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thought of emigrating to this country, those who possessed the genuine heart and sinew of the permanent settler. Oliver Cromwell, for instance, is said to have thought of emigrating hither in 1637. If he had joined his friends John Cotton and R with the American qualities which we discover in 1637 on the shores of Massachusetts Bay? And what an American settler Cromwell would have made! If we turn from physical and moral daring to the field of theological and political speculation, itt and shining lights in their times, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of God. Now John Robinson, like Oliver Cromwell, never set foot on American soil, but he is identified, none the less, with the spirit of American liberalism in rel say what was really English ? Was it James the First or Raleigh? Archbishop Laud or John Cotton? Charles the First or Cromwell? Charles the Second or William Penn? Was it Churchman, Presbyterian, Independent, Separatist, Quaker? One is tempted
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an unkindly one. He seems to have shared some of the opinions of Anne Hutchinson, though he pronounced the sentence of admonition against her, says Winthrop, with much zeal and detestation of her errors. Hawthorne, in one of his ironic moods, might have done justice to this scene. Cotton was at heart too liberal for his r61e of Primate, and fate led him to persecute a man whose very name has become a symbol of victorious tolerance, Roger Williams. Williams, known today as a friend of Cromwell, Milton, and Sir Harry Vane, had been exiled from Massachusetts for maintaining that the civil power had no jurisdiction over conscience. This doctrine was fatal to the existence of a theocratic state dominated by the church. John Cotton was perfectly logical in enlarging Roger Williams into the wilderness, but he showed less than his usual discretion in attacking the quick-tempered Welshman in pamphlets. It was like asking Hotspur if he would kindly consent to fight. Back and forth th
, 243 Columbus, life of, Irving 91 Commemoration Ode, Lowell 170, 172 Common sense, Paine 75 Conquest of Granada, Irving 91 Conquest of Mexico, Prescott 179 Conquest of Peru, Prescott 179 Conspiracy of Pontiac, the, Parkman 184 Cooke, Rose Terry, 249 Cooper, J. F., 95-101, 265 Cotton, John, 18, 32 Courtship of miles Standish, Longfellow 155 Craddock, C. E., see Murfre. Mary N. Mary N. Cranch, C. P., 141 Crisis, the, Paine 75 Cristus, Longfellow 155-56 Cromwell, Oliver, 10 Brothers, S. M., 262-63 Crowded Street, the, Bryant 106 Curtis, G. W., 93, 141, 181 Dana, C. A., 141 Day is done, the, Longfellow 156 Day of doom, the, Wigglesworth 35-36 Deerslayer, the, Cooper 99 Democratic review, 199 Dial, 136, 140 Drake, J. R., 107 Drama, American, in the 20th century, 259-60 Dred, Stowe 223 Drum Taps, Whitman 201 Dwight, Timothy, 69 Edict of the King of Prussia against England, Franklin 58 Edinburgh review, the, 88 Edwards