A General History of New England : From the Discovery to MDCLXXX


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with the like success ; for when Governor Prince only
seemed more to favor Philip, as the other gentleman, at
that time commander-in-chief of all the military forces, did
Josiah, Philip conceived such a mortal hatred against the
honorable gentleman, that at last it raised this fatal war,
and ended in the ruin of himself and all his people, and
all those that engaged with him therein.
Mr. Weston’s Plantation of Wasagusquasset.
About this time, viz. towards the end of May,
Anno 1622, it appeared that Mr. Thomas Weston, (who
was one of those adventurers that were first engaged in
the foundation of Plymouth Colony, and, as is said, had
disbursed 500/. to advance the interest thereof,) ob-
serving how the Plantation began to flourish, was
minded to break off and set up for himself, though
little to his advantage, as the sequel proved. When men
are actuated by private interest and are eager to carry
on particular designs of their own, it is the bane of all
generous and noble enterprises, but is very often re-
warded with dishonor and disadvantages to the under-
takers. At the last, this Mr. Weston had gotten for
himself a Patent for some part of the Massachusetts
about Wessagusquaset, by the English since called
Weymouth ; for the carrying on a Plantation there he
sent over two ships on his own particular account; in
the one of them, which came first, were sixty young
men which he ordered to be set ashore at Plymouth,
there to be left till the ship that brought them was re-
turned from Virginia, whither she was to convey the
rest of her passengers; and likewise seven more, that
a little before arrived at Plymouth, sent thither from
Damarill’s Cove, out of a ship employed there by said
Weston and another on a fishing design.3 In the mean
time Mr. Weston’s men were courteously entertained by
them of Plymouth the most part of that summer, many of
them being sick, and all of them wholly unacquainted with
setting up of new Plantations. At the ship’s return from

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