LEAVING SALEM FOR CHARLESTOWN
FOUR days later,
which is the same
as if I said on the
twelfth of July, the
fleet of ships sailed
out of Salem harbor with those of our people on board who could
not bear the fatigue of walking, to go up to the new
village of Charlestown.
Before night was come, we were at anchor off that
 place where we believed the remainder of our days on
this earth would be spent.
Because of the labor performed by those men whom
Master Endicott had sent to this place a year before,
there were five or six log houses which could be used
by some of our people, and the governor's dwelling,
which of course would be the most lofty in the town,
was partially set up; yet the greater number of us did
not go on shore immediately to live.
Governor Winthrop remained on board the Arabella,
as did my parents and Susan's, and now because there
is little of interest to set down regarding the building of
the village, am I minded to tell that which I heard our
fathers talking about evening after evening, as we sat in
the great cabin when the day's work was done.
To you who have never gone into the wilderness to
make a home, the anxiety which people in our condition
felt concerning their neighbors cannot be understood.
To us, if all we heard regarding what the savages might
do against us was true, it was of the greatest importance
we should know who were settled near at hand, if it
so came that we were driven out from our town.