The Compact

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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Signed in the Cabin of the ""Mayflower,"" Now 11th, Old Style, Nov. 21st, new style, 1620. ""In the name of God, amen, we whose names are underwritten, the loyall subjects of our dread sovernigne Lord, King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britaine, Franc and Ireland king, defender of the faith, & c; haveing undertaken, for the glorie of God, and advancements of the Christian faith, and honor if our king and countrie, a voyage to plant the first colonie in the northerne parts of Virginia, doe by these presents solemnly and mutualy in the presence of God, and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politick, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherence of the ends aforesaid; and by vertue bereof to enacte, constitute and frame such just and equall laws, ordenances, acts, constitutions and offices from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the general good of the colonie, unto which we promine all dur submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cap-codd the 11 of November, in the year of the raigne of our sovernigne lord, King James of England, Franc and Ireland the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, ANo Dom 1620

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