there were two colonies of men who earned the right to say, in William Bradford
's quiet words, “It is not with us as with other men, whom small things can discourage, or small discontentments cause to wish themselves at home again.”
One was the colony of Pilgrims at Plymouth
, headed by Bradford
The other was the Puritan
colony of Massachusetts Bay
, with John Winthrop
have left journals which are more than chronicles of adventure.
They record the growth and government of a commonwealth.
were natural leaders of men, grave, dignified, solid, endowed with a spirit that bred confidence.
Each was learned.
, a lawyer and man of property, had a higher social standing than Bradford
, who was one of the Separatists of Robinson
's flock at Leyden
But the Pilgrim
of the Mayflower
and the well-to-do Puritan of the Bay
Colony both wrote their annals like gentlemen and scholars.
's History of Plymouth plantation
runs from 1620 to 1647.
's diary, now printed as the History of New England
, begins with his voyage in 1630 and closes in the year of his death, 1649.
As records of an Anglo-Saxon