[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

CHAPTER VIII.

The Founder of Marshfield.

   It is well here to give some account of Edward Winslow, who was called the founder and father of Marshfield, the Governor and one of, if not the most prominent man of Plymouth Colony; he was the most accomplished of all the Pilgrims.   Three men, it is universally conceded, were the leading men in the early settlement of New England, and they were Gov. Bradford, Miles Standish and Gov. Edward Winslow.   Some add the name of Elder Brewster.   Bradford noted for the administrative affairs of the Colony, Miles Standish for his military heroism in the defense of the Colonists, and Gov. Winslow for the management of the Bbusiness and commercial affairs of the Colony.   Holton's Winslow Memorial says, "Gov. Edward Winslow was born at Droitwich, England, October 18, 1595.   He was the third on the list who signed the Compact before the Pilgrims' disembarkation.   When Mr. Winslow arrived, his family consisted of himself, his wife, Elizabeth, and three other persons.   His wife died about three months after the landing.   In May, following, he married Susanna, widow of William White, and the mother of Peregrine.   This was the first marriage solemnized in the Colony.   One of his first duties after the landing of the Pilgrims was to visit the Indians."   "When the Sachem of the Wampanoags, Massasoit, first made his appearance, and through a messenger invited an interview with the settlers, Mr. Winslow was deputed by Gov. Carver to meet him; and he voluntarily place himself as a hostage in the hands of the Indians, while their chief, Massasoit, held his conference with the Governor.   He was treated by the Indians to a kind of bread, called by them

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