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“Edward charged the said deputy, saying, ‘Richard, thou “throwest forth thy flood of false accusations, but thou provest “nothing that thou chargest; and as for thy fears, it shall come “upon thee.' You are to be whipped fifteen lashes and com“mitted to prison a month.” So you sent him to the great gun, and whipped him as aforesaid, and then committed him to prison for a month; and although the king's commissioners out of their tender regard to his innocent and cruel sufferings said, “They would have him out of prison,” you kept him in until the month was expired. And as for Hannah Wright, one John Richbel, a merchant, came and requested her liberty out of your hands. This Hannah Wright, being a girl of about thirteen or fourteen years of age, whose sister Mary ye had banished before, came in the motion of the Lord from Oyster Bay, in Long Island, some hundreds of miles to Boston; and in your Court, being filled with the dread and power of the Lord, warned you in the Name of the Lord, “Not to shed the blood of the innocent any more;” which so fell upon you, and chained you down, that for a time ye were not able to speak a word, or open a mouth against her; till Edward Rawson, being filled with the wicked one, said to this effect, “What | Shall we be daunted by such a one as this? Come, give us a cup of drink, or a dram of the bottle.” . This ye went over, children, people of years, men, women, old and young, infant of days, as it were, and such as stoop for age, witnesses on every hand, your own neighbours, countrymen, strangers, early and late, again and again for ten years together, men and their wives, and families; men of dissolute conversations reclaimed, word, sign, suffering constancy through all, not fearing your fears, nor being afraid of the threats; husbands offering up their wives, wives their husbands; parents their children, children their parents; bond, free, laying down life, estate, and all. None of this will you hear, but have shut your ears, hardened your hearts, and closed your eyes, that wrath may come upon you to the uttermost. So all these things, and much more which might have been written, have the innocent suffered by you, you antichristian professors of New England, because they cannot forsake the way of the Lord, nor walk with you in the way of Cain, who slew his brother; and so upon you is likely to come the blood of all the righteous generation; but these horrible things have you done, to the incurring the indignation of the Lord against yourselves, to the eternal shame and reproach of your religion, and to the violation of the king's promise, who promised us, in the word of a king, “That none of us should suffer for our religion;” but in all the things that have been suffered revenge is not sought, neither is a recompense looked for from man therein, but they can be freely forgiven. Nevertheless, in the moving of the Lord these things are written, that the generations to come may see and know what a great profession may turn men unto, whose delight is to live in an outside form, but out of the true sense of the life and power of God. A few words now concerning the notable judgments of the Lord on one or two more of you, as a further taste of your spirits, or of what lodgeth in you, who thus have sought to devour and destroy the innocent, and then I shall end. Major-General Adderton, who was the man that said unto Wenlock Christison, when he was tried for his life, “The judgments of the Lord God are not come upon us yet.” Upon a certain day, this Adderton having been in his pomp, exercising his men of war, and riding on his horse; after he had done his work, and about the evening was riding home to his house, about the place where they usually loosed Friends from the cart after they had whipped them from Boston, a cow, as is supposed, came and crossed the way, at which his beast was thought to have been affrighted, which threw him so that he died, his eyes being started out of his head like saucers, his brains out of his nose, his tongue out of his mouth, and his blood out of his ears. Thus fared it with him, who, tempting the Lord when He spake by His servant, and servants of His judgments, “that they were not come,” came to know them suddenly, as the Word of the Lord was spoken to him in the Court by the said Wenlock as aforesaid. And thus he who, upon the execution of Mary Dyer, told our Friends, “That Mary Dyer hung as a fiag,” + a most insulting and heathenish expression, came to be turned over himself, and to be as a flag of warning, by his dreadful example, to all that dare to persecute and make sport at the shedding of innocent blood, and the most cruel sufferings of the innocent, and to tempt the Lord concerning His judgments. John Norton, your high-priest, that encouraged and set on the shedding the blood of the innocent, who was instrumental in the shedding of the blood of four of the innocent servants of the Lord, and of condemning of a fifth unto death, who, when you paused upon the execution of William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson, and forbore it a day, encouraged you thereunto, and to the rest of your cruel work, which is his and will be your burden in the day of the Lord; who, when William Brend was so inhumanly beaten, his flesh into a jelly, with one hundred and seventeen blows with a great pitched rope, so that the prison doors were set open, and bills were set, that the jailer should be dealt with; your governor's surgeon coming in, and judging that his flesh would rot from his bones ere it could come to digest, and
so kill him, J. N. said, “If William Brend will endeavour to beat
our gospel ordinances black and blue, and if he was beaten black ..and blue, it was just upon him, and he would appear upon his” (that is, the jailer's), “behalf:” whereupon there was no further inquiry. He was over in England, as aforesaid, as your agent, and wrote that scurrilous book against the Truth, The Heart of Mew England Rent, and truckled with the archbishop, and brought over the cushion from him; because of which, and the effect of his agency, many of your members groaned, as being brought into bondage by him.f This bloody persecutor ended his days, and was cut off in a little time with a stroke that was too heavy for him; being at your worship-house in the fore part of the day, and intending to go in the after, the Lord met with him, so that as he was walking in his house he fetched a great groan, and leaning his head against the mantel-tree of the chimney, and being sensible of the just judgments of God upon him, gave a signification thereof, saying, “The hand or the judgment of the Lord is upon me,” he sunk down, and spake no more; and if an old man had not been with him, he had fallen into the fire. The Lord is just, who will not let the wicked go unpunished. Old Timothy Dalton, priest at Hampton, and his brother Philemon, two inveterate enemies to Truth, were soon taken away, Philemon by the falling of a tree on his leg, which themselves thought the Quakers would take notice of; the other by another visitation. The priest called the Truth “Blasphemy,” when Wenlock Christison and Friends reasoned with him thereabouts. Now, as to passages:— Edward Wharton being with John Endicott, your governor, when he was sentenced as a vagabond, your governor said, “That every soul ought to be subject to the Higher Power.” Edward demanded thereupon, “Whether that which set up the golden image, and required all to fall down and worship it, was the Higher Power?” He replied, “Yea.” “And whether the power that required Daniel to be cast into the lions' den for praying to any besides the king for thirty days, was the Higher Power?” He said, “Yea.” Edward demanded, “Whether the three children that were cast into the fiery furnace for not falling down and worshipping the golden image, did well? And whether Daniel for praying to his God, contrary to what he called the Higher Power did command, to which he said every soul was to be subject, did well?” He replied, “Yea,” also. Rawson standing by, tion of ruin to all their liberties; and his melancholy mind imagined that his best friends began therefore to look awry upon him. It was commonly judged, that the smothered griefs of his mind, upon the unkind resentments, and seeing how the governor had contradicted himself, to help him out, said, “They did obey the Higher Power by suffering.” Edward replied, “So do we.” A question was put to Bryan Pembleton, one of your magistrates, of whom mention is made before, “What anointing was that which the Apostle John exhorted the saints unto in that day?” Pembleton answered, “That John was either a fool or a madman, or else he did not know what he said.” Then he was asked, “What was that light which shone about Paul ?” His answer was, “It was the light of the devil, for aught he did know.” His shepherd, the priest, was with him when he spake these blasphemous words. What other than the rehearsed cruelties can be expected from such blasphemers? The questions put to Bryan Pembleton and the priest, concerning the anointing, etc., were by George Walton, and his wife Alice, and daughter Abishag, who being convinced of the Truth, this magistrate and priest came to their house, seeking to turn them therefrom, upon which these questions arose; they lived on the great island in the Piscataqua, and this Alice was one of the women the most accounted of for profession in the island, whom it troubled them to lose; but Truth took her, and overturned the priest. One of your magistrates asked one of our Friends in the Court at Boston, “Where she dwelt?” She answered, “In God, for in Him we live, in Him we move, and have our being.” Said a member of your church, “So doth every dog and cat.” “Here is one,” said Wenlock, “that speaks blasphemous words, whose name is Joshua Scotaway.” Priest Leveridge having a dispute at his house at Huntington, on Long Island, with George Preston, Mary Tomkins, and Alice Ambrose, he denied that there was any revelation in these days. George Preston demanded, “From what, then, did he minister in himself, and to what?” He answered, “From the Spirit of the Lord, to the souls of the people.” And yet he denied revelation. Mary and Alice demanded of him, “What did he profit the people, seeing he denied revelation?” He answered, “He
* It is to be noted, that being brought in, his blood ran through the floor of their Court House, where they had given sentence for taking away the blood of God's people; yea, in the place where the said man had boasted, “That Mary Dyer hanged like a flag;” which is very observable. William Coddington's Demonstration, page 9.
f “Concerning whom,” Cotton Mather says, Book III., chap. i., page 38, “there were many who would not stick to say, that he had laid the foundawhich he thought many people had of his endeavours to serve them, did more than a little hasten his end."