The planters plea· Or The grounds of plantations examined, and vsuall objections answered Together with a manifestation of the causes mooving such as have lately vndertaken a plantation in Nevv-England: for the satisfaction of those that question the lawfulnesse of the action.
White, John, 1575-1648.
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CHAP. IX. The vndertaking and prosecution of the Colony by the Londoners.

BVT to returne to our former subiect from which we digressed. Vpon the manifestation of the Westerne Aduentu∣rers resolution to give off their worke, most part of the Land-men being sent for, returned; but a few of the most honest and industrious resol∣ved to stay behinde and to take charge of the Cat∣tell sent over the yeare before; which they perfor∣med accordingly: and not likeing their seate at Cape Anne chosen especially for the supposed commoditie of fishing, they transported them∣selues to Nahum, keike, about foure or fiue leagues distant to the South-West from Cape Anne.

Some then of the Aduenturers that still conti∣nued their desire to set forwards the Plantation of a Colony there; conceiving that if some more Cat∣tell were sent over to those few Men left behinde; they might not onely be a meanes of the comfor∣table subsisting of such as were already in the Country; but of inviting some other of their Friends and Acquaintance to come over to them: aduentured to send over twelue Kine and Buls more. And conferring casually with some Gen∣tlemen of London, moved them to adde vnto them as many more. By which occasion the businesse came to agitation a-fresh in London, and being at

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Page  78 ration) are nothing else but the fruits of jealousie of some distempered minde, or which is worse, perhaps, savour of a desperate malicious plot of men ill affected to Religion, endevouring by ca∣sting the vndertakers into the jealousie of State, to shut them out of those advantages which other∣wise they doe and might expect from the Coun∣tenance of Authoritie. Such men would be entrea∣ted to forbeare that base and unchristian course of traducing innocent persons, under these odious names of Separatists and enemies to the Church and State, for feare least their owne tongues fall upon themselves by the justice of his hand who will not fayle to cleare the innocency of the just, and to cast backe into the bosome of every slaun∣derer the filth that he rakes up to throw in other mens faces. As for men of more indifferent and better tempered mindes, they would be seriously advised to beware of entertaining and admitting, much more countenancing and crediting such un∣charitable persons as discover themselves by their carriage, and that in this particular, to be men ill affected towards the worke it selfe, if not to Religi∣on (at which it aymes) and consequently unlikely to report any truth of such as undertake it.