A Troublesome Person
are certain matters concerning which I was
minded not to speak, because of their causing both
Susan and me very much of sadness at the time, and it
has seemed as if I had set down little else except trouble
and suffering, whereas there was very much of the time
when we of Boston enjoyed our life in the New World.
That some will not live as God would have them,
we know only too well, and we found one such among
us during the second year after our village was built.
Thomas Morton was the person who gave the officers
of Boston no little trouble, and in order to tell
understandingly the story of what he did, I must go back to
that time, two years before we landed here, when the
people of Plymouth had cause to complain against this
From what I have heard father say, he had been a
lawyer in the city of London, and came over to Plymouth
hoping to better his fortunes; but because of not being a
God-fearing man, the religious spirit of the colonies
was little to his liking.