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The writings of John Greenleaf Whittier, Volume 6. (ed. John Greenleaf Whittier), Old portraits and modern Sketches (search)
pitched battle with the contumacious soldiers. When the public talking day came, says he, I took the reading-pew, and Pitchford's cornet and troopers took the gallery. There did the leader of the Chesham men begin, and afterwards Pitchford's soldPitchford's soldiers set in; and I alone disputed with them from morning until almost night; for I knew their trick, that if I had gone out first, they would have prated what boasting words they listed, and made the people believe that they had baffled me, or got tent away. As usual in such cases, both parties claimed the victory. Baxter got thanks only from the King's adherents; Pitchford's troops and the leader of the Chesham men retired from their hard day's work, to enjoy the countenance and favor of Cright in this last conjecture; Oliver Cromwell would have had no scruples in making an example of a plotting priest; and Pitchford's soldiers might have been called upon to silence, with their muskets, the tough disputant who was proof against their