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190 Ohio Arch

190      Ohio Arch. and Hist. Society Publications.

the beginning to within a few years it was the headquarters of

that Order in America. From its halls its preachers went into

all parts of the country.

We now find our time gone and we are only getting into

out subject. Other events are quite as interesting and valuable

but we have restricted ourselves to the very first as closely as

possible, and the half has not been told.

Some one ought to write a history of the first forty years

of religious development in Ohio. With its account of God-

fearing men and women, who hungered for the Manna of Life

in their wilderness home, with its story of the splendid band of

consecrated men of God, who had but one passion, namely, to

win souls, with its narrative of struggle and sacrifice to build

these first temples. Nothing in our state history has such ab-

sorbing interest, such vital realities and such permanent results

in the establishment of our Commonwealth.






Sir William  Berkeley, twice governor of Virginia, made

answer to the inquiries of the Lords of the Committee for the

Colonies in 1671, during his second term of office, and one of

his replies to their questionings was as follows:

"I thank God that we have not free schools nor printing, and I

hope we shall not have these hundred years; for learning has brought

disobedience and heresy and sects into the world, and printing has

divulged them and libels against the government. God keep us from


This pious protest of Governor Berkeley was uttered more

than thirty years after the importation of a press into the colony

of Massachusetts and nearly forty years after the founding of

Harvard, and it has been held to indicate that the cavalier civil-

ization which grew up about the Jamestown settlement was more

conservative in its attitude toward learning and literature than

the puritan civilization of New England. However, the printer's

devil began to get in his work in Virginia long before the expira-

tion of the hundred years' respite for which Governor Berkeley