This week we will feature a series of quotes taken from Quotations : An Exhaustive Collection of Profound Quotes from Founding Fathers, Presidents, Statesmen, Scientists, Constitutions, Court Decisions . . . (CD version) by William J. Federer, 2001, AmeriSearch: St. Louis, MO.
Mayflower Compact (November 11, 1620), was America’s first great governmental document, signed by the Pilgrims before they disembarked from their ship, the Mayflower. This covenant, revolutionary in its concept of individuals mutually and voluntarily submitting themselves to each other under God, has influenced all other American constitutional instruments since. The Mayflower Compact stated:
In ye name of God, Amen. We whose names are underwriten, the loyall subjects of our dread soveraigne Lord, King James, by ye grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, & Ireland king, defender of ye faith, etc., having undertaken, for ye glorie of God, and advancemente of ye Christian faith, and honour of our king & countrie, a voyage to plant ye first colonie in ye Northerne parts of Virginia,
doe by these presents solemnly & mutually in ye presence of God, and one of another, covenant & combine our selves togeather into a civill body politick, for our better ordering & preservation & furtherance of ye ends aforesaid;
and by vertue hearof to enacte, constitute, and frame such just & equall lawes, ordinances, acts, constitutions & offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete & convenient for ye generall good of ye Colonie, unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.
In witnes wherof we have hereunder subscribed our names at Cap-Codd ye 11. of November, in ye year of ye raigne of our soveraigne lord, King James, of England, France, & Ireland ye eighteenth, and by Scotland ye fiftie fourth. Ano:Dom. 1620.