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    Hamilton Andrews Hill (Author)
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 Excerpt: ...his hearty sympathy to this object, and addressed a letter to Mr. Waddington, dated 138 Piccadilly, London, 22nd April, 1851, from which we quote two or three paragraphs:--'I have read with much pleasure the papers you were kind enough to send me, respecting the efforts you are now making to erect a Congregational church to the memory of the Pilgrim Fathers. In common with most of my countrymen, I entertain the most profound and sincere reverence for the memory of the hand of heroic Christians who--in the face, in the Old World, of neglect if not of oppression, and in the New, of terrific trials, of countless dangers, of death from cold, from starvation, and from a treacherous foe--founded a Christian colony which has now grown into one of the great nations of the earth. If that nation has proved to the world that religious freedom and religious faith may flourish together, or that perfect liberty and perfect law are not incompatible, I attribute it, in no slight degree, to the deep and permanent influence which the principles of Brewster and Robinson, Carver and Bradford, and their little Commonwealth, have had upon its character. 'It seems superfluous to speak of this little community of men and women (noble women, too), which has now become one of the admirations of the world, and which gathered within its ranks as great, I believe, if not a greater amount of Christian faith, fortitude, endurance, and hope than was ever found of equal numbers on earth. The Rock of Plymouth, where they finally made their home, has become our Mecca, to which we annually, on the wintry anniversary of their landing, make a pilgrimage to renew our vows of fidelity to the principles of our forefathers, and offer up our thankful devotions to their and our God for the ...
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