The New England Historical Genealogical Register

The New England Historical Genealogical Register

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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. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ...omitted in this number of the Register, will appear in tho next with other valuable articles. The editor of this number wishes to have it understood, that he and his associates of the Publishing Committee assumo no responsibility of facts which do not appear in connection with their names. NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER. VOL. IV. JULY, 1850. NO. m. NOTICE OF SAMUEL GORTON. BY CHARLES DEANB, ESQ., OP CAMBRIDGE. Samuel Gorton, "a citizen of London," was born at Gorton, in England, in the early part of the seventeenth century. He arrived at Boston in 1636, where he resided probably but for a short period; and thence went to Plymouth. The reasons for his removal from the Massachusetts colony are variously given. Knowles, in his life of Roger Williams, says: "Here, his religious opinions and conduct occasioned, as we are told, much disturbance, and he removed to Plymouth, in 1637." It is not unlikely that he took part in the antinomian controversy, which was raging in the Massachusetts Colony at that time, and connected himself, as he naturally would, with what proved to bo the weaker party. Cotton, in his reply to Williams, in the appendix to the Bloody Tenet, page 5, says: " Gorton at first arrived in our Bay, and continued a while in our Towne, till a reverened Minister in London, (Mr. Walker) sent over Directions to some friends, to demand an 100 debt of him, which he having borrowed of a Citizen, the Citizen bequeathed it to some good use, whereof Mr. Walker was called to some Trust. But then Mr. Gorton departed out of this Jurisdiction to Plymouth," &c. This statement has been copied both by Hubbard and Mather; but one writer, who erroneously attributes the passage to Mather, more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236887514
  • 9781236887511