William Bradford

William Bradford
William Bradford
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William Bradford was an English Puritan separatist originally from the West Riding of Yorkshire in Northern England. He moved to Leiden in Holland in order to escape persecution from King James I of England, and then emigrated to the Plymouth Colony on the Mayflower in 1620. He was a signatory to the Mayflower Compact and went on to serve as Governor of the Plymouth Colony intermittently for about 30 years between 1621 and 1657. His journal Of Plymouth Plantation covered the years from 1620 to 1657 in Plymouth.

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[The apparent extensive sinning] is not more evils in this kind, nor nothing near so many by proportion, as in other places; but they are here more discovered and seen, and made publick by due search, inquisition, and due punishment; for the churches looke narrowly to their members, and the magistrates over all, more strictly than in other places. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
… a hideous and desolate wilderness, full of wild beasts and wild men Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
All great and honorable actions are accompanied with great difficulties, and must be both enterprised and overcome with answerable courages. Leaders & Leadership
It is against my conscience that you should play whilst others were at work: and that if you had any devotion to the day, you should show it at home in the exercises of religion, and not in the streets with pasttime and frolicks. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The houses standing close together, with the wind all was quickly on a flame, and thereby more were burnt to death than was otherwise slain. Some did escape the flames, but were slain with the sword, some hewed to pieces, others run through with their rapiers, so as they were quickly dispatched and very few escaped…. it was a fearful sight to see the Pequot thus frying in the fire and the streams of blood quenching the same, and horrible was the stink and scent thereof, but the victory seemed a sweet sacrifice, and they gave the praise thereof to God. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle might light a thousand, so the light here [in Plymouth Colony] kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation. States. Nations & Nationhood
Yet all this could not suppress the breaking out of sundry notorious sins, … especially drunkenness and uncleaness; not only incontinencie between persons unmarried, for which many both men and women have been punished sharply enough, but some married persons also. But that which is worse, even sodomy and buggery, (things fearful to name) have broke forth in this land Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement