them as the Pope
did one of their number whom he found crazily holding forth in the church of St. Peter
, and consigned them to the care of physicians as religious monomaniacs, no sane man could have blamed them.
Every sect, in its origin, and especially in its time of persecution, has had its fanatics.
The early Christians, if we may credit the admissions of their own writers or attach the slightest credence to the statements of pagan authors, were by no means exempt from reproach and scandal in this respect.
Were the Puritans themselves the men to cast stones at the Quakers and Baptists Had they not, in the view at least of the Established Church
, turned all England
upside down with their fanaticisms and extravagances of doctrine, and conduct?
How look they as depicted in the sermons of Dr.
South, in the sarcastic pages of Hudibras, and the coarse caricatures of the clerical wits of the times of the second Charles With their own backs scored and their ears cropped for the crime of denying the divine authority of church and state in England
, were they the men to whip Baptists and hang Quakers for doing the same thing in Massachusetts
Of all that is noble and true in the Puritan
character we are sincere admirers.
The generous and self-denying apostleship of Eliot
is, of itself, a beautiful page in their history.
The physical daring and hardihood with which, amidst the times of savage warfare, they laid the foundations of mighty states, and subdued the rugged soil, and made the wilderness blossom; their steadfast adherence to