A new era of peace
After the (unsuccessful) expedition to capture Corbitant, Governor Bradford received “many Gratulations from diverse Sachems and much firmer Peace.” The show of force in the midnight raid, no matter how disorganised and confused, had won the Pilgrims some new respect. Epenow, the sachem in (what is now) Martha’s Vineyard, and the leader who had attacked Dermer several years ago, made overtures of friendship. Even Corbitant himself let it be known that he now wanted to make peace. Massasoit was by now back in Sowams, and now that the Pilgrims had proved themselves loyal and resolute supporters, a new era of peace settled over the region. Even Canonicus, chief sachem of the Narragansetts, sent a messenger to treat of Peace.
Lying at anchor, Dartmouth Harbour [Wednesday, 26 August 1620]
The Speedwell, being thoroughly overhauled for leaks, was pronounced “as open and leaky as a sieve.” The carpenters found a loose plank three feet long and admitting water freely, “as at a mole hole”; the seams had also opened some. There was much dissatisfaction and discontent between the passengers and the ship’s “governour” Christopher Martin, between whom and Robert Cushman, the “assistant,” there is constant disagreement. Cushman portrays the contemptible character and manner of Martin very sharply, and could not have wished to punish him worse for his meannesses than he did, by thus holding him up to the scorn of the world for all time. He says, inter alia: “If I speak to him, he flies in my face and saith no complaints shall be heard or received but by himself, and saith: ‘They are froward, and waspish, discontented people, and I do ill to hear them.’”