[This chapter is mislabeled - it is actually CHAPTER XIV.]
Our Pilgrim Fathers, as Compared to Puritans of Salem and Boston.
Our Forefathers in Plymouth, Duxbury, Marshfield, Scituate, and other towns less prominent in the Colony, were much more humane in the treatment of the inhabitants within their precincts than were the Puritans in Boston and vicinity. In the latter region the poor Quakers, the most harmless and upright classes of citizens in Massachusetts, were most barbarously treated, and Governor Winthrop and Governor Endicott (especially the latter) proved themselves to be the most despotic rulers in their treatment of the Quakers.
There were Mary Dyer and others, who were brave enough to declare their honest convictions, hung on Boston Common because they would not lie and declare that they would give up their Quaker principles. And again, Anna Hutchinson, one of the most intelligent and clear-headed women of Puritan days, was banished from the home she and her husband had established in the town of Boston because, forsooth, she did not believe in the rigid doctrine of the Puritans, and publicly proclaimed her dissensions.
Again, Roger Williams, the father of Rhode Island, banished from the Massachusetts Colony because he would persist in advocating his principles, to the dislike of the Puritans; and what did the leaders of our good Pilgrim Colony do? Instead of rushing him out of the Colony, when he entered their midst, they offered him a home among them. But he would not accept, and journeyed at last to Rhode
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