The History of Enfield, Connecticut Volume 2

The History of Enfield, Connecticut Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ..."SEPARATlSTS." INTRODUCTION. THE Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth in 1620 were the first "Separatists" and "Strict Congregationalists" in this country. They had separated from the Established Church of England and had formed themselves into a Body of Believers on the strict congregational plan. The Puritans who followed the Pilgrims across the sea, though not " Separate," were Congregationalists in faith and practice. The early settlers of Connecticut held the same religious views. In the Report of Governor Leete, of Connecticut, to the Privy Council of the English King dated 15 July, 1680, is found the following statement: "Our people in this Colony are, some strict Congregationall men, others more large Congregationall men, and some Presbeterians; and take the Congregationall men of both sorts, they are the greatest part of the people in this Colony. There are 4 or 5 seven-day men and about so many more Quakers."--Col. Rec. of Conn., Vol. III, page 299. This shows that the later "Strict Congregational" Churches of Connecticut were legitimate children and had an illustrious ancestry.' To the following Records of the Strict Congregational Church in Enfield, is prefixed the Defense and Declarations of the denomination as formulated by their churches at their Killingly meeting in 1781 and published by them in the same year. Here is found their origin and belief. It is remarkable that these almost forgotten churches should have held so many principles which are to-day the glory of the American people. For, where they stood few and feeble one hundred and fifty years ago, now stand the State and the Nation. Even the very Church from which they came out, now makes " more

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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 187.96 x 243.84 x 20.32mm | 544.31g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123674568X
  • 9781236745682