Skip to content


Choose a Chapter | Purchase the eBook

1 The Collision Of Cultures
2 Britain And Its Colonies
3 Colonial Ways Of Life
4 The Imperial Perspective
5 From Empire To Independence
6 The American Revolution
7 Shaping A Federal Union
8 The Federalist Era
9 The Early Republic
10 Nationalism And Sectionalism
11 The Jacksonian Impulse
12 The Dynamics Of Growth
13 An American Renaissance: Religion, Romanticism, And Reform
14 Manifest Destiny
15 The Old South
16 The Crisis Of Union
17 The War Of The Union
18 Reconstruction: North And South
19 New Frontiers: South And West
20 Big Business And Organized Labor
21 The Emergence Of Urban America
22 Gilded-age Politics And Agrarian Revolt
23 An American Empire
24 The Progressive Era
25 America And The Great War
26 The Modern Temper
27 Republican Resurgence And Decline
28 New Deal America
29 From Isolation To Global War
30 The Second World War
31 The Fair Deal And Containment
32 Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 19451960
33 Conflict And Deadlock: The Eisenhower Years
34 New Frontiers: Politics And Social Change In The 1960s
35 Rebellion And Reaction In The 1960s And 1970s
36 A Conservative Insurgency
37 Triumph And Tragedy: America At The Turn Of The Century

Mary Dyer (1659)

» Return to Document Reader
» Worksheet

Letter from Mary Dyer to the Massachusetts General Court appealing to them to stop persecuting the Quakers.

"Whereas it said by many of you that I am guilty of mine own death in my coming to you voluntarily to Boston: I therefore declare unto every one of you that hath ears to hear... that I am therein clear and justified by the Lord in whose Will I came and to whom I commit my soul and body...It is not mine own life I seek for, I choose rather to suffer with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of Egypt, but the Life of the seed, which I know that the Lord hath blessed...Therefore in love and compassion, I beseech you to repeal all such Laws so that you let these innocent servants of God have free passage among you.....For do you think you can restrain those whom you call the children of darkness, 'cursed Quakers' from coming among you, by anything you can do to them! God hath a Seed here among you for whom we have suffered and yet suffer, and the Lord of the harvest will send more labourers to gather this seed....I have no self-ends, the Lord knoweth, for if my life were freely granted by you, it would not avail me, so long as I should daily hear or see the sufferings of these people, my dear brethren and sisters, with whom my life is bound up, as I have done these two years. In love and in the spirit of meekness I again beseech you, for I have no emnity to the persons of any, but you shall know that God will not be mocked and what you sow that shall you reap from him...O harken, for the Seed's sake, which is One in all...I appeal to the faithful and true witness of God, which is One in all consciences, before whom we must all appear"


Section Menu

Organize

Learn

Connect

Multimedia

Norton Gradebook

Instructors now have an easy way to collect students’ online quizzes with the Norton Gradebook without flooding their inboxes with e-mails.

Students can track their online quiz scores by setting up their own Student Gradebook.