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lued, the state was content with virtue and single-mindedness; and the public welfare never suffered at the hands of plain men. Roger Williams had ever been a welcome guest at Hartford; and that heavenly man, John Haynes, would say to him, I think, Mr. Williams, I must now confesse to you, that the most wise God hath provided and cut out this part of the world as a refuge and receptacle for all sorts of consciences. Mass. Hist. Coll. i. 280. There never existed a persecuting spirit So Douglas, II. 135. I never heard of any persecuting spirit in Connecticut; in this they are egregiously aspersed. in Connecticut; while it had a scholar to their minister in every town or village. Education was cherished; religious knowledge was carried to the highest degree of refinement, alike in its appli- Chap. XI.} cation to moral duties, and to the mysterious questions on the nature of God, of liberty, and of the soul. A hardy race multiplied along the alluvion of the streams, and subdued