From the Governor’s Desk,
Hello members of the Society of Mayflower Descendants in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania!
As you are aware, before the Mayflower Compact, former charters of freedom, notably the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights, were efforts to gain rights from powerful monarchs.
The Mayflower Compact was different. It was the first document to portray power being vested in its people as the Mayflower Pilgrims first acknowledged that the source of power comes from within. In so doing, the Mayflower Pilgrims first established popular constitutional liberty.
The signing of the Mayflower Compact has been studied, praised and held in the highest esteem throughout the world for centuries - as if it were a beacon of light illuminating the world. To quote John Quincy Adams, “the Mayflower Compact is perhaps the only instance in human history of that positive, original social compact, which speculative philosophers have imagined as the only legitimate source of government.”
We will continue to carry high this torch of truth and spread our educational mission throughout the entire Commonwealth as we sail forward together.
Please plan to attend our Annual Meeting and Tea on April 14, 2018 at the Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA at 11 AM. I look forward to seeing you all. I guarantee you will enjoy the annual meeting, our planned festivities and learning more about the “Mayflower Compact Signing.“
Thank you for your membership and involvement and I look forward to meeting you. There is no history like our history. We are blessed and fortunate to host a very important role in America because “We Are Thanksgiving.”
Peter M. Adams, Governor