Of Plymouth Plantation, 1620-1647 Book 2, Chapter 20 Summary
Bradford covers 1639 and 1640 jointly, which allows him to fully describe a development that covers both years: the settlement of a dispute relating to the Plymouth and Massachusetts nests’ boundaries. By 1639, the nests have broadened to such an extent that each, according to the other, is trespassing on the other’s territory. The circumstance is especially tense in the surrounding towns of Hingham, which belongs to Massachusetts, and Scituate, where the Pilgrims have assured land to some of their investors.
Eventually, the nests decide to select 4 commissioners– two from each colony– to individually settle the concern. In spite of initial arguments in between the commissioners, the nests do ultimately sign an agreement on where the boundary need to lie. While these negotiations are going on, the Pilgrims are likewise attempting to reach a contract with the partners in England.
Throughout 1639 and 1640, the financiers send out additional letters to the Pilgrims experiencing Sherley’s failure to pay and asking Winslow to go back to England to assist settle Sherley’s debts. Winslow and the Pilgrims hesitate, nevertheless, due to the fact that they believe that any representative they send over will again be jailed, “and an action for such an amount laid upon them that they would be unable to acquire bail […] which then the partners there might force them to do whatever they wished” (199 ).
For a time, it looks as though a compromise might be reached, due to the fact that Sherley proposes meeting with Winslow in “France, the Low Countries, or Scotland” (199 )– i. e., neutral area. However, absolutely nothing ultimately comes of this proposition, in spite of the Pilgrims’ dream to “close their accounts” (200) with the partners as quickly as possible. The Pilgrims fear a fall in livestock rates and desire their children to be able to move without “entanglements” (200 ), however they likewise simply resent what they view as unreasonable dealing on the part of the investors.