Of Plymouth Plantation

Governor John Winthrop Character Analysis

John Winthrop was an important figure in early New England history, and the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was a close friend to William Bradford, and exerted a powerful influence on the development of the Plymouth colony. Winthrop was especially influential in negotiating with the Native Americans, and in forming the United Council of New England governors.

Governor John Winthrop Quotes in Of Plymouth Plantation

The Of Plymouth Plantation quotes below are all either spoken by Governor John Winthrop or refer to Governor John Winthrop. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 2, Chapter 15 Quotes

Notice was given a month beforehand, viz.: to Massachusetts, Salem, Piscataqua, and others, requesting them to produce any evidence they could in the case. The place of meeting was Boston. But when the day came, there only appeared some of the magistrates and ministers of Massachusetts and of New Plymouth. As none had come from Piscataqua or other places, Mr. Winthrop and the others said they could do no more than they had done, and the blame must rest with them.

Related Characters: William Bradford (speaker), Governor John Winthrop, Hocking
Page Number: 170-171
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Governor John Winthrop Character Timeline in Of Plymouth Plantation

The timeline below shows where the character Governor John Winthrop appears in Of Plymouth Plantation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 11
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...Plantation. Bradford arranges for Billington to be tried for murder, and Billington is found guilty. John Winthrop , the governor of the Massachusetts Bay, advises Bradford to execute Billington immediately, since Billington,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
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...the condition that they bring him alive. With Gardiner in custody, Bradford sends him to John Winthrop in Boston. (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
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Prince and Bradford try to decide how to handle the Hocking controversy. John Winthrop advises them to hold council with the Massachusetts and Piscataqua colonies. The Pilgrims do so,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 17
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...Narragansett. The Pequot attempt to forge an alliance with the Massachusetts Bay Colony, governed by John Winthrop ; however, Winthrop quickly finds the Pequot to be “a very false tribe,” and breaks... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 18
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...by voicing its support for the war, but without the authority of the General Court. John Winthrop writes a letter to the Plymouth leadership, explaining that he awaits a “full resolution” from... (full context)
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On May 28, 1637, Governor Winthrop sends a letter to the Plymouth colony, reporting that his soldiers have killed dozens of... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 20
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...his own obligations to investors. The colonists are highly reluctant to do so, but ask John Winthrop ’s advice. Winthrop advises the Pilgrims not to send any goods back to Sherley. The... (full context)