Thomas Morton: Contribution as American Writer

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      Thomas Morton, who thumped his nose of the saints in the Plymouth, might seem a prototype of American non-conformity. He was forerunner of the later revolt against the Puritan ethic. To William Bradford and other Pilgrims, “he was a wicked debauched hedonist” whose presence threatened the holy enterprise in the new world by profession he was a lawyer and an adventurer by disposition. First, he came to New England in 1622 - only one of four, is in which did not end up in jail. Only in 1625 he settled with Captain Wollaston at Quincy in Massachusetts. After in departure of Wollaston, he renamed the community as Mary Mount and it became an outrage to the neighborhood Puritans. He increased the threat to their lives by selling and whisky for Indians for furs and it was later captured by a band of pilgrims because he set a May Pole at Mary Mount. As a result, he was sent back to England by arrest.

      Again Morton returned to New England in 1630 for another mind of capture, arrest and deportation. In England, he got acquitted from the jail, so that he could testify to those High churchmen who wanted to have colonial character revoked. Its most important work is New English Canaan which was in 1637 at Holland. The book depicts the life of Indians, enchantment of America, and the errors of Massachusetts Puritans. In 1643, he returned again to Massachusetts to spend another year in jail before retiring to Maine where he died in 1646.

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