Mourt’s Relation continued:
“(Samoset) told us the place where we now live is called Patuxet,
and that about four years ago all the inhabitants died of an extraordinary plague, and there is neither man, woman, nor child remaining, as indeed we have found none, so as there is none to hinder our possession, or to lay claim unto it.
All the afternoon we spent in communication with him; we would gladly have been rid of him at night, but he was not willing to go this night.
Then we thought to carry him on shipboard, wherewith he was well content, and went into the shallop (small boat), but the wind was high and the water scant, that it could not return back.
We lodged him that night at Stephen Hopkins’ house, and watched him …”