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“I sent four men on a fowling expedition days ago, what happened to them?”

“They ran into insurgents and got bogged down on Cape Cod. They will need a surge force of at least two more men and should be back with some fowl by 1625. But the good news is that Chief Massasoit and the Wampanoag are bringing five deer to the feast.”

“No, that would look like tribute. We need to apologize to the Wampanoag.”

“Again?”

“For all the Europeans have done to the Native Americans.”

“It’s 1621, we haven’t done anything yet.”

“I can’t believe that our programs have not produced the bounty we promised ourselves we would have. Of course, we were digging Plymouth out of a very deep hole. Our predecessors drove this colony into a ditch.”

“What predecessors?”

“That and the unpredictable fluctuations of the shilling against the doubloon.”

“Which reminds me sir, the Chinese pirates are scheduled to stop by on Friday to discuss all that gold you borrowed from them that you want to pay back in notes written on birch bark.”

“OK, well, get Mayflower One ready for my trade mission.”

“You’re leaving?”

“Yes, we need to move this colony into the mid-17th century. I have important meetings scheduled in the south of France with European royalty. I am bringing them bound volumes of my collected speeches as a gift.”

“Sir, couldn’t we just privatize the farms, let people keep what they grow, end all these make-work projects, start trading with the Indians, allow hunters to hunt, educate our children, honor our families and work according to God’s plan? Wouldn’t that produce the bounty we seek?”

“Robert, let me be clear. Thou hast a lot to learn about government.”