COVENANT.

We, whose names are hereunder written, intending by God’s gracious permission to plant ourselves in New England, and if it may be, in the southerly part, about Quinnipiac: We do faithfully promise, each to each for ourselves and families, and those that belong to us; that we will, the Lord assisting us, sit down and join ourselves together in one intire plantation: and to be helpful each to the other in every common work, according to every man’s ability and as need shall require; and we promise not to desert or leave each other or the plantation, but with the consent of the rest, or the greater part of the company who have entered into this engagement.

As for our gathering together in a church way, and the choice of officers and members to be joined together in that way, we do refer ourselves until such time as it shall please God to settle us in our plantation.

In witness whereof we suscribe our hands, the first day of June, 1639.

ROBERT KITCHELL,
JOHN BISHOP,
FRANCIS BUSHNELL,
WILLIAM CHITTENDEN,
WILLIAM LEETE,
THOMAS JOANES,
JOHN JURDON,
WILLIAM STONE,
HENRY WHITFIELD,
ABRAHAM CRUTTENDEN,
WILLIAM HALLE,
HENRY KINGSNORTH,
THOMAS COOK.
JOHN HOADLY,
JOHN STONE,
WILLIAM PLANE,
RICHARD GUTRIDGE,
JOHN HUGHES,
WILLIAM DUDLEY,
JOHN PARMELIN,
JOHN MEPHAM,
THOMAS NORTON,
FRANCIS CHATFIELD,
THOMAS NAISH,
HENRY DOUDE,