The Cause for the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving in 1623, in their own words

Reformed Fellowship of Bellevue

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Separatist father William Bradford explains the events which led to a celebration of the First Thanksgiving in the English colonies in America.  It was in grateful response to God for a specific providential deliverance in the year that this day was held at Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts in 1623.

Bradford writes,

“I may not here omit how, not withstand all their great pains and industry, and the great hopes of a large cop, the Lord seemed to blast, and take away the same, and to threaten further and more sore famine unto them. By a great drought which continued from the third week in May, till about the middle of July, without any rain and with great heat for the most part, insomuch as the corn began to wither away though it was set with fish, the moisture whereof helped it much. Yet at length it began to languish…

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