(Repeat from November 2015)
I wish all a glorious Thanksgiving for 2016. I thank all who have been keeping up with my blog postings relating to William Bradford and the Pilgrims. I conclude our November with A History of Plymouth Plantation with the actual text of Bradford’s version of the first Thanksgiving:
They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercised in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was a great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to the proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year. I’ll resume The Literary Life after the New Year.