There was better promise from the house which
a burgrave of Nuremberg
, one of the wisest, most right-minded, and most popular statesmen of his age,1
and whose days in his land were long, had transplanted to Brandenburg
In 1613, when the congregation of the Pilgrims at Leyden
was growing by comers from England
, the elector of Brandenburg
, John Sigismund, after eight years of reflection, adopted the faith of those who were to plant Massachusetts
, and passed with all formality, out of the church in which so much only of the precepts of Luther prevailed as the princes of his day could tolerate, into the more liberal church that had been formed under republican auspices by Calvin.
In 1618, while the Pilgrims were pleading for leave to emigrate with an English charter, according to the rules of colonization of Luther, the elector of Brandenburg
pledged himself anew to the reformation by uniting to his possessions secularized Prussia
Between all whom one and the same renovating principle rules, inspires, and guides, there exists an unwritten alliance or harmony, not registered in the archives of states, showing itself at moments of crisis.
Protestantism struggled for life alike in Germany
and in New England
, not always with equal success.
With the constitution of Plymouth
, which was signed in Cape Cod harbor
, it triumphed in New England
in the same month in which it was struck down on the White Mountain
The year in which the Catholic
reaction crushed the municipal liberties of Protestant Rochelle
, the reformation was rescued in Germany
by the relief of Stralsund, and extended in