Religion: Quaker Revival

Disembarking at Boston in 1656, Mary Fisher, "a religious maiden," and her companion Ann Austin, Quakers, were welcomed by hangman, by gaoler. The hangman made a public bonfire of all books found in their possession. The gaoler, after examining them for evidence of witchcraft, clapped them into jail, where they lay five weeks. Then the religious maidens were shipped back -to England.

So upset were the people of Massachusetts that they made a law. The next Quaker to land would get one ear lopped off. If he came back, off with the other ear!...

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