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Ellis, George Edward, 1814-1894.
Puritan age and rule in the colony of the Massachusetts Bay, 1629-1685.
New York, B. Franklin 
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George Edward Ellis
|Notes:||On spine: Puritan age in Massachusetts.
Reprint of the 1888 ed.
|Description:||xix, 576 pages maps 23 cm.|
|Contents:||I. Boston and public meetings ; Boston settled ; Capital of Massachusetts ; Meetings there ; Its original area and features ; Changes in them ; Changes in population ; Domestic and social qualities and habits ; Recent foreign elements ; Simplicity and integrity of its early municipal government ; Changes in the country towns of Massachusetts ; Puritan Legislation on the Sabbath ; Modern statues upon it ; The founders of Massachusetts ; Their religious aims and motives ; A novel basis for government and citizenship ; An ideal commonwealth administers by the Bible ; Severity of rule and discipline ; John Winthrop the Master Spirit ; His elevated and noble character ; His virtues and services ; Criticisms upon him ; His death and funeral ; Tribute of the general court to him ; Taken as the exponent of the aims of his associates ; Historical judgments upon their spirit and administration ; The claims of truth and candor ; Liberty and conscience, how understood ; A biblical commonwealth or theocracy ; Restraints upon individual liberty ; Domestic and social life ; Trial of their scheme ; Treatment of dissenters ; Stages in the process of liberal principles ; Fanaticism and enthusiasm displaced by rationalism, the effect not necessarily leading to indifference, laxity and degeneracy --
II. The governor and company of the Massachusetts bay ; Charter and territory of, as a trading company ; Members of it ; Endicott as Salem, 1628 ; Cradock, governor ; Transfer of Charter and government here ; Alleged illegality of the measure ; "General considerations" for the plantation ; Design for a particular church --
Meeting at Cambridge ; Original subscriber to agreement for emigration ; John Winthrop made a member of the company, and governor ; Ministers made freemen, for religious motives ; Winthrop's correspondence and preparations to embark ; The fleet ; Tender leave-taking of the English Church --
The charge of insincerity in it ; Higginson's leave-taking ; The voyage begins ; Winthrop's address on the passage ; The covenant with God and each other ; Arrival ; Formation of the first church, after congregational model ; Covenant and organization ; Nonconformist, but not separatists ; Alleged inconsistency in proceedings --
III. The nonconformists and the church of England ; Puritans distinguished between nonconformists and separatists ; The difference defined ; Principles of the Puritans ; Misrepresentations ; Their early appearance and influence at the reformation ; The church of England with a lay head ; The growth of the church of Rome ; Slow, impeded, inconsistent, and arrested progress of the papal church ; Formative period of the English church ; The early puritans; their high position, character, influence, and aims ; Dicordances among the bishops ; Violent changes in government in successive reigns ; Henry VIII ; Versatility of the English people ; The undefined standard and degree of reformation and reconstruction ; Substitute for the papal church ; The puritans plant themselves strictly upon the scriptural model for the church, repudiating tradition and sacerdotalism ; The Puritans and the Bible ; The laity first asserting their claims ; Lectureship and conferences ; Puritan view of a church ; Denial of a threefold order in the ministry ; The Scripture office of parity of the ministry ; Apostolic succession ; "Inferior clergy" ; Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth, James I ; Modern recognition of puritan principles by divines of the English church ; Modern scheme for "Christian Unity" ; Stages of the reformation ; Bible and services in English ; Form of baptism ; Puritan "scruples" ; Nonconformity ; The rise of sects, enthusiasts and fanatics ; The Puritan scholars who came to New England ; Objections to the book of common prayer ; Saint's days and holy days condemned by Cranmer ; Puritan objections to ; Liberty of conscience ; Massachusetts Puritanism ; Lines of division in institution and worship ; Strengthened prejudices and alienations ; The English state church and dissenters ; The reconciliation of time and liberalism IV. The puritans and the Bible : The Bible ; Puritanism founded upon it ; Relations between them ; "The word of God" ; The reformation substituted the bible for the authority and uses previously served by the church ; The consequences of this ; The Bible breaks the sway of the priesthood ; Laymen come to their rights ; The Bible secondary in the papal church ; The Bible in the Westminster Confession ; The Bible introduces democracy in church and state ; Claims made for the Bible ; Assumptions and overestimates ; Results from these ; Accord in belief made impossible ; Right of private judgment ; Inspiration ; Labor of apologists, expositors, and commentators ; Attempt at revision ; Change in the estimate of the Bible ; The puritan conception of God ; The puritan or Westminster Creed digested from the Bible ; The teachings of that creed ; The severity and cruelty taught by that creed ; Stern sincerity of the puritan belief ; Reduced views of the Bible ; Logic of Calvinism ; Progressive theology ; Puritan covenant ; Puritan diaries ; Puritan Prayers and worship ; Fasts and thanksgivings ; The Bible in the puritan households V. The biblical commonwealth ; Basis of government of the founders of Massachusetts ; The will and law of God revealed in a book ; Records of the government ; Ideal schemes of society and commonwealths ; The Massachusetts theocracy ; Mormonism ; Divine obligations imposed ; Plan of the Puritan Commonwealth ; The Old Testament rather than the New ; The statues, laws and ordinances of God ; Politics of Puritanism ; A theocracy ; Natural and revealed religion and philosophy ; Method of revelation ; Theophanies and inspiration ; Reformers ; Severity of the puritan rule ; Illustrations of Biblical legislation ; The magistrates ministers of God ; The laity and the clergy ; The elders subordinate ; Their functions and influences ; Moses his judicials ; Laws VI. Church membership and the franchise ; Membership of the Massachusetts Bay company ; Admission of freemen ; Church membership the condition ; Numbers of, admitted ; Remonstrance and vindication ; The freeman's oath ; The churches to consist of "Saints" ; Method for membership ; Baptism, Religious experience ; Admission ; Covenant ; Discipline ; Admonition ; Excommunication ; The court interferes with the independence of churches ; Compulsory support of religion ; Form of church government ; Dread of Presbyterianism ; Synod at Cambridge ; Religious legislation ; Proceedings against heresy ; Sabbath laws --
VII. Administration under the charter : Charter Rights of the Massachusetts Bay company ; Conflicting views on ; Claims of the court ; Exercise of authority ; Legal or inferential rights ; Rights assumed in legislation ; Clearing the territory ; Granting privileges ; Banishment ; Legislation in Virginia ; Population of Massachusetts ; The Hudson Nay Company's charter ; Governor Winthrop on the Massachusetts charter ; Rights of the colonists as Englishmen ; Legal opinion on rights conferred by the charter ; The members of the company partners and owners ; Colony records and town histories ; Massachusetts municipalities ; Public Schools ; The college ; Legislation on Intoxicating liquors; on apparel ; Sumptuary laws VII. Administration under the charter : Charter Rights of the Massachusetts Bay company ; Conflicting views on ; Claims of the court ; Exercise of authority ; Legal or inferential rights ; Rights assumed in legislation ; Clearing the territory ; Granting privileges ; Banishment ; Legislation in Virginia ; Population of Massachusetts ; The Hudson Nay Company's charter ; Governor Winthrop on the Massachusetts charter ; Rights of the colonists as Englishmen ; Legal opinion on rights conferred by the charter ; The members of the company partners and owners ; Colony records and town histories ; Massachusetts municipalities ; Public Schools ; The college ; Legislation on Intoxicating liquors; on apparel ; Sumptuary laws VIII. The banishment of Roger Williams : Character and fame of Roger Williams ; His career ; His Biographers ; Early life ; A separatist ; Declines to be teacher of Boston church ; Not a freeman ; Called to Salem Church ; Interference of the magistrates ; William goes to Plymouth ; His repute there ; Returns to Salem ; His "large book in quarto" on the patent ; The magistrates peruse it, and object to it ; His criticism of the patent ; The rights of the Indians ; Claims to sovereignty ; Williams consents to burn his book ; He again stands by it ; He, with Endicott, mutilates the king's colors ; The magistrate again interposes ; Williams refuses the resident's oath ; Summoned before the General court ; Charges against him ; The town and the church of Salem offended by the temper of the court ; Williams resents the treatment of his church, by writing "letters of defamation" to the other churches ; The elders remonstrate effectively with the Salem Church ; William, in displeasure withdraws from it ; He becomes a "come-outer" and holds a separate service ; The court sentences him to banishment ; His private withdrawal ; His parting with Winthrop ; In the wilderness ; Befriended by the Indians ; At providence ; Is rebaptized, and afterwards renounces the rite ; Embarks at New York for England ; The charter for Rhode Islands ; Petition to sail to England from Boston granted ; His life and kind services in Rhode Island ; His sentence revoked by Massachusetts ; His death ; Statue and park memorials IX. Mrs. Hutchison and the antinomian controversy : Religious controversies ; Old polemics ; Justification and sanctification ; Meaning of antinomianism ; Fanaticism and enthusiasm ; Excesses of sectarism ; Mrs. Hutchinson and John Wheelwright in Boston ; Join the church ; Her kind services to women ; Holds women's meetings ; Criticises the ministers ; Arrival of Henry Vane and Hugh Peter ; Variance in Boston Church about Wheelwright ; Vane, Peter, Dudley and Winthrop ; Mrs. Hutchison's opinions and meetings brought under question ; Aggravations of strife ; Inferences ; The controversy about Wheelwright ; Vane chosen governor ; A party in the contest ; Scene in the court ; Petty and serious variances ; Increasing feuds and excitements ; Mr. Cotton under a cloud ; A fast ; Wheelwright's sermon ; The court and church ; Mrs. Hutchison and Wheelwright repudiate antinomianism ; The two covenants of faith and works ; Court held at Cambridge ; Winthrop displaces Vane as governor ; Law excluding strangers ; Controversy between Vane and Winthrop ; Vane returns to England ; His character ; Synod at Cambridge, and its results ; Remonstrance to court ; Wheelwright tried and banished ; Mrs. Hutchison tried and banished ; Her examination ; Complications and bitterness of the strife ; Disarming and banishing of remonstrants ; Mrs. Hutchison before the church ; Admonished and excommunicated ; She goes to Rhode Island ; Her meetings there ; Still under ward of the church ; Discipline continued ; Her sons in Rhode Island and Boston ; Her friends ; The death of her husband ; Her removal to the Dutch at Astoria ; She and her large family there, save one child, the victims of an Indian Massacre ; The process of reconciliation ; Mrs. Hutchison's posterity ; Mr. Wheelwright's petition and forgiveness ; Character and elements of the antinomian controversy X. A Jesuit enjoys puritan hospitality : The French in Canada ; Massachusetts law against Jesuits ; Diplomacy for trade ; Papistical visitors to Boston ; Winthrop's account of ; Miles Standish at the Kennebec ; Father Gabriel Druillette and the Abenaquis ; His mission from governor D'Ailleboust to Massachusetts ; His journal ; His friend John Winslow ; Travel and Voyage ; At Boston ; Guest of Major-General Gibbons ; Visits governor Dudley ; Guest of the Magistrates ; Visits Plymouth ; Guests of Governor Bradford ; His errand ; Visits the apostle Eliot ; Courteous interview ; Returns to Boston ; His instructions ; Visits governor Endicott ; Returns home ; Makes a second visit --
XI. The Baptists under Puritan discipline : Baptists and Anabaptists ; Doctrine of the Roman Church on Baptism ; The English church ; The Puritan doctrine ; Infant baptism ; Lack of New Testament Authority ; Takes the place of circumcision ; Inferential teaching ; Anabaptists of Holland and Germany ; Fanatical extravagances ; Anabaptists in Rhode Island ; Baptists in Massachusetts ; First dissentients form the Westminster doctrine of infant baptism ; Discipline of ; Law against Anabaptists ; Discontent caused by ; Massachusetts and Plymouth colonies ; Visit of Rhode Island Baptists to Boston ; Severe dealings with them ; President Dunster of Harvard College ; His character and services ; His views on Infant Baptism ; Under church discipline ; Impugned by the court ; Conference with elders ; Dunster resigns his office ; His protest against the baptism of an infant ; Admonished by the court ; His final resignation ; Treatment of him ; His successor appointed ; His final appeal ; Removal to Scituate ; His death ; Interment at Cambridge ; Monument ; Baptists in Boston established separate congregations ; Opposition to them ; Their final triumph ; Reconciliation --
XII. The instruction of the quakers : Consternation in Boston on the first arrival of quakers ; Antagonism of Puritans and quakers ; Principles of either party ; Origin of the quakers ; Their obnoxious behavior behavior obscured their noble principles ; Appeared to be wild and lawless fanatics ; Quaker literature ; Two classes of it ; Earliest tracts ; Their spirit, sentiments, and language ; Later Quaker literature ; Quakerism an Eclecticism ; George Fox, organizer of the society of friends ; His divine call and commission ; His Whimseys and oddities ; Treatment of Quakers in England ; Opinions held about them ; Dread of the them in Massachusetts ; A fast day ; Attitude of Puritans and Quakers, and opinions about each other as they meet ; The first arrival of Quakers ; Their history ; Proceedings against them by the magistrates ; Arrival of others ; Imprisoned and sent off ; Protest against their treatment ; The court passes the first law against Quakers ; Proceedings under it ; Sufferers ; Comers by sea, and those from Rhode Island ; Their alleged vagabondism, illiteracy and blasphemy ; Extravagances ; Further legislation unavailing ; Death penalty proposed ; Opposition to ; Division in the court ; Capital law passed by a majority of one ; Massachusetts correspondence with other colonies ; Treatment of Quakers with them ; Quaint letter from Rhode Island ; Sentences to death, by Massachusetts court ; Robinson and Stevenson executed ; Mary Dyer reprived, returns and is put to death ; Petition from her husband ; William Leddra executed ; Consent of Quakers under death sentence to go off ; Popular opposition against further breaks down the court ; Quakers in prison ask for release and agree to leave jurisdiction ; A general jail delivery ; Court addresses the king ; New law for whipping ; All Quakers in prison released ; The Quakers appeal to Charles II ; His letter to the court ; The effect of it ; The court's reply ; The king in a second letter authorizes a sharp law against the Quakers ; Excesses of some of the Quakers ; Further legislation ; Pacification and tolerance ; Roger Williams in controversy against the Quakers XIII. The downfall of the Colony Charter : Causes with threatened the Charter Government ; Impracticability of the scheme of theocracy ; Its ill-working ; Persistency of its administrators ; Temporary success ; Discussion on relations to England ; Parliamentary commissioners ; Diplomacy and agents ; Dissension and discontent among the people ; Enemies and complainants in England ; Political changes and influences there ; Charles II. Concerns himself with the affairs of Massachusetts ; The court first under agitation ; The charter concealed ; The restriction of the Franchise qualified ; The relations of conformists and dissenters inverted ; Letters to the king ; Relations between Massachusetts and the other New England colonies ; Chancellor Clarendon's commissioners to New England ; Their reception in Massachusetts ; The king requires agents to be sent to him ; Contests and variances with the commissioners ; The book of common prayer ; The book of the General Lawes and liberties ; The commonwealth ; A categorical question ; The discomfiture of the commissioners ; The court sends presents to the king ; The college and public schools ; Peril temporarily averted ; King Philip's war ; First appearance of the agents sent by the court ; Randolph's machinations ; The king's demands ; The court's tenacity ; The contestants matched ; Randoph's voyages to and fro ; His representation of the Bostoneers ; Complaints of Mason and Gorges ; More agents sent ; Further complications ; Dissensions ; Appeals to the king on Charter rights, and the peculiar religious intent of the colony ; Distractions in the court ; Death of Charles II ; Accession of James II ; Chancery proceedings against the charter ; Its condemnation and fall ; Sad and awfull circumstances ; Results of the theocratical experiment ; Forms of intolerance ; The basis of government ; The fruitage of Puritanism ; Medievalism, ecclesiasticism and sacerdotalism ; The puritan minister ; Puritan intolerance ; Christian unity --
Note on Salem Witchcraft
|Series Title:||American classics in history and social science, 135.; Burt Franklin research & source works series, 522.|
|Other Titles:||Puritan age in Massachusetts|