Excerpt from The Church of England in Colonial New HampshireIn spite of the opposition of the Independents, the Church of England showed unmistakable Signs of growth towards the end of the Seventeenth Century, in the northeastern colonies. A good-sized congregation was formed at Boston; soon houses of worship were being erected. About the beginning of the new century, the apprehensions of the old ...
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ecame very pronounced. The prestige accorded the Church by colonial governors convinced the rock-ribbed Puritans, who had grown accustomed to having their own way unmolested, that a new force was in their midst. Doctor Cotton Mather, the eminent divine, took pains to warn his people against the encroachment. Several pamphlets and a large number of Sermons were directed towards stemming the tide of Anglicanism.The Report of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel for the year 1705 mentions New Hampshire as a field of English Church missionary enterprise. In speaking of the efforts made by the Venerable Society to strengthen the cause of the Church in New England, it records that assistance was given to a minister on the Isles of Shoals, upon the Spot, of £20 for one year, by, the Society. The Report further states that there had been a request for one minister for New Hampshire, and that the appli cants had promised They'll do their best to maintain him.37 There was doubtless very little accomplished in that field.It was in 1732 that the Church of England was once more introduced into the province. The circumstances had grown more and more favourable. Many men of character and wealth, who were members of the Church, had become residents of Portsmouth; and David Dunbar, lieutenant-governor of New Hampshire, was one of the most active factors in forming the congregation.38 That year, a church was erected on the high ground overlooking the river a very neat building.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.