The United colonies of New England.
The English government was not indifferent to the
progress of the colonies of New England
The fate of the first emigrants had been watched by all parties with benevolent curiosity; nor was there any inducement to oppress the few sufferers, whom the hardships of their condition were so fast wasting away.
The adventurers were encouraged by a proclamation,1
which, with a view to their safety, prohibited the sale of fire-arms to the savages.
The stern discipline exercised by the government at Salem
, produced an early harvest of enemies: resentment long rankled in the minds of some, whom Endicott
had perhaps too passionately punished; and when they returned to England
, the rivals of the Massachusetts
company, willingly echoed their vindictive complaints.
A petition even reached King Charles, complaining of distraction and disorder in the plantations; but the issue was unexpected.
was ably defended by Saltonstall
, and Cradock
, its friends in England
; and the committee of the privy council reported in favor of the adventurers, who were ordered to continue
their undertakings cheerfully, for the king did not