America could long be safe against the designs of des-
A proclamation was issued to prevent the emigration of Puritans;1
the king refused his dissenting subjects the security of the wilderness.
It was probably a foreboding of these dangers, which induced the legislation of Massachusetts
to exaggerate the necessity of domestic union.2
the proclamation was but little regarded.
The Puritans, hemmed in by dangers on every side, and at that time having no prospect of ultimate success, desired at any rate to escape from their native country.
The privy council interfered to stay a squadron of eight ships, which were in the Thames
, preparing to embark for New England
It has been said that Hampden
were on board this fleet.4
The English ministry of that day might willingly have exiled Hampden
; no original authors, except royalists writing on hearsay, allude to the design imputed to him; in America
there exists no evidence of his expected arrival; the remark of Hutchinson5
refers to the well-known schemes of Lord Say and Seal and Lord Brooke; there are no circumstances in the lives of Hampden
corroborating the story, but many to establish its improbability; there came over, during this summer, twenty ships, and at least three thousand persons;6
and had Hampden