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and determined not to remain. Fear of an assault from the Indians, who had ceased to be friendly, the want of provisions, and jealousy respecting the distribution of the risks and profits, defeated the de sign. The whole party soon set sail and bore for England. The return voyage lasted but five weeks; June 18. and the expedition was completed in less than four months, during which entire health had prevailed. Gosnold to his father, in Purchas, IV. 1646. Archer's Relation, ibid. IV. 1647—1651. Rosier's Notes, ibid. IV. 1651—1653. Brierston's Relation, in Smith, i. 105—108. Compare, particularly, Belknap's Life of Gosnold, in Am. Biog. II. 100-123. Gosnold and his companions spread the most favorable reports of the regions which he had visited. Could it be that the voyage was so safe, the climate so pleasant, the country so inviting? The merchants of Bristol, with the ready assent of Raleigh, Purchas, IV. 1614. and at the instance of Richard Hakluyt, the enlighte<
ase of necessity, was forbidden. Chalmers, 132. 133. This system, which the instructions of Berkeley commanded Chap. VI.} him to introduce, was ultimately successful; for it sacrificed no rights but those of the colonists, while it identified the interests of the English merchant and the English government, and leagued them together for the oppression of those, who, for more than a century, were too feeble to offer effectual resistance. The Long Parliament was more just; it attempted 1647. Jan. 23. to secure to English shipping the whole carrying trade of the colonies, but with the free consent of the colonies themselves; offering an equivalent, which the legislatures in America were at liberty to reject. Hazard, i. 634, 635. The memorable ordinance of 1650 was a war meas- 1650. ure, and extended only to the colonies which had adhered to the Stuarts. All intercourse with them was forbidden, except to those who had a license from parliament or the council of state. Fo
45, the rebels were triumphant; unpre- 1645 pared for an attack, the governor was compelled to fly, and more than a year elapsed before the assistance 1646 Dec. of the well-disposed could enable him to resume his power and restore tranquillity. The insurgents distinguished the period of their dominion by disorder and misrule, and most of the records were then lost or embezzled. Bacon's Preface. Chalmers, 217, 218. Burk, II. 112. McMacon, 202. Peace was confirmed by the wise clemency 1647 to 1649 of the government; the offences of the rebellion were concealed by a general amnesty; Bacon, 1650, c. XXIV. and the province was rescued, though not without expense, Ibid. 1649. c. IX. from the distresses and confusion which had followed a short but vindictive and successful insurrection. The controversy between the king and the par- 1649 April liament advanced; the overthrow of the monarchy seemed about to confer unlimited power in England upon the imbittered enemies of the
r resistance. It was in this view that the Freeman's Oath was appointed; by which every freeman was obliged to pledge his allegiance, not to King Charles, but to Massachusetts. There was room for scruples on the subject; and an English lawyer would have ques- Chap. IX.} tioned the legality of the measure. The liberty of conscience for which Williams contended denied the right of a compulsory imposition of an oath: See his opinions, fully reduced to the form of a law, at Providence, in 1647, in II. Mass. Hist. Coll VII. 96. when he 1635 Mar. 30. was summoned before the court, he could not renounce his belief; and his influence was such that the government was forced to desist from that proceeding. To the magistrates he seemed the a ly of a civil faction; to himself he appeared only to make a frank avowal of the truth. In all his intercourse with the tribunals, he spoke with the distinctness of settled convictions. He was fond of discussion; but he was never betrayed into an
osen to administer the government; and the spirit of mercy, of liberality and wisdom, was impressed on its legislation. II. Mass. Hist Coll. VII. 78, &c. Our 1647 May 19. popularitie, say their records, shall not, as some conjecture it will, prove an anarchie, and so a common tirannie; for we are exceeding desirous to preserve every man safe in his person, name, and estate. Ms. Records of R. I. for 1647. Yet danger still menaced. The executive council of state in England had granted to Coddington a 1651 April 3. commission for governing the islands; and such a dismemberment of the territory of the narrow state must have terminated in the divs assert their authority? On the death of Gorges, the people repeatedly wrote to his heirs. No answer was received; and such commissioners as had authority from 1647-8 Europe gradually withdrew. There was no relief for the colonists but in themselves; and the inhabitants of Piscataqua, Gorgeana, and Wells, following the 1649.