MASTER Endicott, who was of our faith, had come to
these shores in March of the year 1628, with a
company of thirty or forty people, and, finding other men
living at the head of this harbor which the Arabella had
entered after her long voyage, decided to build his
home at this place.
In the next year, Master Higginson, coming over
with six vessels in which were eighteen women, twenty-
six children, and three hundred men, joined the little
colony. These last brought with them one hundred
and forty head of cattle, and forty goats.
However, only two hundred of this last company
remained at Salem, the others having chosen to build
for themselves a new town, which they called
Charlestown, on that large body of water which is set down
on the maps as Massachusetts Bay.
In addition to these two villages, it was said that
there were five or six houses at the place called
Nantasket; that one Master Samuel Maverick was living on
Noddles Island, and one Master William Blackstone
on the Shawmut Peninsula.
I have set this down to the end that those who read it
may understand we were not come into a wild country,
in which lived none but savages, and I must also add
 that not so many miles away was the town of Plymouth,
where had been living, during ten years, a company of
glishmen who had worked bravely to make for
themselves a home.
And now since I am done with explaining, and since
the boat which put out from our vessel and which I
left you watching, has come back from that other ship,
bringing Master William Pierce, let me tell you what
we did on the first day in this new world.
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