James Sherley is an important business partner for the Pilgrims in Plymouth. Beginning in 1629, he’s tasked with all the colonists’ business affairs in England—above all, paying off their debts and arranging for a land patent. It’s unclear from Bradford’s account how loyal Sherley is to the Pilgrims: at several points, he seems to be colluding with Isaac Allerton, charging the Pilgrims for shipments that never arrive and assuring that Allerton still has their best interests at heart. However, Sherley also helps the Pilgrims sue Allerton, and faithfully enacts their wishes during his time in England.
James Sherley Quotes in Of Plymouth Plantation
The Of Plymouth Plantation quotes below are all either spoken by James Sherley or refer to James Sherley. 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: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Publisher edition of Of Plymouth Plantation published in 0.).
Book 2, Chapter 21 Quotes
Now, blessed be God, times are so much changed here that I hope to see many of you return to your native country again, and have such freedom and liberty as the word of God prescribes.
Related Characters: James Sherley (speaker)
Page Number and Citation:
Explanation and Analysis:
James Sherley Character Timeline in Of Plymouth Plantation
The timeline below shows where the character James Sherley appears in Of Plymouth Plantation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 9
...the Pilgrims will pay off their debts over six years. On November 17th, 1628, James Sherley sends the colonists notice that, although the colony has sent back beaver and otter skins,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 10
...living in Holland were able to form a thriving colony in the New World. James Sherley sends letters to Bradford, explaining that the colony has become profitable to the point where... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 12
...hand of God.” Business begins to run smoothly, and Winslow sends supplies from England. However, Sherley charges the shipment from the White Angel to the Pilgrims, despite the fact that, according... (full context)
...than allowing it to make shipments on the Pilgrims’ behalf. “To this day,” Bradford reports, Sherley and Allerton control the ship. On November 19th, 1631, Sherley sends a letter to Bradford,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 13
Book 2, Chapter 14
In 1633, Edward Winslow becomes the new governor. Ships return from England, bearing news from Sherley about Allerton’s finances. Sherley regretfully explains that he’s been unable to make any progress in... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 15
Book 2, Chapter 16
Book 2, Chapter 17
Book 2, Chapter 18
Book 2, Chapter 19
...from England, explaining that the investors have been unable to obtain any money from Mr. Sherley. Investors have also failed to obtain high prices for the goods the Pilgrims shipped them,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 20
...Plymouth Plantation receives a few important letters from England, requesting further goods to help Mr. Sherley pay off his own obligations to investors. The colonists are highly reluctant to do so,... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 21
...original shareholders living on the Plymouth Plantation must decide how to close their affairs with Sherley. They make detailed records of all their debts to Sherley, and come up with the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 22
In 1642, the Pilgrims finally resolve their disagreements with English investors. On June 14th, James Sherley writes a letter to the Plymouth colonists, explaining that he will make good on the... (full context)