Source: Mayflower Compact,
William Bradford, 1620
In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, . . . having undertaken for the glory of God, and advancement of the Christian faith, and the honor of our King and country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the northern parts of Virginia, do. . . solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God and one another, covenant [pledge] and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic, for our better ordering and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet [fitting] and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience. In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the eleventh of November, in the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James of England, France, and Ireland, . . . and of Scotland. . . . Anno Domini, 1620.
[Signed by the heads of the families.]