confidence of the colony.
The opposition of Belling-
ham was due to his jealousy of Winthrop
, the chief officers
of the state, whom he would willingly have supplanted.
The court of Massachusetts
was ready to concede the enjoyment of religious worship under the Presby-
yet its enemies, defeated in their hope of a union with the popular party, were resolutely discontented, and now determined to rally on the question of liberty of conscience.
The attempt was artful, for the doctrine had been rapidly making progress.
Many books had come from England
in defence of toleration.
Many of the court were well inclined to suspend the laws against Anabaptists, and the order subjecting strangers to the supervision of the magistrates; and Winthrop
thought that ‘the rule of hospitality required more moderation and indulgence.’
a powerful liberal party already openly existed.
But now the apparent purpose of advancing religious freedom was made to disguise measures of the deadliest hostility to the frame of civil government.
The nationality of New England
was in danger.
The existence of Poland
was sacrificed, in the last century, by means of the Polish Dissidents
, who, appealing to the Russian
cabinet to interfere in behalf of liberty of conscience, opened the doors of their country to the enemy of its independence.
The Roman Catholic bigots were there the impassioned guardians of Polish nationality.
of New England
were of a cooler temperament; but with equal inflexibility they anchored their liberties on unmixed Puritanism.
‘To eat out the power of godliness,’ became an