Excerpt from Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Vol. 10 Account of the New-England Platform; of the attempts made of convert the Natives; and the state of Religion, and order of the Churches from 1648, during the commonwealth in Great-Britain. In the earliest period of our history, the churches of New-England enjoyed religious freedom beyond what could be expected by their brethren in Europe, and were subject to their own religious discipline and order. The clergy aimed t at much power, but were highly respected by the magistrates, who asked their advice upon the most important occasions. From this it has been supposed they had great influence upon the affairs of the community. But what influence they had was more owing to their character, than their office. The magistrates, as members of the churches, were able to give a check to clergymen who thought too highly of themselves. They also were well versed in the scriptures, and had more kwledge of ecclesiastical history than most preachers of the gospel. If we look into the church at Plymount, how very able ought a teacher to be, when goverur Bradford and elder Brewster were among the church members? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy 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.