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ar business; and a class of men, nicknamed spirits, used to delude young persons, servants and idlers, into embarking for America, as to a land of spontaneous plenty. Bullock's Virginia, 1649, p. 14. White servants came to be a usual article of traffic. They were sold in England to be transported, and in Virginia were resold to the highest bidder; like negroes, they were to be purchased on shipboard, as men buy horses at a fair. Sad State of Virginia, 1657, p. 4, 5. Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 7. In 1672, the average price in the colonies, where five years of service were due, was about ten pounds; while a negro was worth twenty or twenty-five pounds. Blome's Jamaica, 84 and 16. So usual was this manner of dealing in Englishmen, that not the Scots only, who were taken in the field of Dunbar, were sent into involuntary servitude in New England, Cromwell and Cotton, in Hutchinson's Coll. 233—235. but the royalist prisoners of the battle of Worcester; Suffolk County Record
yborne, defeated and banisned from Maryland as a murderer Hammond's Leah and Rachel. and an outlaw, sheltered himself in Virginia, where he had long been a member h loyalty and hope. Norwood, in Churchill, VI. 160—186. Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 16. The faithfulness of the Virginians Chap VI.} 1650 June. did not escape thEngland, that submitted to obedience of the commonwealth. Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 20; Ed. 1656. But the parliament did not long permit its authority to be dng's Babylon's Fall, i. 7, and 10; Langford's Refutation, 3; Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 21. These, taken together, are conclusive. Bennett was of the council in 164d already preferred her own sons for places of authority. Hammond's Leah and Rachel, p. 15. The country felt itself honored by those who were Virginians born; T as any under heaven. II. Mass. Hist Coll. IX. 116. 106 Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 9, 0, 5. But plenty encouraged indolence. No domestic manufactures were estab
tenanted by any but the scattered hordes of the native tribes. The French, the Dutch, and the Swedes, were preparing to occupy the country; and a grant seemed the readiest mode of securing the soil by an English settlement. Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 19. The canceling of the Virginia patents had restored to the monarch the ample authority of his prerogative over the soil; he might now sever a province from the colony, to which he had at first assigned a territory so vast; and it was not diffrson shall blaspheme God, or shall deny or reproach the Holy Trinity, or any of the three persons thereof, shall be punished with death. Bacon, 1649, c. i. A true copy of the whole law is printed by Langford, 27—32. Compare Hammond's Leah and Rachel, 20, 21. No where in the United States is religious opinion now deemed a proper subject for penal enactments. The only fit punishment for error is refutation. God needs no avenger in man. The fool-hardy levity of shallow infidelity proceeds fro