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[313] fit for us to seat1 in or no; and the rather, because, as we sailed into the harbor, there seemed to be a river2 opening itself into the mainland. The willingness of the persons was liked; but the thing itself, in regard to the danger, was rather permitted than approved; and so with cautions, directions, and instructions, six-

Mayflower off Provincetown.

teen men were set3 out, with every man his musket,4 sword, and corselet, under the conduct of Captain Miles Standish, unto whom was adjoined for counsel and

1 Establish themselves, as we say ‘country-seat.’

2 Pamet River, Cape Cod.

3 Sent.

4 These guns were chiefly matchlocks, as afterwards appears.

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