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ngs; but, understanding the springs of action, and the principles that control affairs, he calmly and noiselessly succeeded in all that he undertook. The New World was full of his praises; Puritans, and Quakers, and the freemen of Rhode Island, Roger Williams's Letters, in Knowles. were alike his eulogists; the Dutch at New York, not less than all New England, had confidence in his integrity; Albany Records, IV. 405, and XVIII. 188, 189. Clarendon MSS. in my possession. and Milton, Newton and Robert Boyle, Mr. Winthrop, my particular acquaintance. R. Boyle's letter, in Mass. Hist. Coll. XVIII. 49. Dedication of vol. XL. of the Transactions of the Royal Society. became his correspondents. If he had faults, they are Chap. XI.} 1661. forgotten. In history he appears by unanimous consent, Thurloe. i. 763; a person of signal worth, as all reports present. from early life, without a blemish; and it is the beautiful testimony of his own Either, that God gave him favor in
31, and Note 2. conversant with men, and books, and governments, with various languages, and the forms of political combinations, as they existed in England and France, in Holland, and the principalities and free cities of Germany, he yet sought the source of wisdom in his own soul. Humane by nature and by suffering; familiar with the royal family; intimate with Sunderland and Sydney; acquainted with Russel, Halifax, Shaftesbury, and Buckingham; as a member of the Royal Society, the peer of Newton and the great scholars of his age,—he valued the promptings of a free mind more than the Chap XVI.} awards of the learned, and reverenced the single-minded sincerity of the Nottingham shepherd more than the authority of colleges and the wisdom of philosophers. And now, being in the meridian of life, but a year older than was Locke, when, twelve years before, he had framed a constitution for Carolina, the Quaker legislator was come to the New World to lay the foundations of states. Would