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THE

BAPTIST MAGAZINE.

JANUARY, 1849.

SCENES IN THE LIFE OF ROGER WILLIAMS,

FOUNDER OF THE COLONY OF RHODE ISLAND.

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In the early part of the sixteenth neither he nor his benefactor anticicentury, the celebrated Sir Edward pated, for the important and peculiar Coke is said to have observed, in a place work to which God had destined him. of public worship, an interesting looking His early history is generally shrouded boy taking notes of the sermon. His in darkness. The course of a diligent curiosity was excited ; and he requested student is not usually fraught with the youth to show him what he had events which attract the attention even written. The evidence of talent which of contemporaries. His own pen, howthe manuscript exhibited, impressed the ever, recorded, late in life, one fact of learned attorney-general so favourably, great importance. “The truth is,” he that he requested the boy's parents, who says, “from my childhood, now above were in humble circumstances, to entrust threescore years, the Father of lights their son to his care. They did so ; and and mercies touched my soul with a Roger Williams was, in consequence, love to himself, to his only begotten, the sent to the university of Oxford, where true Lord Jesus, and to his holy scriphe attained considerable proficiency in tures.” logic and the classics. He afterwards commenced the study of the law under the guidance of his generous patron, In February, 1031, two persons who naturally desired to train his pupil placed their feet, for the first time, on to the profession which he himself the American soil, at Nantasket, near adorned. Thus was he led to an ac- Boston. One, whose countenance beamquaintance with the principles of law ed with energy and candour, a man of and government, and prepared by pro-thirty-two years of age, who having revidential occurrences, the issue of which ceived in England what were called

VOL. XII.-- POURTH SERIES.

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