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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Atlantic Essays, The Puritan minister. (search)
high, with this inscription in capitals, A Wanton Gospeller. Nor this alone, but.the law stands by the minister's doctrine even out of the meeting-house. It is but a few days since Nathaniel Hadlock was sentenced to be severely whipped for declaring that lie could receive no profit from Mr. H--'s preaching,--since Thomas Maule was mauled to the extent of ten stripes for declaring that Mr. H --preached lies, and that his instruction was the doctrine of devils,--since even the wife of Nicholas Phelps was sentenced to pay five pounds or be whipped, for asserting that this same Mr. H-- sent abroad his wolves and bloodhounds among the sheep and lambs. Truly, it is a perilous thing to attend public worship in such reverential days. However, it is equally dangerous to stay at home; there are tithing-men to look after the absentees, and any one unnecessarily absent must pay five shillings. He may be put in the stocks or in the wooden cage, if delinquent for a month together But we mu