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England colonies, where lewdness was held a crime, and adultery inexorably punished by death on the gallows. Massachusetts, strong in its charter, made no haste 1660. to present itself in England as a suppliant. The colony of Boston, wrote Stuyvesant, Albany Records, XVIII. 124 Oct. 6. 1660. remains constant to its old maxims of a free state, dependent on none but God. Had the king resolved on sending them a governor, the several towns and churches throughout the whole country were resod to oppose him. Hutch. Coll. 339; Belknap, 437. The colonies of Plymouth, of Hartford and New Chap XI.} 1660 Haven, not less than of Rhode Island, proclaimed the new king, and acted in his name; Quantum mutatus ab illo Hectore, adds Stuyvesant, who was very fond of a Latin quotation. There was, however, no change in the political principles of New England, which never was regicide. Albany Records, XVIII. 123. and the rising republic on the Connecticut appeared in London by its repr
he obtained for himself and partners a portion of the territory of Virginia; for the colony he did not secure one franchise. It merits remark that, even at the hands of Charles ii., the democratic colonies of Rhode Island and Connecticut received greater favor than Virginia. The king employed the loyalty of Virginia to its injury. For more than a year the navigation act, which had been communicated to the Dutch merchants of New July 21. Belgium, was virtually evaded in Virginia; Stuyvesant, July 15, 1662. Albany Records, XVIII. 197, and 157, 158. mariners of New England, lading their vessels with tobacco, did but touch at a New England harbor on the Sound, and immediately sail for the wharves of New Amsterdam. But this remedy was partial and transient. By the very nature of foreign commerce, the act of navigation could easily be executed in Virginia, because the colony had few ships of its own, and no foreign vessel dared to enter its ports; and the unequal legislation pr
; and the Dutch company fearlessly commanded Stuyvesant to revenge 1654 Nov 16. their wrong, to drithe country above Christiana was governed by Stuyvesant's deputy; while the city of Amsterdam becameovernment invited them by its good will. If Stuyvesant sometimes displayed the rash despotism of a t to the superior humanity of its founders. Stuyvesant was instructed to use every exertion to promberty and property. Ibid. IX. 48, 49, &c. Stuyvesant, having exhausted his arguments, could reply existed a division of coun- Aug 30. sels. Stuyvesant, faithful to his employers, struggled to mai of his presence, he replied by requiring of Stuyvesant the immediate acknowledgment of English soveends to offer no resistance. The surrender, Stuyvesant nobly answered, would be reproved in the Fatt. 2. the letter from the English commander, Stuyvesant angrily tore it in pieces; and the burgomastembled in the town hall, and not ratified by Stuyvesant till the sur- Sept. 8. render had virtually[13 more...]