In 1638, John Wheelwright founded a settlement called Exeter in New Hampshire. In 1639, the settlers signed the Exeter Compact patterned after the Mayflower Compact. This agreement of the Settlers at Exeter in New Hampshire in the year 1639 were established for freedom from strict religious and economic rules in their coastal farming colony. Colonists were able to utilize New Hampshire’s coastline for fishing and shipbuilding, but they relied heavily on potato and crop farming and textiles for economic security.
The Exeter Compact stated the following:
“Whereas it hath pleased the Lord to move the Heart of our dread Sovereigns Charles by the Grace of God, King of England, Scotland, France & Ireland to grant License and Liberty to sundry of his subjects to plant themselves in the westerly parts of America. We his loyal Subjects Brethren of the Church in Exeter situate and lying upon the River Pascataqua with other Inhabitants there, considering with ourselves the holy Will of God and o’er own Necessity that we should not live without wholesome Laws and Civil Government among us of which we are altogether destitute; do in the name of Christ and in the sight of God combine ourselves together to erect and set up among us such Government as shall be to our best discerning agree- able to the Will of God professing ourselves Subjects to our Sovereign Lord King Charles according to the Liberty of our English Colony of Massachusetts, and binding of ourselves solemnly by the Grace and Help of Christ and in His Name and fear to submit ourselves to such Godly and Christian Lawes as are established in the realm of England to our best Knowledge, and to all other such Lawes which shall upon good grounds be made and enacted among us according to God that we may live quietly and peaceably together in all godliness and honesty. Mo.8. D. 4. 1639 as attests our Hands.”