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MOVING THE TOWN
I have no doubt, because of mother's having said so
again and again, that the good Lord heard our fervent
entreaties, although the
sickness was not removed from among us
for near to six weeks.
Then it was that
Master William Blackstone came across from
Trimountain, and told
Governor Winthrop it
was his belief we should
do more toward aiding
 ourselves than simply praying. He advised, because of
there being plenty of good water in Trimountain, that
we forsake this village of Charlestown, and go across
to the opposite shore.
I might set down many words, repeating what I heard
our fathers say concerning the wisdom of such a move,
and yet this story which I am telling would not be im
proved thereby, for the day finally came when it was
decided that, even at the cost of building new dwellings,
we should take all our belongings across the water to the
cove, back of which was a small hill, and, yet further
behind, a circle of mountains.
The cove would make an agreeable harbor for our
boats; the hill straight behind it would serve as a
location for a fort, while here and there were pleasant
streams, or gushing springs, whereas in Charlestown
we had only the water of the river, or from the marsh.
That I may not weary you by much explaining, it
is best I say that on the seventeenth of September,
when the sun had risen, we gathered at the Great
House to pray that God would bless us in this which
was much the same as our second undertaking, for
without delay, and before night had come, we were to
go across the bay and make for ourselves other homes.
And now lest it seem as if I were telling the same
story twice, I will not set down anything concerning the
building of this second village, because of that which
 we did in Trimountain being the same as had been
done in Charlestown.
The Great House was taken apart and carried across
the water, as were also the dwellings of logs, and while
this was being done, the women and children stayed in
Charlestown, where Master Thomas Graves had made,
what seemed to Susan and me, odd rules and regulations.