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To the most high and mightie Prince, James by the grace of God
King of Great Britaine, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith , &c.
The translators of The Bible,wish Grace, Mercie, and Peace, through Jesus Christ *our Lord.

Great and manifold were the blessings (most dread Soveraigne) which Almighty GOD, the Father of all Mercies, bestowed upon us the people of ENGLAND, when first he sent your Majesties Royall person to rule and raigne over us. For whereas it was the expectation of many, who wished not well unto our ZION, that upon the setting of that bright Occidentall Starre Queene ELIZABETH of most happy memory, some thicke and palpable cloudes of darkenesse would so have overshadowed this land, that men should have bene in doubt which way they were to walke, and that it should hardly be knowen, who was to direct the unsetled State: the appearance of your MAJESTIE, as of the Sunne in his strength, instantly dispelled those supposed and surmised mists, and gave unto all that were well affected, exceeding cause of comfort; especially when we beheld the government established in your HIGHNESSE, and your hopefull Seed, by an undoubted Title, and this also accompanied with Peace and tranquillitie, at home and abroad.

* Note – this is not some generic reference to some God or even god.  This names our precious Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen!

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Mayflower  Compact

In the name of God, Amen.  We whose names are

under-written, the loyal subjects of our dread

sovereign Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of

Great Britain, France, and Ireland King, Defender of

the Faith, etc.

 

Having undertaken, for the glory of God, and

advancement of the Christian faith, and honor of

our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first

colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do by these

presents solemnly and mutually, in the presence of

God, and one of another, covenant and combine our

selves together into a civil body politic, for our better

ordering and preservation and furtherance of the

ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact,

constitute, and frame such just and equal laws,

ordinances, acts, constitutions and offices, from

time to time, as shall be thought most meet and

convenient for the general good of the Colony, unto

which we promise all due submission and

obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunder

subscribed our names at Cape Cod, the eleventh of

November in the year of the reign of our sovereign

lord, King James, of England, France, and Ireland,

the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth.

Anno Dom. 1620.

On this date, 11/11 in 1620 the Mayflower Compact was signed by 41 men.  It was held as law until 1691.

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