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to forfeit the elective franchise.
Could a milder course have been proposed?
When, by experience, this engagement was found irksome to the Quakers, it was the next year repealed.
Brinley, in Mass.
Hist. Coll. v. 216—220; Holmes, i. 341.
Compare, in reply, Eddy in Mass.
Hist. Coll. XVII. 97; Knowles, 324, 325.
Once, indeed, Rhode Island was betrayed into
Chap. XI.} inconsistency.
There had been great difficulties in collecting taxes, and towns had refused to pay their rates.
In 1671, the general assembly passed a law, inflicting a severe penalty on any one who should speak in town-meeting against the payment of the assessments.
The law lost to its advocates their reelection in the next year, the magistrates were
1672. selected from the people called Quakers, and freedom of debate was restored.
George Fox himself was present among his Friends, demanding a double diligence in guards against oppression, and in the firm support of the good of the people.