Partake of our plenty

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 5:45pm

Edward Winslow was a polymath: diplomat, printer, writer, politician. He also, in a little-known book called “Mourt’s Relation,” first written in 1620 and 1621, and rediscovered in the 19th century, includes one of the first descriptions of the gathering that occurred in the late fall of 1621 between the Pilgrims and native people’s of the region. Historians believe it is the single most important document that provides the framework and sentiments attached to the modern version of our Thanksgiving holiday.

"Our harvest being gotten in, our governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruits 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 amongst 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."

We wish you a happy, bountiful Thanksgiving.