university bred and were natural leaders of men.
Once arrived in the wilderness, the pioneer life common to all of the colonists began instantly to exert its slow, irresistible pressure upon their minds and to mould them into certain ways of thinking and feeling.
Without some perception of these modes of thought and emotion a knowledge of the spirit of our literature is impossible.
Take, for instance, the mere physical situation of the first colonists, encamped on the very beach of the wide ocean with an illimitable forest in their rear.
Their provisions were scanty.
They grew watchful of the strange soil, of the new skies, of the unknown climate.
Even upon the voyage over, John Winthrop
thought that “the declination of the pole star was much, even to the view, beneath that it is in England
,” and that “the new moon, when it first appeared, was much smaller than at any time he had seen it in England
Here was a man evidently using his eyes with a new interest in natural phenomena.
Under these changed skies the mind began gradually to change also.
At first the colonists felt themselves an outpost of Europe
, a forlorn hope of the Protestant Reformation
“We shall be as a city upon a hill,” said