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claims of Gorges, the government of Maine was to continue as the commissioners had left it. The general court was to execute such commands as exceeded the powers of the magistrates; the general court was therefore convened to consider the letter Sept. 11. from the king. The morning of the second day was spent in prayer; six elders prayed. The next day, after a lecture, some debate was had; and petitions, proposing compliance with the king, were afterwards forwarded from Boston, Salem, Ipswich, and Newbury. Let some regular way be propounded for the debate, Chap. XII.} 1666. said Bellingham, the governor, a man who emphatically hated a bribe.—The king's prerogative gives him power to command our appearance, said the moderate Bradstreet; before God and men we are to obey. —.You may have a trial at law, insinuated an artful royalist; when you come to England, you may insist upon it and claim it.—We must as well consider God's displeasure as the king's, retorted Willoughby; the i<
cting a church. The bishops, answered Sewall, and wisely, would have thought strange to have been asked to contribute towards setting up New England churches. At the instance and with the special concurrence of James II., a tax of a penny in the pound, and a poll-tax 1687. March 3. of twenty pence, with a subsequent increase of duties, were laid by Andros and his council. The towns generally refused payment. Wilbore, of Taunton, was imprisoned for writing a protest. To the people of Ipswich, in town-meeting, John Wise, the minister who Aug 23 used to assert, Democracy is Christ's government in church and state, advised resistance.—We have, said he, a good God and a good king; we shall do well to stand to our privileges.—You have no privilege, answered one of the council, after the arraignment of Wise and the selectmen, you have no privilege left you but not to be sold as slaves.—Do you believe, demanded Andros, Joe and Tom may tell the Felt, 123, 124 125. king what money he <