The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 50, July 1946 - April, 1947 Page: 309
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them in the back. There are twenty-six pages of footnotes, and
these the average historian, as I know him, would have been
glad to see at the bottom of the pages on which the occasion
for their use arose. Perhaps other readers would have enjoyed
reading them, thus conveniently placed.
In the preface Mr. Willison makes clear his reasons for
writing this book. He has found the Pilgrims "praised for
accomplishing what they never attempted or intended." He
has found them also "even more foolishly abused for possessing
attitudes and attributes quite foreign to them." Again, he
has found that "they are still generally confused-to their great
disadvantage-with the Puritans who settled to the north of
them around Boston Bay." He has, therefore, decided to let
the Saints and Strangers of New Plymouth "tell their own
story . . . in their own words. They were always quite able
to speak for themselves," he says, "and never had any diffi-
dence in doing so. They wrote marvelous letters, as fresh and
crisp today as when penned three centuries ago. Though rela-
tively few, their chronicles are remarkably rich in the very
stuff of human life. They will stand forever as a bright clear
mirror of all the hopes and fears that lie closest to men's
Besides the notes in the back of the book, there is an Appen-
dix A, which contains the names of all the settlers in New
Plymouth-saints, strangers, and others-a total of 362 per-
sons. Down through the years four presidents have descended
from the Mayflower immigrants: Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S.
Grant, William Howard Taft, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Appendix B lists the officers of the Old Colony and of the
Pilgrim Church. A selective bibliography covering eight pages
and listing two hundred works of various kinds, under the
headings of Pilgrim Works and Documents, Other Contemp-
orary Sources, and General and Special, indicates the pains-
taking work performed by the author to get the facts for the
story. The index of nineteen pages appears ample.
And the story? Well, I have refrained from discussing any
of its salient points since I felt that I could not do them justice.
After all, you will want to read the story, as many others have
done. I think I can assure you that you will not be satisfied
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