The Patriots Daily Bites of American History,The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5: Escaping to Holland #12
PEARL LEONA STURGIS
The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
Escaping to Holland:
While Raleigh writes in prison the Pilgrims escape to Holland. It is all going on at the same time in different areas and all with the same heart, as Columbus said many years before, “To loose the gates fast shut with chains.” To separate from the established church was punishable by death but eventually the seven men who were held in prison were released.
It seemed in their case that the authorities in Boston had looked the other way and set the prisoners free. Again they had to trust another Dutch Captain but they thought their escape was worth the risk of another betrayal. The Dutch Ship Master was from Zealand and promised faithfully he would deliver the Pilgrims to Amsterdam. They were to meet at a secluded spot between Hull and Grimsley.
The women were to row out off shore for a distance to meet the Dutch ship and the men were to walk 40 miles and wait on shore while small boats arrived to bring them a few at a time to the big Dutch Ship. The women had arrived early and by morning they could see the big Dutch Ship off shore but a storm had brought in the tide and their boat was stuck in the mud.
They could not help but wait for the noon tide to free their boat so they could sail. Meanwhile the Dutch ship began sending out small row boats to fetch the men waiting on shore. When the second boat was about to return the Dutch Captain saw uniformed soldiers carrying weapons and feared for his ship so he sailed away with what passengers he had.
After four days of sailing in stormy weather the Englishmen sent word back to the men’s families that they arrived safely in Amsterdam. Then after a long time of separation for those families they made it and were rejoined in 1608. Brewster stayed behind till the last families were safe. Here are the final words of John Robinson, the Pilgrims’ pastor in Amsterdam: “ We did not forsake our country but we are forsaken by our country; expelled by most extreme laws; contrived and executed by the prelate on their own behalf.”
(to be continued)
To be Continued in the Next Daily Bites of History Series
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