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ting off ears, and destroying their innocent lives by the
ignominious gallows. 19. These detestable scenes of more than
savage barbarity, began in the month called July, 1656. Mary Fisher
and Ann Austin having arrived in the road before Boston, the deputy
governor Bellingham, had them brought on shore, and committed to
prison, as Quakers. They were stript naked under pretence of
knowing whether they were witches, " and1 in this search, (says
Sewel, ) they were so barbarously misused, that modesty forbids to
mention it."?After about five weeks imprisonment, they were sent
back to Old England, their beds and bibles being taken by the
jailor for his fees., 20. Scarce a month after, eight others of
those called Quakers came; they were locked up in the same manner
as the former; and after about eleven weeks stay, were sent back.
John Endicot bid them " Take heed that ye break not our
ecclesiastical laws, for then ye are sure to stretch by the
halter." 21. Then a law was made to prohibit all masters of ships
from bringing any Quakers into that jurisdiction. Nicholas Upsal, a
member of the church, and a man of unblamable character, for
speaking against such proceedings, was fined twenty-three pounds,
and imprisoned also for not coming to church; next they banished
him out of their jurisdiction; and though a weakly old man, yet he
was forced to depart in the winter. Nicholas afterwards met with an
Indian prince, who, having understood how he had been used, offered
to make him a warm house; and further said, " What a God have the
English, who deal so with one another about their God !" 22. tThe
following year, 1657, Anne Burden and Mary Dyer were imprisoned at
Boston; and Mary Clark, for warning these persecutors to desist
from their iniquity, was unmercifully rewarded with t...
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