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CONTENT S.

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CHAPTER I.
Early life of Mr. Williams-state of religious affairs in Eng-

land—Mr. Williams embarks for America,

21

CHAPTER II.
Historical sketch-view of the condition of the country, at the

time of Mr. Williams' arrival,

33

CHAPTER III.
Mr. Williams refuses to unite with the Boston church-is in-

vited to Salem-interference of the General Court-removes
to Plymouth-the Indians difficulties at Plymouth-birth of
Mr. Williams' eldest child,

45

CHAPTER IV.
Returns to Salem-ministers' meetings—Court again interferes

-the rights of the Indians—his book against the patent-
wearing of veils—controversy about the cross in the colors,

55

CHAPTER V.
Proceedings which led to his banishment-freeman's oath-va-

rious charges against him-sentence—birth of his second
child-leaves Salem for Narraganset Bay—review of the
causes of his banishment,

CHAPTER VI.
Numbers, condition, language, rights, &c. of the Indians in

New England,

64

CHAPTER XXIV.

Mr. Williams' public services religious habits efforts as a

minister-Indians—private affairs-letter to John Whipple, 326

MEMOIR.

CHAPTER I.

Early life of Mr. Williams-State of religious affairs in England

Mr. Williams embarks for America.

The obvious analogy between human life and a river has supplied the poet with similes, and the moralist with arguments. The resemblance of the two objects is, in this point, at least, worthy of notice, that their origin awakens the curiosity of every reflective mind. This feeling has impelled many travellers to a perilous search for the sources of the Niger and the Nile; and it made Lewis and his as sociates look, with triumphant joy, on the little rill, at the summit of the Rocky Mountains, which flows on,

and expands into the mighty Missouri.

We feel a similar desire, when we survey the actions of a distinguished individual, to learn the incidents of his youth. The mind is perplexed and dissatisfied, if such a personage has suddenly appeared, like Manco Capac to the Peruvians, as if he had indeed alighted on the earth from the sun, or risen, like the fabled Venus, from the

This curiosity has valuable uses. The instruction which is gathered from the lives of men is drawn, in great part, from a view of the steps, by which they ad

ocean,

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