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daring to the field of theological and political speculation, it is easy today to select, among the writings of the earliest colonists, certain radical utterances which seem to presage the very temper of the late eighteenth century. Pastor John Robinson's farewell address to the Pilgrims at Leyden in 1620 contained the famous words: The Lord has more truth yet to break forth out of His holy Word. I cannot sufficiently bewail the condition of the reformed churches, who are come to a period in religion. . . . Luther and Calvin were great and shining lights in their times, yet they penetrated not into the whole counsel of God. Now John Robinson, like Oliver Cromwell, never set foot on American soil, but he is identified, none the less, with the spirit of American liberalism in religion. In political discussion, the early emergence of that type of independence familiar to the decade 1765-75 is equally striking. In a letter written in 1818, John Adams insisted that the principles a
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e other was the Puritan colony of Massachusetts Bay, with John Winthrop as governor. Bradford and Winthrop have left journals which are more than chronicles of adventure. They record the growth and government of a commonwealth. Both Bradford and Winthrop were natural leaders of men, grave, dignified, solid, endowed with a spirit that bred confidence. Each was learned. Winthrop, a lawyer and man of property, had a higher social standing than Bradford, who was one of the Separatists of Robinson's flock at Leyden. But the Pilgrim of the Mayflower and the well-to-do Puritan of the Bay Colony both wrote their annals like gentlemen and scholars. Bradford's History of Plymouth plantation runs from 1620 to 1647. Winthrop's diary, now printed as the History of New England, begins with his voyage in 1630 and closes in the year of his death, 1649. As records of an Anglo-Saxon experiment in self-government under pioneer conditions these books are priceless; as human documents, they ill
Read, T. B., 225 Reality of spiritual life, the, Edwards 50 Reaper and the Flowers, the, Longfellow 153 Red Rover, the, Cooper 98 Religious freedom in the colonies, 16 Ren, ChAteaubriand 96 Repplier, Agnes, 262 Revolution, influence upon literature, 66 et seq.; bibliography, 270 Rights of man, the, Paine 75 Riley, J. W., 247, 257-59 Ripley, George, 141 Rise of Silas Lapham, the, Howells 251 Rise of the Dutch Republic, Motley 180 Rivulet, the, Bryant 106 Robinson, John, 11 Roderick Hudson, James 253 Rolfe, John, 38 Romanticism in American literature, 187 et seq. Roosevelt, Theodore, 243 Roughing it, Clemens 10, 237 Rowlandson, Mary, 39 Rules for Reducing a great Empire to a Small one, Franklin 58 Russell, Irwin, 246 Salem witchcraft, 43 Salmagundi papers, Irving and Paulding 91 Sanborn, F. B., 142 Sandys, George, 27 Scarlet letter, the, Hawthorne 7, 30, 145, 146, 148, 149-50 School-days, Whittier 158 Scott, Sir, Walte