was censured to be whipped, lose his ears, and be banished the plantation,--which was presently executed.”
This sentence, so worthy of Draco
, convinces us that some of the early judges in the colony were men who had baptized their passions with the name of holiness, and then felt that they had a right to murder humanity in the name of God.
June 5, 1638: “John Smyth
, of Meadford, for swearing, being penitent, was set in the bilboes.”
Oct. 4, 1638: “Henry Collins
is fined five shillings for not appearing when he was called to serve upon the grand jury.”
Sept. 3, 1639: “Nicholas Davison
's agent), for swearing an oath, was ordered to pay one pound; which he consented unto.”
Nov. 14, 1644: The General Court order that all Baptists shall be banished, if they defend their doctrine.
Nov. 4, 1646: The General Court decree that “the blasphemer shall be put to death.”
May 26, 1647: Roman Catholic
priests and Jesuits are forbidden to enter this jurisdiction.
They shall be banished on their first visit; and, on their second, they shall be put to death.
, for his miscarriage, is fined one pound.”
There was a singular persecution of the Baptists in the early times among us. They were not sufficiently numerous to be formed into an organized society; and yet they were so skilful in defending their creed, and so blameless in their daily walk, that they became very irritating to the covenant Puritans; and some wished they should be cropped!
In April, 1667, a great dispute was held at Boston
between them and the Calvinists.
Who were the champions in this gladiatorial encounter we do not know, nor where victory perched; but we have proof of blind, unchristian persecution, which stands a blot on the page of history.
At the “Ten Hills
,” in Mistick, lived a servant of John Winthrop, jun.
, who professed the Baptist
, his wife, who was with him in his creed, writes to John Winthrop, jun.
, March 23, 1669, concerning her husband's imprisonment in Boston
on account of his peculiar faith.
Whether what was done at “Ten Hills
” was approved at Medford
we do not know; but these facts tell volumes concerning the ideas, principles, and practices of some of the Puritan Pilgrims
of New England