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bmitted, is sent to every town within the jurisdiction of Massachusetts, to be first considered by the magistrates and elders, and then to be published by the constables, that if any man saw anything to be altered, he might communicate his thoughts to some of the deputies. Thus deliberately prepared, these laws, ninety-eight in number, were formally adopted by the name of Fundamentals or Body of liberties ......December, 1641 First commencement at Harvard College......1642 Elder Williams Brewster, of Plymouth, dies......April 18, 1643 Four of the New England colonies, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Plymouth, and New Haven, unite as the United colonies of New England, for mutual protection and assistance. Articles of union signed at Boston......May 19, 1643 Massachusetts divided into four counties—viz., Suffolk, Middlesex, Essex, and Norfolk......1643 Martha's Vineyard settled by some people from Watertown......1643 James Britton and Mary Latham put to death for adul