniel Morton, Gov. Bradford's nephew and
secretary of Plymouth Colony' published the list of signers in 1669 in
New England's Memorial, a history of the colony.