Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Anne Hutchinson's Testimony

I learned today that some of you still have not been able to buy an anthology. Here, then, is a link to excerpts from Anne Hutchinson's 1637 testimony.

Unfortunately this text is edited and excerpted somewhat differently than the version in the anthology. For this reason, I don't think I can put a passage from Hutchinson's testimony on Friday's quiz. The passages will thus come from Winthrop's sermon, "A Modell of Christian Charity," or the preface and first five chapters of Hope Leslie.

Read the testimony, though, and ask yourself why Winthrop would have bothered to write this down and have it published. If he thinks of Hutchinson as a heretic, doesn't this just allow her to publicize her dangerous ideas? Do you think he thinks he's refuting her ideas? Doesn't she seem to be holding her own?

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