Fellow-exile with the Pilgrims in Holland,afterwards their chief agent in England.Arrived here IX November, MDCXXI,with Thomas Cushman his son;Preached IX December,his memorable sermon on "The danger of self-loveand the sweetness of true friendship."Returned to England XIII December,to vindicate the enterprise of Christian emigration,and there remained in the service of the colonytill MDCXXV,when having prepared to make Plymouthhis permanent home.< Right Side of Monument : >Thomas Cushman,Son of Robert, Died · X · December, MDCXCI,aged nearly · LXXXIV · years,For more than · XLII · years he wasRuling Elderof the First Church in Plymouth,by whom a tablet was placed, to mark his grave,on this spot,now consecrated anew by a more enduring memorial.Mary,Widow of Elder Cushman and daughter of Isaac Allerton,Died · XXVIII · November, MDCXCIX, Aged about · XC · years,the last survivor of the first comers in the Mayflower.< Back of Monument : >He died, lamented by the Forefathers as "Their ancient friend, - who was as their right hand with their friends the adventurers, and for divers years had done and agitated all their business with them to their great
advantage."—————————— "And you, my loving friends, the adventurers to this plantation, as your care has been first to settle religion here before either profit or popularity, so, I pray you, go on. ———————- I rejoice ———————- that you thus honor God with your riches, and I trust you shall be repaid again double and treble in this world, yea, and the memory of this action shall never die."Dedication of the sermon.< Left Side of Monument : >Erectedbythe descendants ofRobert Cushmanin memory of their Pilgrim ancestorsXVI · September, MDCCCLVIII.