with God, as with a cloud,” to be “drowned, plunged, and swallowed up with God.”
One hundred years later we shall find this same rhapsodic ecstasy in the meditations of Jonathan Edwards
John Cotton, the third of the mighty men in the early Colonial pulpit, owes his fame more to his social and political influence than to his literary power.
Yet even that was thought commanding.
Trained, like Hooker
, at Emmanuel College, and fresh from the rectorship of St. Botolph's in the Lincolnshire Boston
, John Cotton dominated that new Boston
which was named in his honor.
He became the Pope
of the theocracy; a clever Pope
and not an unkindly one.
He seems to have shared some of the opinions of Anne Hutchinson
, though he “pronounced the sentence of admonition” against her, says Winthrop
, with much zeal and detestation of her errors.
, in one of his ironic moods, might have done justice to this scene.
Cotton was at heart too liberal for his r61e of Primate, and fate led him to persecute a man whose very name has become a symbol of victorious tolerance, Roger Williams
, known today as a friend of Cromwell
, and Sir Harry Vane
, had been exiled from