November 2020 Newsletter
We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is important for us to remember that there is much to be thankful for, even in these turbulent times.
November was the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims landing at Plymouth on November 9, 1620, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Their course was the Virginia Colony, but storms blew the Mayflower off course with only 102 passengers including their companion craftsmen. After a terrible cold Winter, only half survived. (That was 12 years before my ancestor, Lionel Chute, landed at Boston to settle in Ipswich, Mass.) Massasoit and Squanto Indian tribes helped them to grow food, find game and to fish, otherwise none might have survived. Thanksgiving was a day proclaimed the following year to celebrate survival with their Gods, friends and saviors, the Indians, in attendance.
Another Historic event preceded the landing near Plymouth. The settlers had escaped a brutal English Society to establish a new country, a New Israel, as they hopefully called it. A land of freedom and hope for the individual. They gathered one day on the stormy seas to agree for a compact to settle disagreements between the Pilgrims and the other passengers. The agreement became the Mayflower Compact which was in writing, a promise to each other to form a government of consent. Its laws would bind them all without religious or political discrimination. They were all bound by one and subservience to the government. At the conclusion of signing this compact, which they were not compelled to sign, they elected their first Governor. They had created the first experiment in consensual government in Western history between individuals with one another and not with a monarch (such as the Magna Carter in 1215). This was the first step away from English governance and the giant step towards the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
A second historic event taking place in November was the prophetic vision of George Washington, during the desolate winter at Valley Forge of 1777-78 with the Revolutionary War going very badly. He was alone at his quarters when a beautiful angelic luminous being appeared. As he gazed at her, Washington felt as though he was dying or dissolving. Her voice said, “son of the Republic, look and learn.” Washington then saw a shadowy angel and visions of war and heard the groans and cries of his countrymen. (Josiah Chute was there and later wounded at the Battle of Monmouth.) Then the clouds disappeared, and towns and cities sprung up all across America. This was the Revolutionary War.
Again, the mysterious voice spoke, “Son of the Republic, the end of the century cometh, look and learn.” The dark angel appeared again and a specter from Africa approached and the people armed themselves and battled against each other. (William Chute was in the Southern Union Army with General Sherman and in the Grand Review in Washington afterward.) As the fighting raged a bright angel appeared, carrying the American flag, and wearing a crown of light that bore the words, Union”. She planted the flag and said, “Remember ye are brethren.” And instantly the fighting stopped. This was the Civil War.
Again, the voice spoke: “Son of the Republic, look and learn.” Washington saw the shadowy angel blow three blasts on a trumpet and storm clouds formed over Europe, Asia, and Africa. Hordes of armed men, who moved with the cloud, marched by land, and sailed by sea to America. The armies devastated the land. Then the voice again said, “Son of the Republic, look and learn,” and the dark angel blew the trumpet. “Instantly a light as of a thousand suns shone down from above me and pierced and broke into fragments the dark cloud which enveloped America,” and the bright angel with crown and flag descended with “Legions of white spirits” who joined the nearly defeated Americans, giving them new strength to fight. The shadowy angel sprinkled more ocean water on America, and the dark clouds carried away the invading armies. This is the coming war.
The mysterious voice told Washington: “Son of the Republic, what you have seen is thus interpreted: Three great perils will come on the Republic. The most fearful is the third, but in this greatest conflict the whole world united shall not prevail against her. Let every child of the Republic learn to live for his God, his land and the Union.”
We must all look beyond the internal political stresses tearing our country asunder to remember the greatness of the American Union must be saved. It has always been fought for and many people have died to save our country. “Children of the Republic, look and learn.”
May God bless all of us, the people of America who would fight to preserve it and the Constitution.
The December Client Newsletter will cover tax events and changes for the new year.
Phil Chute, EA, Nett, Leslie, and Sarah