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information,”—may be, less had been better, for this satisfies not, —“may be less satisfied,”—what justice is that which reacheth not that of God in the conscience, which should be the full-information to witness for you? Which your justice wanting, your full information signifies nothing; and which you wanting, you come to give full information;–“ and men of perverser principles”—so must all those be who join not with you—“to calumniate us”—truth is no slander—“and render us as bloody persecutors,”—who certainly are such—“to satisfy the one”—which never will be—“and stop the mouths of the other,”—which never can be, for it is the Witness of Truth, “we thought fit to declare, that, about three years since, divers persons professing themselves Quakers, &c.,” as in the beginning, which I have already answered, and do make an end with your beginning in the end. And so I have finished my answer to your Declaration. Having thus gone through your Declaration, and related the sufferings of Friends, as they have come under the several heads thereof, and as occasion hath been given me by your said Declaration, I shall now proceed to what was done in the other Colonies through your example, and what Friends have since suffered in your own, and so finish up your sum. No sooner had ye begun your persecution, and drawn the blood of the innocent, but the other Colonies, viz., that of Plymouth Patent chiefly, and New Haven, soon followed after you; as for Connecticut, there was but little done, the governor being a tender man. Plymouth saddle being put upon the bay horse, viz., Boston, (as one who was magistrate of that colony hath expressed it, in a letter written in the sense of the sufferings of these people in that country, hereafter mentioned,) that Patent rides on its career, though not to banishment upon pain of death and ears, yet in other cruelties, as fines, whippings, imprisonments, &c. And New Haven will exteed in burnings in the hand, and other severities. e And here, in the first place, old Nicholas Upshall challengeth the pre-eminence, for the time of his banishment being as early as the proclamation of your law of blood, and coming from you,
being banished, into that jurisdiction for a little shelter in the
before Thomas Southworth and John Alden, two notorious persecutors, who examined them, and required them to depart the colony, telling them they had a law, but would not show it them when they desired it, being strangers, and so let them go. Nevertheless, the next morning, a constable was sent to the inn where they lodged, to keep them from going to Sandwich, whereunto they were bound; their testimony there being received by many with gladness of heart; and unto which place they said they must pass, ere they departed the country, it being required of them by the Lord. But the constable seized them as they were passing thither, and carried them six miles onward to Rhode Island, out of the liberties of the said town, as he was required. They, obeying the Lord rather than man, soon returned to Sandwich, after he left them; where the priests crying to the governor, “Help, help!” he sent his warrant, and caused them to be apprehended in the name of the Protector as extravagant persons and vagabonds, who were freemen, and brought them to Plymouth, where W. Newland, a friendly man, for but demanding of the deputyconstable, who had them in custody, a copy of the warrant, was fined twenty shillings, and sent the second time out of that colony; and the two prisoners required to depart, and forced so to do by the deputy-marshal, who brought them out of that colony fifty miles, and so left them near Rhode Island, the 2d day of the Seventh month, 1657; and this by order of T. Prince, the governor, John Alden, Josiah Winslow, and Thomas Southworth, magistrates, dated at Plymouth, the 31st of August, 1657, who signed the warrant and caused its execution, though they refused to show their law, to which they pretended, for so doing; and though they also said that they believed that they, viz., the prisoners, did not know they had such a law; and threatened them with their “law for vagabonds,” that is to say, whipping, if they came again. How exactly these have learned of you in the beginning, and walked after your unrighteous steps, the reader may perceive, by being as early in the consideration of what ye have done, as in the perusal of this part of their suffering. The next is Humphrey Norton, who fared no better than the rest; for he, coming to that colony in the drawings of the Lord, to visit His Seed and speak at the Court, was apprehended at Sandwich before the Court sat, and had to Plymouth, and there detained a prisoner until he sent a paper to the Court, when he saw that he was not sent for and they were likely to end their sitting, in these words, viz., “I required of you a public examination; and if found guilty, publicly punished; if not, cleared; ” upon which he was had before them, and sentenced to banishment, although what they laid to his charge, as being an extravagant person, was not proved against him, neither could it be, nor anything else of which he was accused. Thus as to banishment. Next as to fines. The first occasion taken against the inhabitants who entertained Friends, and had meetings of those people at their houses, was that of swearing, under the pretence of their serving as jurymen, whereunto they were summoned; and Ralph Alden and William Newland, both inhabitants of Sandwich, were the first pitched upon for that purpose. Ralph Alden was summoned to serve on the high and petty juries at one and the same time, that he might not miss; and W. Newland on the petty jury, and this at twenty miles' distance from the town where they lived. Notwithstanding which, they came thither and manifested their willingness to serve, if it might be without swearing; for that they could not do, it being contrary to the doctrine of Christ. But this was not accepted, it being against their purpose, which was, to question them upon such occasions about having meetings in their houses, which they called disorderly and riotous, though they were peaceful, and of neighbors and Friends only, to wait upon the Lord. For which they were fined twenty shillings a-piece,—W. Newland ten shillings for not serving on the jury, which he refused not to do, but swear he could not; and ten shillings for procuring a copy of the warrant from the deputy-constable by which C. Holder and J. Copeland were apprehended when they first came to his house, as aforesaid; which is a thing that the constable should do, and which the deputy-constable said he thought he might do safely. What havoc is here made of men's liberties, by those who so much pretend to freedom, and came into a free.
country for that purpose ! The governor saying to W. Newland