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New York Weekly
v. 32 no. 35
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New York Weekly, v. XXXII, no. 35, July 16, 1877 (Issue)
Shillaber, B. P.
July 16, 1877
On the 11th of November, 1620, the ship Mayflower, Captain Jones, having on board the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, dropped her anchor inside of the arm of Cape Cod, and was safe from the persecution of the sea, which had for two months beset the Pilgrims, her passengers, and, as a waggish member of the party said, was "determined to cause them to throw up their purpose, but did not prevail."
But this was met and settled by the argument that, however mysterious may be the ways of Providence, this never could have been in the Divine mind, but, if there were anything supernatural in it, it was by influence too unwholesome for any well-disposed pilgrim to admit their control, and the least said about them the better.