Proceedings at Theannual Meeting

Proceedings at Theannual Meeting

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ...affected the intonations of their posterity. Laughter. I prefer always to regard the Pilgrim Puritans or the Puritan Pilgrims in a large way, as emancipators of the human mind, as evangelists of liberty to mankind. I delight to recall the confession of Hume, partisan of the Stuarts and cynic as well, that the Puritans kindled and preserved in England the spark of liberty, and that to them the English owe the whole freedom of their Constitution. I remember that Bancroft, professor of a different faith, attributes to Calvin the influence which enfranchised the human mind, and carried the doctrines of popular liberty over the globe. Dean Stanley, dignitary of the church from whose persecutions our Fathers escaped, standing in Leyden street in Plymouth, said thoughtfully and reverently, "This is the most historic street in the world." Applause. It deserves special note that the few questionable acts of our fathers appear in a better light as the records of their time are subjected to keener research and criticism. Allowing all that is due to Roger Williams for his assertion of "soul liberty," modern studies have shown that this " conscientiously contentious man,"as one has called him, this "arch-individualist,"asanother has called him, was excluded from the Massachusetts Colony for reasons almost wholly, if not purely political; for his disturbance of the public peace, his insubordination to civil authority outside of matters of religion and belief, his assault on the foundations of civil government. He was visited with none of the dire penalties inflicted in those days on heresy, and was simply allowed to withdraw to the milder climate and better soil of the Narragansetts. Dr. Dexter's monograph on this...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236627164
  • 9781236627162