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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: HISTORY OF THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH IN CONNECTICUT. CHAPTER L THE SETTLEMENT OF NEW ENGLAND, AND THE RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ESTABLISHED BY THE PURITANS. A. D. 1620-1665. Upwards of a century passed away after the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus before our extreme eastern shores were lined with English emigrants. The Pilgrims of Leyden, with an ecclesiastical organization formed before they sailed from Delft Haven, landed at Plymouth in December 1620, and eight years later John Endicott and his company began to plant the Colony of Massachusetts Bay. The resolute and honored Winthrop, and those who immediately followed him, took possession of Boston and the surrounding country in 1630. These were the earliest successful New-England colonies; and through school-books, tales, poems, orations, commemorative addresses, and elaborate histories, we have long been taught that they were the offspring of such direct religious persecution in the mother-country as really drove them from their homes. Those who read VOL. I. 1 history only as a recreation from toil, and shun the labor of collating the representations of different authors, are quite ready to fall into this belief, and to float along with the current of popular feelings and prejudices. To speak the truth and to contemplate with calmness the ferments of an age of revolution, ought not to detract from a proper reverence for the character of our Puritan forefathers. Though we know their imperfections and their faults, which were in a measure the faults of the times and of our common ancestry, we may admire and honor none the less their zeal and bravery ? their earnestness and energy ? their faith and devotion. Dr. Trumbull begins his Complete History of Connecticut, Civil and Ecclesiastical, with this...
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