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Compiled by, and introduction by, Stacy B. C. Wood, Jr.

Front cover of Mourt's RelationMourt’s Relation is the earliest known eyewitness account of the Pilgrims’ first seven months in New England plus a few additional events up through November 1621. It was published in 1622 in London. Its writing precedes William Bradford’s account, Of Plimoth Plantation, by a decade and the subsequent publication of Bradford’s by 234 years. Mourt’s Relation, as it is commonly known, in fact has a seventy word title: A Relation Or Journal of the beginning and proceedings of the English Plantation settled at Plymouth in New England, by certain English Adventurers both Merchants and others. With their difficult passage, their safe arrival, their joyful building of, and comfortable planting themselves in the now well defended town of New Plymouth. As Also a Relation of Four several discoveries since made by some of the same English Planters there resident. (The titles of the four discourses then follow.) Thus it is obviously known by its short title, Mourt’s Relation, a G. Mourt having written the introduction. As no authors’ names appear, scholars believe that, based on known writing style, it was written by William Bradford and Edward Winslow. Also missing is a much needed index.

The following index is compiled from the Dwight B. Heath modernized, and indexless, edition published as Mourt’s Relation, A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth (Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1963). References to God and the Apostles are not included. Footnotes are indicated by “n”. It consists of two parts: Events and Names.

Events:

Allerton child still born 22 Dec 1620: 41
“Billington Sea” visited by Francis Billington 8 Jan 1621: 44
Cape Cod area exploration by Shallop 6-12 Dec 1620: 31
Clarke’s Island explored 9 Dec 1620: 39
Cold Harbor 15-17, 27-30 Nov 1620: 23, 25
Common house roof 1st fire 14 Jan 1621: 47
Common house roof 2nd fire: 9 Feb 1621: 48
Corn Hill - native corn and kettle dug up 15-17, 27-30 Nov 1620: 22
Departure from Plymouth, England 6 Sep 1620: 15
Canon brought ashore: 21 Feb 1620: 50
Emigration from England reasons by Robert Cushman: 88
Enslavement of natives previously by Capt. Hunt recounted: 52
First Encounter with natives: 7 Dec 1620: 35
First entertainment of the natives 18 Mar 1621: 53“First” Thanksgiving recounted: 82
First house construction preparation begins 23 Dec 1620: 42
First sighting of natives 15-17 Nov 1620: 20
Fort remains on Cape Cod discovered 15-17 Nov 1620: 22
Fresh water discovered 15-17 Nov 1620: 20
Grampus Bay: 6 Dec 1620: 33
John Carver chosen 1st Governor 23 Mar 1621: 59
John Goodman and Peter Brown become lost 12 Jan 1621: 45
“Lions” roaring 13 Jan 1621: 46
Massachusetts Kingdom visited: 77
Massasoit’s first visit 22 Mar 1621: 56
Massasoit visited at Pokanoket 10 Jun 1621: 60
Mayflower Compact 11 Nov 1620: 17
Mayflower departure letter by Pastor John Robinson: 9
Mayflower disaster by Billington averted: 5 Dec 1620: 31
Mayflower landfall in New England 9 Nov 1620: 15
Mayflower moves to Plymouth Harbor 15-16 Dec 1620: 38
Myles Standish made Captain of militia: 17 Feb 1621: 49
Native canoes discovered 15-17 Nov 1620: 23
Native graveyard discovered: 15-17 Nov 1620: 21; 6 Dec 1620: 34
Native houses examined 3 Nov 1620: 28
Nauset Kingdom visited to recover Billington child: 69
Nemasket Kingdom visited to avenge reported death of Squanto: 73
New England described by Edward Winslow 11 Dec 1621: 81
New Plymouth chosen for settlement 19 Dec 1620: 40
New Plymouth construction begins 9 Jan 1621: 44
New Plymouth discovered 12 Dec 1620: 38
New Plymouth explored 18-19 Dec 1620: 39
New Plymouth fort begun: 28 Dec 1620: 42
New Plymouth laid out 28 Dec 1620: 42
Remains of European unearthed 27-30 Nov 1620: 27
Samoset’s first visit to settlement 16 Mar 1621: 50
Shallop assembled 13 Nov 1620: 19
Shore party #1 of 15 or 16 men 11 Nov 1620: 18
Shore party #2 of 16 men 15-17 Nov 1620: 19
Shore party #3 with 34 men 27-30 Nov 1620: 24
Squanto’s first visit 22 Mar 1621: 55
Thievish Harbor: 31
Tools taken by natives 16 Feb 1621: 49
Treaty with the natives: 22 Mar 1621: 56
William Bradford caught in deer snare 15-17 Nov 1620: 23
William Bradford taken gravely ill 11 Jan 1621: 45
Wolves attack settlement dogs 19 Jan 1621: 47

Names:

Adams, John: 84n
Adams, John Quincy: 17n
Adams, Thomas R.: xvii
Alexander: 57n
Alden, John: 18n
Allerton, Isaac: 18n, 58
Allerton, John: 18n, 32
Allerton, Mary: 41
Apannow: 83n
Aspinet: 70, 71
Basset, William: 84n
Beale, William: 84n
Billington, Francis: 31, 44
Billington, John: 18n
Bompasse, Edward: 84n
Bradford, William: x, xiii(4), 16n, 18n,19, 23, 32, 45, 47, 60n, 77n, 85n
Brewster, Jonathan: 84n
Brewster, William: xv, 18n
Briggs, Clement: 84n
Briggs, Rose T.: xvii
Britteridge, Richard: 18n
Brown, John Carter: xvii, xxiii
Browne, Peter: 18n, 45
Cannon, John: 84n
Carver, Master John: 18n, 24, 32, 44, 45, 47, 50, 59
Caunbatant: 83n
Cawnacome: 83n
Charles, Prince: xxiii, 61n
Chikkatabak: 83n
Chilton, James: 18n
Clarke, Master: 32
Clarke, Richard: 18n
Conner, William; 85n
Cook, Francis: 18n, 49
Cooper, Anna Mae: xvii
Coppin, Master Robert: 31, 32, 37
Corbiant: 73(2), 74(4), 75(3)
Couter, E. Lawrence: xvii
Crackstone, John: 18n
Cushman, Robert: xi(3), xiv, 5n, 85n, 96n
Cushman, Thomas: 85n
Dean, Stephen: 85n
de Champlain, Samuel: xvii, xviii, 7n
de la Noye, Philip: 85n
de Verrazzano, Giovanni: 7n
Dermer, Captain Thomas: 52
Dexter, Henry M.: xvin
Doten/Dotte, Edward: 18n, 32
Eaton, Francis: 18n
English, Thomas: 18n, 32
Flavell, Thomas: 85n
Fletcher, Moses: 18n
Ford, Widow: 85n
Fuller, Edward: 18n
Fuller, Samuel: 18n
Freeman, David: xvii
Gardiner, Richard: xi, 18n
Giddings, J. L.: xvii
Goodman, John: 18n, 45, 46, 47
Gorges, Sir Fernando: 4n, 52, 52n
Gosnold, Bartholomew: 7n
Hanna, Lucille: xvii
Heath, Dwight B.: xvii
Hicks, Robert: 85n
Hilton, William: 85n
Hobomok: 73, 74(2), 75(3)
Hopkins, Stephen: 18n, 19, 23, 32, 49, 52, 60
Howland, John: 18n, 32
Hunt, Captain Thomas: x, 52, 55, 70(2)
Huttamoiden: 83n
Iyanough: 70(2), 71, 72(2)
James I, King: xv, xvi, 8, 17, 18, 55, 57, 66(3), 66n, 78, 83, 83n, 91, 92(2), 93
Jones, Master: 20, 24(2), 25(2), 26, 37, 44
Leaver, Master: 45
Leister, Edward: 18n
MacDonald, N.: xvii
Margeson, Edmond: 18n
Martin, Master Christopher: 18n, 43
Massasoit: ix, xii, 52(2), 55, 57n, 60, 62, 63, 65(3), 66(2), 67(2), 71, 73(4), 74, 75(2), 78,
82, 83, 92
Metacom: 57n
Morgan, Bennet: 85n
Morton, George: xiv, xv(3), 8n, 81n, 86n
Morton, Nathaniel: 18n, 83n
Morton, Thomas: 85n
Mourt, G.: x(2), xiv, xv(2), 8
Mullins, William: 18n
Nanepashemet: 78, 78n, 79
Nattawahunt: 83n
Nichols, Austin: 85n
Obbatinewat: 78
Obbatinnua: 83n
Ohquamehud: 83n
Palmer, William: 85n
Peirce, John: 3n(2)
Philip, King: viii, 57n
Pitt, William: 85n
Prence, Thomas: 85n(2)
Prince, Thomas: xiv, xivn
Priest, Digory: 18n
Pyle, Arthur H.: xvii
Quadequina: 55(2), 56, 57, 83n
Ridgedale, John: 18n
Robinson, John: xii, 14n, 17n
Rogers, Thomas: 18n
Samoset: 54(2), 55, 55n, 58, 59
Simonson, Moses: 85n
Slaine, Master John: 55
Smith, Captain John: xvii, xxiii(6), 7n, 52n, 61n(2)
Soule, George: 18n
Squanto: 7n, 55, 55n, 58, 59(2), 60, 63, 65, 67, 69, 70(2), 73(2), 74, 75(3), 77(2), 79
Stacie, Hugh: 85n
Standish, Capt. Miles: xxiii, 18n, 19, 32, 35, 43, 49(3), 54, 56, 58, 77, 92
Stefani, Muriel: xvii
Stewart, James: 85n
Tench, William: 85n
Tilley, Edward: 18n, 19, 32(2)
Tilley, John: 18n, 32
Tinker, Thomas: 18n
Tokamahamon: 67, 68, 69, 73(2), 75(2)
Turner, John: 18n
Wamsutta: 57n(2)
Warren, Richard: 18n, 32
Waymouth, George: 7n
White, Peregrine: 31
White, Susanna: 31
White, William: 18n
Williams, Thomas: 18n, 56n
Williamson, Master: 56, 56n
Willison, George: vii
Winslow, Edward: xiii(3), 18n, 32, 55, 60, 87n
Winslow, Gilbert: 18n
Winslow, John: 85n
Wright, William: 85n
Young, Alexander: xvi