42 History of Marshfield.  

[Thanks to Linda Smith for transcribing this chapter]

   "The messengers were now returned, but finding his stomach come to him, he would not have the chickens they brought killed, but kept them for breed; neither dust we give him physic, which was then sent because his body was so much altered since our instructions; neither saw we any need, not doubting his recovery if he were careful.   Many whilst we were there came to see him; some by their report, from a place not less than a hundred miles.   Upon this his recovery he brake forth into these speeches:   'Now I see the English are my friends and love me.'
   "Whilst we were there our entertainment exceeded all other strangers.   At our coming away, he called Hobbamock to him and privately revealed the plot of the Massacheuseucks (another tribe) against Master Weston's Colony, and so against us.   But he would neither join therein, nor give away to any of his.   With his he charged him to acquaint me by the way, that I might inform the Governor.   Being fitted for our return, we took leave of him, who returned many thanks to our Governor, and also to ourselves for our labor and love, the like did all that were about him.   So we departed."
   If his successors, his sons Alexander and brother, Phillip—especially the latter—had continued those friendly relations that Massasoit had so grandly begun, there would not have been those terrible Indian wars that followed.   Not until after Edward Winslow and his Mayflower associates had passed away and beyond, were the later colonists troubled.
   Winslow returned to England in three years after landing on our shores, for the purpose of acquainting the people in England of the progress of the Pilgrims here, and also in procuring such supplies as the colonists needed.
   He remained in England about six months, and brought back with him a good supply of clothing, and the first meat cattle ever brought into New England.   This fixes the date

 

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