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The Times of REFORMATION.
Ep. to Heb.
The ever-memorable Mr. John Hales.
No. CXXXIII.] JANUARY, 1826.
Celebration of the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers in
December 31, 1825. The two annexed papers may, by your permission, find a place very suitably in the Reformer, as you have inserted (XI. 85.) that interesting description of the Celebration of the Landing of the Fathers of New England, with which they are immediately connected.
The first paper contains the bistorical part of an article prefixed, in the Oriental Herald (VI. 81), to the same account of the Celebration as you have preserved. The verses are transcribed from the New Monthly Magazine for the last month (XIV. 402).
R. L. C. The earliest attempt of the English to settle on any part of the now United States was in 1585. No attempt, howfrer, succeeded till 1607, when James Town, on James hiver, in Virginia, became the first permanent settlement. There, too, in 1620, by the purchase of twenty Negroes from a Dutch ship, commenced the nefarious assumption of property in Man, still the opprobrium of Republican America, too many of whose citizens were justly described by that consistent advocate of freedom, Thomas Day, as signing a declaration of independence with one hand, and with the other brandishing a whip over their affrighted slaves.
This first English settlement, whose results were comparatively unimportant, appears to have originated chiefly, if not entirely, from the motive which has generally produced emigration, a desire natural to man, to improve his worldly condition. The next settlers, who became the Fathers of New England, professed, nor is there any reason to question their sincerity, to be actuated by considerations of superior moment. Governor Hutchinson, indeed, in his History of Massachusetts, (1765, I. 3,) doubts “ whether Britain would have had any colonies in America if religion had not been the grand inducement.”