The United Colonies of New England, 1643-90

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APPENDIX B
Articles of Confederation, 1672 (PCR, X, 346-51)
WHERAS wee all came into these partes of America with one and the same end and aime, viz: To advance the Kingdome of our Lord Jesus Christ; and to Injoy the Liberties of the Gospell in puritie with peace; And wheras in our settleing by a wise providence of God wee are further dispersed upon the sea coasts and Rivers then was first Intended; soe that wee can not according to our desire with conveniency comunicate in one Government and Jurisdiction; and wheras wee are compased with people of severall Nations and strange Languages; which heerafter may prove injurious to us and our posteritie and forasmuch as the Natives; have formerly comited sundry Insolencyes; and outrages upon severall Plantations of the English; and have severall times combined themselves against us; and seing by reason of our distance from England (our deare native Countrey) wee are hindred both from that humble way of seeking advice and reaping those comfortable fruites of protection which wee might otherwise well expect; wee therfore doe accoumpt in our duty; as well as safety To enter into a confeaderation for mutuall healp and succor in all our future concernments; that as in Nation and religion; soe in other respects; wee be and continew one; according to the tenure and true meaning of the Insuing articles;
1. WHERFORE it is agreed and concluded by and between the parties or Jurisdictions above named and they doe Joyntly and severally by these presents agree and conclude that they all bee, and henceforth be called by the name of the united Collonies of New England;
2. The said united Collonies for themselves and theire posterities doe Joyntly and severally heerby entere into a feirme and perpetuall League of friendshipp and amity; mutuall advise and succor upon all Just occasions; both for preserveing and propagateing the truth and liberties of the Gospell; and for

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