Anne Hutchinson: Religious Leader (Colonial Leaders) by Beth Clark

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The only people she could count on in the audience were Edward and his wife, her daughter, Faith, and Faith’s husband. Her loyal friend Mary Dyer was also there. Her trouble was not finished. At the church, Anne discovered that the ministers who had visited her at Joseph Welde’s house had brought 57 Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:22 AM Page 58 58 ANNE HUTCHINSON Anne’s good friend Mary Dyer supported her during the difficult times and especially at her harsh sentencing by the church leaders.

She had struggled bravely as she fought for her beliefs, and her eyes had the sad, weary look of a defeated soldier. Many of her friends had either left the colony or were afraid to be on her side anymore. Even her husband, William, was not present that day. He was so sure that Anne would be told to leave the colony that he had taken a team of 19 men to search for a place to build a new home outside the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Several of their adult sons had been with him, but Edward, the oldest, was able to travel back to Boston in time to be with his mother at the meeting.

Anne did not preach or teach as she had done before, but she did enjoy the small gatherings with her friends and finally felt free to worship as she desired. After a few years Anne was settled in her new community, happy and healthy. She was looking forward to growing old peacefully on the island. But in the 63 Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:23 AM Page 64 64 ANNE HUTCHINSON spring of 1642, William Hutchinson became ill and died. After his death, Anne moved with her six youngest children to a Dutch settlement in New York.

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