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The Fathers of New England

A Chronicle of the Puritan Commonwealths

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Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,918 / 136 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54
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Downloads: 504
Added to site: 2009.08.31
mnybks.net#: 25156
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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>Charity, and the Handmaid, and the numbers steadily increased. The settlers were in the main a homogeneous body, both as to social class and to religious views and purpose. Among them were undesirable members--some were sent out by the English merchants and others came out of their own accord--who played stool-ball on Sunday, committed theft, or set the community by the ears, as did one notorious offender named Lyford. But their number was not great, for most of them remained but a short time, and then went to Virginia or elsewhere, or were shipped back to England by the Pilgrims as incorrigibles. The life of the people was predominantly agricultural, with fishing, salt-making, and trading with the Indians as allied interests. The partners in England sent overseas cattle, stock, and laborers, and, as their profits depended on the success of the settlement, did what they could to encourage its development. The position of the Pilgrims was that of sharers and partners with the merchants, from who

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