marched with the Colonial troops, axe in hand, to hew down the images in the French
churches; while another officiated in the double capacity of drummer and chaplain,—a ‘drum ecclesiastic,’ as Hudibras has it.
At the late celebration of the landing of the Pilgrims in New York, the orator of the day labored at great length to show that the charge of intolerance, as urged against the colonists of New England
, is unfounded in fact.
The banishment of the Catholics was very sagaciously passed over in silence, inasmuch as the Catholic Bishop
of New York was one of the invited guests, and (hear it, shade of Cotton Mather
) one of the regular toasts was a compliment to the Pope
The expulsion of Roger Williams
was excused and partially justified; while the whipping, ear-cropping, tongue-boring, and hanging of the Quakers was defended, as the only effectual method of dealing with such devildriven heretics, as Mather
The orator, in the new-born zeal of his amateur Puritanism, stigmatizes the persecuted class as ‘fanatics and ranters, foaming forth their mad opinions;’ compares them to the Mormons and the crazy followers of Mathias
; and cites an instance of a poor enthusiast, named Eccles
, who, far gone in the ‘tailor's melancholy,’ took it into his head that he must enter into a steeple-house pulpit and stitch breeches ‘in singing time,’ —a circumstance, by the way, which took place in Old England,—as a justification of the atrocious laws of the Massachusetts Colony
We have not the slightest disposition to deny the fanaticism and folly of some few professed