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‘ [346] the natives.’ In pious sincerity the company desired
Chap. IX.} 1629.
to redeem these wrecks of human nature; the colony seal was an Indian erect, with an arrow in his right hand, and the motto, ‘Come over and help us’—a device of which the appropriateness has been lost by the modern substitution of the line of Algernon Sydney.

The party who took passage for Salem included six shipwrights, and an experienced surveyor, who was to give advice on the proper site for a fortified town, and with Samuel Sharpe, master gunner of ordnance, was to muster all such as lived under the government, both planters and servants, and at appointed times to exercise them in the use of arms. A great store of cattle, horses, and goats was put on shipboard. Before sailing, servants of ill life were discharged. ‘No idle drone may live amongst us,’ was the spirit as well as the law of the dauntless community. As Higginson and his companions were receding from the Land's end, he called his children and others around him to look for the last time on their native country, not as the scene of sufferings from intolerance, but as the home of their fathers, and the dwelling place of their friends. They did not say, ‘Farewell, Babylon! farewell, Rome!’ but ‘Farewell, dear England!’ On the voyage they ‘constantly served God, morning and evening, by reading and expounding a chapter in the bible, singing and prayer.’ On ‘the sabbath they added preaching twice, and catechising;’ and twice they ‘faithfully’ kept ‘solemn fasts.’ The passage was ‘pious and christian like,’ for even ‘the shipmaster and his religious company set their eight and twelve o'clock watches with singing a psalm and with prayer that was not read out of a book.’

In the last days of June, the little band of two

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