not acquired a home.
When a pauper is sent to his
native town, he is not called an exile.
A ship from abroad, which should enter the harbor of Marseilles
against the order of the health-officer, would be sunk by the guns of the fort.
The government of Massachusetts
applied similar quarantine rules to the morals of the colony, and would as little tolerate what seemed a ruinous heresy, as the French
would tolerate the plague: I do not plead the analogy; the cases are as widely different as this world and the next; I desire only to relate facts with precision.
The ship suspected of infection might sail for another port; and the Quaker
, if he came once, was sent away; if he came again, was sentenced to death, and then might still quit the jurisdiction on a promise of returning no more.
Servetus did but desire leave to continue his journey.
The inquisition hearkened to secret whispers for grounds of accusation; the magistrates of Massachusetts
left all in peace but the noisy brawlers, and left to them the opportunity of escape.
For four centuries, Europe
had maintained that heresy should be punished by death.
, more persons have been burned for their opinions, than Massachusetts
then contained inhabitants.
Under Charles V., in the Netherlands alone, the number of those who were hanged, beheaded, buried alive, or burned, for religious opinion, was fifty thousand, says father Paul
; the whole carnage amounted, says Grotius
to not less than one hundred thousand.
America was guilty of the death of four individuals; and they fell victims