The Sailing of the "Lyon"
seemed at this
time as if the Lord
had set His face
against the rearing
of a nation in this
new land, which he had given to the brown men for their
homes, and Susan and I were not the only ones who
came to believe we were offending Him in some way
by thus having come here.
Then Governor Winthrop caused it to be known
throughout the town that he had hired Captain
Pierce, of the ship Lyon, which was then in Salem
Harbor, to go with all haste to the nearest town in
England, there to get for us as much of food as could
This news cheered the people somewhat, for now was
the season when the winds blew strong, and it was
believed the ship would have speedy passage. In
deed, some of the women declared she must return
before the middle of October, and said so much
concerning such possibility, that in time they came to
believe it true. Therefore, when the month of October
had nearly passed, their disappointment was great, and
they were more despondent than at first.