better opportunity will offer for explaining its influence
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
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
thought her crazed, and she passed through their army ‘without hurt or scoff.’
Yet the next year, although a special law now pro-
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