History of the General Or Six Principle Baptists in Europe and America; In Two Parts
General Books LLC, 2009 - 222 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1827. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... RISE AND PROGRESS* Of the General or Six Principle Baptists in Jlmerica. In reviewing these premises, we shall first give a brief account of the discovery and settlement of this country. Christopher Columbus, a native of Genoa, under the patronage of Ferdinand and Isabella, then on the throne of Spain, first discovered this continent, October 12, 1492: after which, various persons, at different times, crossed the Atlantic, and explored Several parts of our coast. After several fruitless attempts, the first permanent settlement was effected at Jamestown, up the Chesapeake bay, in Virginia, by one hundred and five Englishmen, called the London Company, in 1607. The next settlement, and the first in JVew England, was accomplished by a religious society, denominated Puritans, who fled from England by reason of persecution, to Amsterdam, in Holland, in 1607. With their pastor, Mr. Robison, they removed from thence to Leyden, from whence they embarked for America, designing to land up Hudson river; but through the treachery of their captain, they were brought to Plymouth, in Massachusetts. Their motives in this enterprise were, to seek an asylum, where they might freely worship God, according to the dictates of their consciences. After returning thanks to their great benefactor and preserver, they formed themselves into a body politic, chose Mr. John Carver for their Governor, and forty-nine signed the articles of agreement, and then landed, December 22, 1620. Several days were spent in looking out a place of settlement. A number of Indians were discovered, who fled from them. Baskets of corn were found secreted in the sand. At length a place of residence was selected, which they named Plymouth. They then divided into 19 families, each building themselves a cottage. T...
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