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Mayflower, Day by Day - Saturday, 19 December 1620

19 Dec 2020 3:06 AM | Soule (Administrator)

At anchor in harbour

“A fair, sunshining day.”  Burying-party sent ashore to bury James Chilton.  Passengers continued to fetch wood and water.

And on the other side of the Bay …

The exploration party now realised they were on a heavily wooded island, and since John Clark, one of the Mayflower’s crew, had been the first to set foot on it, they named the island after him.  “We marched about it and found no inhabitants at all, and here we made our rendezvous all that day,” drying their clothes and doing what they could to repair the shallop after yesterday's disastrous events.


  • 29 Dec 2020 9:07 AM | Mary Ellen Gilliland
    I ran across James Chilton while researching for my new book on George Soule. I was grieved to discover that James and his daughter, while still in Leiden, Holland before the Mayflower sailing, were surrounded by rowdy boys and harassed in a frightening way. Yelling, catcalls and insults were hurled at them. Worse yet, one of these youths threw a rock which hit James Chilton in the head, injuring him. To know that he died before realizing his dream of a life free of religious persecution in the New World is sad. At least the fact that he was buried by his loving compatriots on a "fair, sunshining day" in that New World lends comfort.
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