of the Dutch
and the French
; security against
the tribes of savages; the liberties of the gospel in purity and in peace,—these were the motives to the 1643 confederacy, which did, itself, continue nearly half a century, and which, even after it was cut down, left a hope that a new and a better union would spring from its root.
Neither was the measure accomplished without a progress in political science.
If the delegates from three of the states were empowered to frame and definitively conclude a union, the colony of Plymouth
now set the example of requiring that the act of their constituent representatives should have no force till confirmed by a majority of the people.
The union embraced the separate governments of Massachusetts
, Plymouth, Connecticut
, and New Haven; but to each its respective local jurisdiction was carefully reserved.
The question of State Rights is nearly two hundred years old. The affairs of the confederacy were intrusted to commissioners, consisting of two from each colony.
Church membership was the only qualification required for the office.
The commissioners, who were to assemble annually, or oftener if exigencies demanded, might deliberate on all things which are ‘the proper concomitants or consequents of a confederation.’
The affairs of peace and war, and especially Indian affairs, exclusively belonged to them; they, too, were the guardians to see equal and speedy justice assured to all the confederates in every jurisdiction.
The common expenses were to be assessed according to population.
Thus remarkable for unmixed simplicity was the