emselves in the enjoyment of the freedom to which they conceived themselves entitled.
They were dissenters from the established church.
Their pastors were not recognized by the law as clergymen, nor their places of worship as churches.
Tithes were exacted for the support of the Episcopal clergy.
They were not proprietors of the soil, but held their lands as tenants of the crown.
They were hated alike, and equally, by the Irish Catholics and the English Episcopalians.
When, therefore, in 1617, a son of one of the leading clergyman returned from New England with glowing accounts of that plantation, a furor of emigration arose in the town and county of Londonderry, and portions of four Presbyterian congregations, with their four pastors, united in a scheme for a simultaneous removal across the seas.
One of the clergymen was first despatched to Boston to make the needful inquiries and arrangements.
He was the bearer of an address to His Excellency, the Right Honorable Colonel Samue