of cotton whereof they had store from Barbadoes
In view of the exigency, ‘the general court made Order for the manufacture of woollen and linen cloth.’
The Long Parliament, which met in 1641 contamied among its members many sincere favorers of the Puritan plantations
But the English
with wise circumspection feared to endanger their legislative independence.
‘Upon the great liberty which the king had left the parliament in England
,’ says Winthrop
, ‘some of our friends there wrote to us advice to solicit for us in the parliament, giving us hope that we might obtain much.
But consulting about it, we declined the motion for this consideration that f we should put ourselves under the protection of the parliament we must then be subject to all such laws as they should make, or, at least, such as hey might impose upon us. It might prove very prejudicial to us.’
When the letters arrived, inviting the colonial churches to send their deputies to the West
minster assembly of divines, the same sagacity led them to neglect the summons.
, of Hartford
, ‘liked not the business’ and deemed it his duty rather to stay in quite and obscurity with his people in Connecticut
, than to turn propogandist, and plead for Independency in England
Yet such commercial advantages were desired, as might be obtained Without a surrender of chartered rights.
In 1641, Hugh Peters
and two others were despatched as agents for the colonies; and their mission was favorably received.
The house of commons, on the tenth of March, 1643, publicly acknowledged, that “the plantations in New England
had, by the blessing of the Almighty, had good and prosperous success, ”