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Both charges were very serious. None of the ministers wanted to speak under oath. Finally, John Cotton spoke first. Even though other ministers pressured him, he told the court he did not believe Mrs. Hutchinson accused the ministers of preaching or believing in the Covenant of Works. After he had spoken, it looked like Mrs. Hutchinson might win her case. The first two charges had not been strong enough to get her banished, though she would have been lectured. The third charge did not stand because of John Cotton’s words.
Finally they moved to the last accusation against her—that she had insulted the ministers of the church. Actually, the ministers had held a 49 Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:21 AM Page 50 50 ANNE HUTCHINSON conference with her some months earlier. She had been urged to tell them exactly how she felt and what she believed. They promised her the meeting would be private. Now some of the same men who were supposed to keep that meeting secret were telling everyone what she had said. The main point was that she had accused all the ministers, except John Cotton and John Wheelwright, of believing and preaching in the Covenant of Works.
May was the month in which the colony elected new leaders. Two of the most important items for the court were deciding how to punish Anne Hutchinson/Colonial 4 1/16/01 6:21 AM Page 39 The Troubles Begin Wheelwright and electing new officials. When the court gathered, they were given a letter signed by many people in the colony asking them not to punish Wheelwright. Governor Henry Vane wanted to take care of the situation with Wheelwright before any other business was done by the court, but Winthrop and the leaders refused to do anything before the election.
Anne Hutchinson: Religious Leader (Colonial Leaders) by Beth Clark