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Morton`s layout of names may not have been the provision on the original document, and the names on the original might not be arranged in an orderly manner. Prince`s numbers are based solely on Morton, as he said himself. [8] In 1802, future President John Quincy Adams stressed in Plymouth the continuing importance of the agreement signed more than 180 years earlier aboard the Mayflowers, citing it “perhaps the only example in human history of this positive, original social pact that speculative philosophers consider to be the government`s only legitimate source.” Mayflower Compact, document signed on the English ship Mayflower on 21 November [November 11, Old Style], 1620, before landing at Plymouth, Massachusetts. It was the first framework of government written and enacted in the territory that is now the United States of America. The philanthropic sector provides a mechanism for mutual assistance, assistance to the poorest and the pursuit of a large number of interests and convictions (Salamon 1999). Collins, Ron. “The overview of the pilgrims.” MayflowerFamilies.com. . .