Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647 Book 2, Chapter 14 Summary
Edward Winslow prospers Bradford as Guv of Plymouth, but the nest continues to have problems with Allerton. Letters from Sherley explain that he has needed to provide Allerton a lot more money to cover the costs of a mishap at sea. He for that reason hopes the Pilgrims will “have the power, as [they] have the will, to take off this heavy burden which now lies upon [him] for [their] sakes” (163 ), i. e., to repay him. Sherley compliments the Pilgrims, nevertheless, on their successes and characteristics much of the colonial development that has taken place in Massachusetts to their efforts.
On the other hand, new issues develop within Plymouth itself. A male called Roger Williams, who had actually joined the Plymouth congregation some years earlier and ultimately become a minister, “started to hold some strange opinions [in 1633], and from opinion continued to practice. This caused some debate between the church and him, and in the end some discontent on his part” (164 ). Williams eventually relocates to Salem and stirs up controversy there also.
A more pressing concern, nevertheless, is an outbreak of an “infectious fever” (166) in Plymouth, which kills more than 20 inhabitants, consisting of a few of the initial members of the Holland congregation: “This brought much sadness and mourning amongst them, and triggered them to modest themselves and seek the Lord” (166 ). The Pilgrims continue to broaden their trading throughout 1633, partly in an effort to pay off the new financial obligations they have sustained. Having actually gained from the Dutch about economic potential customers on what would end up being the Connecticut River, the Pilgrims check out the area and decide to develop a trading house there.
Initially, the Pilgrims attempt to participate in a business contract with the people of the Massachusetts BayColony, but the deal falls through. In the meantime, nevertheless, the Dutch have actually started to regret their choice not to develop the area themselves and develop a fort in an attempt to prevent the Pilgrims from continuing their trade. The two sides eventually come close to violence, however last- minute settlements handle to divide up the region to everybody’s fulfillment. Nevertheless, Bradford says that Plymouth would eventually lose control of the area as an outcome of being “thrust out by friends” (166 ).