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[452] better opportunity will offer for explaining its influence
Chap. X.} 1656. July.
on American institutions. It was in the month of July, 1656, that two of its members, Mary Fisher and Ann Austin, arrived in the road before Boston.1 There was as yet no statute respecting Quakers; but, on the general law against heresy, their trunks were searched, and their books burnt by the hangman; ‘though no token could be found on them but of innocence,’2 their persons were examined in search of signs of witchcraft; and, after five weeks close imprisonment, they were thrust out of the jurisdiction. Eight others were, during the year, sent back to England. The rebuke enlarged the ambition of Mary Fisher; she repaired alone to Adrianople, and delivered a message to the Grand Sultan. The Turks thought her crazed, and she passed through their army ‘without hurt or scoff.’

Yet the next year, although a special law now pro-

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hibited the introduction of Quakers, Mary Dyer, an Antinomian exile, and Ann Burden, came into the colony; the former was claimed by her husband, and taken to Rhode Island; the latter was sent to England. A woman who had come all the way from London, to warn the magistrates against persecution, was whipped with twenty stripes. Some, who had been banished, came a second time; they were imprisoned, whipped, and once more sent away, under penalty of further punishment, if they returned again. A fine was imposed on such as should entertain any

1 I compose the narrative from comparing the Quaker accounts, by Gould, and Sewell, and Besse, full of documents, with those of the colonial historians. There is no essential difference. Every leading work has something on the suject.—The apologies of the colonists, especially Norton's book, The Heart of N. E. Rent, still exist, and are before me. Compare the life of Mary Dyer, in C. Sedgwick's Tales and Sketches.

2 Sewell, i. 294. Besse, II. 198—207.

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