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by. Already an address to King William had contained the assurance that they had not entered upon the full exercise of the charter government, and was soon answered by the royal assent to the temporary organi- Hutch. i. 347, 348. zation which the council had adopted. But the popu lar party, jealous of the dispositions of Increase Mather, joined with him, in the agency for New England, Sir Henry Ashurst and two of their own adherents, the patriot Elisha Cook, and the honest but less able Thomas Oakes. A revolution in opinion was impending. The reformation had rested truth on the Bible, as the Catholic church had rested it on tradition; and a slavish interpretation of the Bible had led to a blind idolatry of the book. But true religion has no alliance with bondage; and, as the spirit of the reformation, which was but a less perfect form of freedom of mind, was advancing, reason was summoned to interpret the records of the past, and to separate time-hallowed errors from truths of t