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March 27, 2014

Powow preacher spats with Puritans

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The crew made it to safety to Nantucket, where Macy took an active role in negotiating the purchase of the island.

Thomas Mayhew sold it for 30 pounds sterling and two beaver hats.

Although Macy was accused of skirting the Mass Bay despots, this sturdy pioneer preacher consciously chose not to accept laws that openly engaged in religious persecution.

With that said, no one could accuse this pulpiteer of missing his true calling where “charity and freedom dwell,” so “Let the dim shadows of the past” be a reminder for today.

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More next month from the Macy-Colby Home — taproom tiffs and courtroom clashes. Visit Melissa Berry’s blog, http://ancestoryarchives.blogspot.com.

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