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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 25., Women of the Mayflower and Plymouth Colony. (search)
terest, with its new baby for the women and children to delight in. One who kept a record of those days wrote: At anchor in Cape Cod Harbor. This day Mistress Dorothy Bradford, wife of Master Bradford, fell overboard and was drowned. At last, in a November dawn, land is in sight. With the episode following, the women had nonglish home, with her war adventure as an extra detail, what material she had, and of what value for the world to read! She would have been a rival historian of Bradford and Winslow. But of course such a thought never entered her mind. She was a woman, and a woman could not be independent in that day. About two hundred and fiftow moved to Boston it could not have seemed more strange to her than Plymouth had come to be to her. As the first death on the Mayflower was that of a woman, Dorothy Bradford, so the last survivor of the Mayflower company was a woman, Mary Allerton-Cushman, who saw all of the life, with its chances and changes, of which we read.