New English Canaan Thomas Morton 1637 New English Canaan Printed for Charles Greene, and are sold in Pauls Church-yard South London 1637 Transcribed from a facsimile in Early English Books Online CHAP. XI. Of the maintaining of their Reputation. REputation is such a thing, that it keepes many men in awe, even amongst Civilized nations, and is very much stood upon: it is (as one hath very well noted) the awe of great men and of Kings, and since I have observed it, to be maintained amongst Salvage people, I cannot chuse but give an instance thereof in this treatise, to confirme the common receaved opi- nion thereof. The Sachem or Sagamore of Sagus made choise, (when hee came to mans estate) of a Lady of noble dis- cent, Daughter to Papasiquineo: the Sachem or Saga- more of the territories neare Merrimack River a man of the best note and estimation in all those parts (and as my Countryman Mr. Wood declares in his prospect) a great Nigromancer, this Lady the younge Sachem with the consent and good liking of her father marries, and takes for his wife. Great entertainement, hee and his receaved in those parts at her fathers hands, where they weare fested in the best manner that might be ex- pected, according to the Custome of their nation, with reveling, and such other solemnities as is usuall amongst them. The solemnity being ended, Papasiquineo causes a selected number of his men to waite upon his Daughter home: into those parts that did properly be- long to her Lord, and husband, where the attendants had entertainment by the Sachem of Sagus and his Countrymen: the solemnity being ended, the atten- dants were gratified. Not long after the new married Lady had a great desire to see her father, and her native country, from whence shee came, her Lord willing to pleasure her, and not deny her request (amongst them) thought to be reasonable commanded a selected number of his owne men to conduct his Lady to her Father; wherwith great respect they brought her: and having feasted there a while, returned to their owne country againe, leaving the Lady to continue there at her owne pleasure, a- mongst her friends, and old acquaintance: where shee passed away the time for a while: and in the end desired to returne to her Lord againe. Her father the old Papa- siquineo having notice of her intent, sent some of his men on ambassage to the younge Sachem, his sonne in law, to let him understand that his daughter was not willing, to absent her selfe from his company any lon- ger; and therfore (as the messengers had in charge) desi- red the younge Lord to send a convoy for her but hee standing upon tearmes of honor, and the maintaining of his reputatiƍ, returnd to his father in law this answere that when she departed from him, hee caused his men to waite upon her to her fathers territories, as it did become him: but now shee had an intent to returne, it did become her father, to send her back with a convoy of his own people: and that it stood not with his reputa- tion to make himself or his men so servile, to fetch her againe. The old Sachem Papasiquineo having this mes- sage returned, was inraged? to think that his young son in law did not esteeme him at a higher rate, then to ca- pitulate with him about the matter, and returne him this sharpe reply; that his daughters bloud, and birth deser- ved no more respect; then to be so slighted, and there- fore if he would have her company, hee were best to send or come for her. The younge Sachem not willing to under value himselfe, and being a man of a stout spirit, did not stick to say, that hee should either send her, by his owne Convey, or keepe her; for hee was not determined to stoope so lowe. So much these two Sachems stood upon tearme of reputation with each other, the one would not sen her, and the other would not send for her, least it should be any diminishing of honor on his part, that shoul seeme to comply, that the Lady (when I came ou of the Country) remained still with her father; whic is a thinge worth the noting, that Salvage peopl should seeke to maintaine their reputation so muc as they doe. Positive descriptive word used for Native Americans. Neutral descriptive word used for Native Americans. Negative descriptive word used for Native Americans. References to Native words or terminology. References to Native religion. References to colonial religion. Gendered language or references to gender. References to colonists/English ideas. References to nature.