The United Colonies of New England, 1643-90

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APPENDIX A
Articles of Confederation, 1643 (PCR, IX, 3-8)
WHERAS wee all came into these parts of America with one and the same end and ayme namely to advance the Kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ and to enjoy the liberties of the Gospell and the same end and ayme namely to advance the Kingdome in puritie with peace and whereas in our settleinge (by a wise providence of God) we are further dispersed vpon the Sea Coasts and Rivers then was at first intended, so that we cannot according to our desire with convenience communicate in one Government and Jurisdiction: And whereas we live encompassed with people of severall Nations and strang languages which hereafter may prove inurious to us or our posteritie. And forasmuch as the Natives have formerly committed sondry insolences and outrages upon severall Plantations of the English and have of late combined themselves against us And seing by reason of those sad distractions in England which they have heard of, and by which they know we are hindred, from that humble way of seekeing advise, or reapeing those comfortable fruits of protection which at other times we might well expecte. Wee therefore doe conceive it our bounden dutye without delay to enter into a present Consotiation amongst our selves, for mutuall help and strength in all our future concernments: That as in Nation and Religion so in other respects we bee and continue One according to the tenor and true meaneing of the ensuing Articles: Wherefore it is fully agreed and concluded by and betweene the parties or Jurisdictions above named and they joyntly and severally doe by these presents agree and conclude That they all bee and henceforth bee called by the name of the UNITED COLONIES OF NEW ENGLAND.
2. The said United Colonies for themselves and their posterities do joyntly and severally hereby enter into a firme and perpetual league of frendship and amytie for offence and defence, mutuall advice and succour upon all just occations both

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