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[412] emigrate, he whose maxim1 in life forbade retreat, and
Chap. X.} 1638
whose resolution was as fixed as it was calm, possessed energy enough to have accomplished his purpose. He undoubtedly had watched with deep interest the progress of Massachusetts; ‘the Conclusions’ had early attracted his attention;2 and in 1631 he had taken part in a purchase of territory on the Narragansett.3 It has been conjectured,4 asserted,5 and even circumstantially related,6 that he passed a winter with the colony of New Plymouth. A person who bore the same or nearly the same name,7 was undoubtedly there; but the greatest patriot-statesman of his times, the man whom Charles I. would gladly have seen drawn and quartered, whom Clarendon paints as possessing beyond all his contemporaries ‘a head to contrive, a tongue to persuade, and a hand to execute,’ and whom the fervent Baxter revered as able, by his presence and conversation, to give a new charm to the rest of the Saints in heaven, was never in America. Nor did he ever embark for America; the fleet in which he is said to have taken his passage, was delayed but a few days; on petition of the owners and passengers, King Charles removed the restraint;8 the ships proceeded on their intended voyage; and the whole company, as it seems without diminution, arrived safely in the Bay of Massachusetts.9 Had Hampden and Cromwell been of the party, they too would have reached New England.

1 Nulla vestigia retrorsum.

2 Nugent, i. 173, 174.

3 Potter's Narragansett, 14.—Comp. Trumbull.

4 Belknap's Biog. II. 229.

5 N. Amer. Review, VI. 28.

6 Fr. Baylies, Memoir, i. 110, takes fire at the thought

7 II. Massachusetts Hist. Coil VIII. 258. More probably John Hamblin; a common name in the Old Colony.

8 Rushworth, II. 409. Aikin's Charles I. i. 471—473.

9 Winthrop, i. 266, is decisive

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