Anne Hutchinson: Religious Leader (Colonial Leaders) by Beth Clark

By Beth Clark

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Hutchinson might win her case. The first two charges had not been strong enough to get her banished, though she would have been lectured. The third charge did not stand because of John Cotton’s words. After two days of questioning and careful answers from Mrs. Hutchinson, she herself began to speak the words that turned the tide against her. No one knows exactly why, but for some reason, Mrs. Hutchinson began to speak against the colony and tell them that God would curse them for bringing her to trial.

In 1636 the Puritans had banished a man named Roger Williams because he had different ideas than the authorities on many issues. He had founded Rhode Island, and now, in March 1638, the Hutchinsons were on their way to join him there. They left the Massachusetts Bay Colony the day after Anne’s sentence was pronounced. Anne’s younger children had been staying with faithful friends, some of whom decided to leave 61 Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:23 AM Page 62 62 ANNE HUTCHINSON the colony with the Hutchinsons.

If they gave their testimony under oath and were found to be wrong, they would be guilty of lying in Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:21 AM Page 51 Mrs. Hutchinson on Trial court and of taking the name of the Lord in vain. Both charges were very serious. None of the ministers wanted to speak under oath. Finally, John Cotton spoke first. Even though other ministers pressured him, he told the court he did not believe Mrs. Hutchinson accused the ministers of preaching or believing in the Covenant of Works.

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