One of the goals of the Winthrop Society is to freely
distribute the texts of original documents by and about the first settlers
of the Massachusetts Bay Commonwealth. These writings express the ideals
and motivation of our Puritan founders, and contain invaluable historical
and genealogical information.
All the following documents have been minimally edited
for spelling and punctuation for ease of comprehension by the modern
reader, but their content is complete and authentic. These editions
are copyrighted by the Winthrop Society, 1996-2003. Readers are welcome
to copy them for their personal use, but reprinting for any wider distribution
is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of an
Officer of The Winthrop Society. We are glad to grant permission for
educational purposes, usually free of charge. Please
PERSONAL MEMOIRS AND CORRESPONDENCE
- Pratt's Memoir of the Wessagussett Plantation,
- A Short and True Description of New England,
by the Rev. Francis Higginson, 1629.
- History of the first settlements
as told by Capt. John Smith, Admiral of New England, 1629.
- Journal of the Crossing of the Atlantic
by John Winthrop, 1630.
- Thomas Dudley's Letter to Lady Bridget,
Countess of Lincoln, 1631.
- Capt. Roger Clapp, an excerpt form his
memoir, recounting his life about the year 1640.
ESSAYS AND RHETORIC
LISTS AND ROSTERS