Wednesday, November 23, 2005

First Thanksgiving Letter Revealing

Edward Winslow's letter of December 11, 1621, remains the only near contempory account of the first Thanksgiving by the Pilgrims.

Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after have a special manner rejoice together after we had gathered the fruit of our labors; they four in one day killed as much fowl, as with a little help beside, served the company almost a week, at which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and among the rest their greatest King Massasoit, with some ninety men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five deer, which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our governor, and upon the captain, and others. And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so far from want that we often wish you partakers of our plenty.

1 comment:

Jim and Cathy Peschke said...

Boy that first sentence is a doozy. Next time my husband accuses me of excessively long sentences I will remind him of the sentence above.

I found your site via educationmatters.us. Good luck with the book.

Cathy
Citizens for Reasonable And Fair Taxes
www.noreferendum.org