e 14, 1631, Philip Ratcliffe, a servant of Mr. Cradock, was convicted of malicious and scandalous speeches against the government and the church at Salem; he was censured, whipped, lost his ears, and was banished the plantation.
Of this affair Thomas Morton, in his New England Canaan, represents Ratcliffe as Mr. Innocence Faircloth, sent over by Mr. Matthias Charterparty, an injured man whose chief offence was asking payment of his debts in his sickness.
Ratcliffe, Morton, and Sir Christopher Gardiner circulated stories, in refutation of which Capt. Thomas Wiggin, in 1632, writes Secretary Coke of his having just returned from New England, and speaks of them as scandalous characters, and their information false.
Morton published his New Canaan in 1637.
Cradock writes to Governor Winthrop of a Mooreton he met on the Exchange in London, whom he would not talk with until he called Captain Pierce of the Mayflower as a witness to the conversation.
November 7, 1632, Cradock was