Through the years we may well believe that the womon of the Mayflower
, who became the women of Plymouth
, and their children, whether in newer homes or remaining in the old, looked back to the early days of their privation, when by their anxieties, their sorrows, their economies, their endeavors, their fearlessness and faith, the foundation of their colony was laid.
lies beside her husband in King's Chapel
Burying Ground, Boston
Their names are marked upon a slab at the gate on Tremont street.
Descendants of the women of Plymouth
colony are now estimated to number more than a million.
We rejoice that we know as much as we do of the women.
Recently a plan was made that a chime of bells should be placed in the tower of the Pilgrim
, and dedicated to the Women of the Mayflower
by their descendants.
More recently still Henry H. Kitson
has modeled a statue of a Pilgrim woman for erection at Plymouth
in their memory.
We may recall here the noble monument erected by the nation to the Pilgrims.
In this design a woman is the exalted figure who holds the book and gazes over the sea. And of the four important but lesser figures, two are women.
has said of the heroic figure: ‘Her eyes look toward the sea. Forever she beholds upon its waves the incoming Mayflower
. She sees the Pilgrims land; they vanish, but she, the monument of their faith, remains and tells their story to the world.’
Their remembrance is like music.
Inspire and love it. Perpetuate it, get precious memory out of it.
A letter recently received by a Medford man, from a friend of his school days, suggests our subject.
Its writer lived in West Medford several years in the early ‘70s,