The first body of laws,for the new land,The Mayflower Compact, had been signed by the passengers on the Mayflower on November 11, 1620, as follows:
"In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Soverign, Lord King James, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern Parts of Virginia;
Do by these Presents, solemny and mutually in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordening and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitution, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general Good of the Colony; unto we promise all due submission an Obedience. In WITNESS whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the Reign of our Soverign Lord King James of England, France and Ireland, the eighteenth and of Scotland the fifty-fourth. Anno Domini 1620.
Signed, William Mullins and others".