Of Plymouth Plantation

Thomas Weston is an English merchant, investor, and arguably one of the main antagonists of the book. Initially he helps the English separatists obtain and negotiate a charter with the Virginia Company, whereby they’ll sail to the Plymouth plantation and slowly pay off their debts. However, Weston soon begins to manipulate the Pilgrims, threatening to withhold supply shipments unless they pay him more money. Although Weston ends his relationship with the Virginia Company in 1622, he goes on to pursue his own colony in a different part of America. However, Weston falls deep into debt, and angers the British crown by illegally selling goods and shipping licenses. Later on, he’s arrested, and dies of plague in Bristol.

Thomas Weston Quotes in Of Plymouth Plantation

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Book 1, Chapter 6 Quotes

About this time they heard both from Mr. Weston and others, that sundry honorable lords had obtained a large grant from the King, of the more northerly parts of the country arising out of the Virginia Company's patent, but wholly separated from its government, and to be called by another name, viz., New England.

Related Characters: William Bradford (speaker), Thomas Weston, King James I
Page Number: 23
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Book 1, Chapter 7 Quotes

Mr. Weston also came up from London to see them embark, and to have the conditions confirmed; but they refused, and told him that he knew well that they were not according to the first agreement, nor could they endorse them without the consent of the rest in Holland. In fact they had special orders when they came away, from the chief men of the congregation, not to do it. At this he was much offended, and told them in that case they must stand on their own legs; so he returned to London in displeasure. They lacked about 100 pounds to clear their obligations; but he would not disburse a penny, and left them to shift as they could. So they were forced to sell some of their provisions…

Related Characters: William Bradford (speaker), Thomas Weston
Page Number: 33
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Book 1, Chapter 6
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...decision to sail to Virginia, while others still want to sail to Guyana. Next, Thomas Weston, a merchant with whom Brewster and Robinson had been friendly, begins to change course. Weston... (full context)
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Along with his proposal for sailing to a new part of America, Weston introduces a new contract with the congregants. Previously, Weston had assured Robinson that he would... (full context)
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In response to Weston’s new demands, John Robinson writes a letter to Robert Cushman, the congregants’ agent in England,... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 7
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...Southampton, the English reformers, now calling themselves Pilgrims, have to close their business with Cushman. Weston arrives to gives the Pilgrims provisions and help with clearing their financial obligations. But when... (full context)
Book 1, Chapter 8
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...complaining about the lengthy process of repairing the smaller ship. He also complains that Mr. Weston is being unreasonable in demanding new conditions for the Pilgrims’ contract. Some Pilgrims point out... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 2
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The ship also comes to the Plymouth colony bearing a letter from Weston to the now deceased Carver. In the letter, Weston berates Carver for failing to send... (full context)
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...end of May, a boat arrives, which has come from a fishing vessel sent by Weston. The boat, containing seven passengers, brings the Pilgrims a letter from Mr. Weston, explaining that... (full context)
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The boat brings another letter from Weston to John Carver, explaining that many of the “adventurers” (i.e., investors) have been convinced to... (full context)
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William Bradford receives a third letter from Weston, this one addressed to him. Weston, now aware that Carver is dead, explains to Bradford... (full context)
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...one more letter, this one from Robert Cushman. Cushman greets Bradford warmly, and mentions that Weston intends to sail to America on the next available boat, though Cushman isn’t sure why.... (full context)
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A ship arrives, sent by Weston, and the Pilgrims decide to welcome and entertain the ship, even though its men are... (full context)
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By the end of the harvest, the settlers who arrived on Weston’s ship earlier in the year have settled in Massachusetts. They experience famine, and write to... (full context)
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Weston receives word that his men in Massachusetts have fallen on hard times, and he travels... (full context)
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In Plymouth, Weston asks to borrow beaver skins from the Pilgrims. He claims that a ship bearing supplies... (full context)
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Later in the year, Thomas Weston arrives in a small ship to again inspect his settlers in Massachusetts. While he’s in... (full context)
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Captain Gorges issues a warrant for the arrest of Mr. Weston. Bradford is sorry to hear this news, and tries to persuade Gorges to desist. However,... (full context)