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Thomas Weld

(c. 1595—1661) Independent minister and religious controversialist


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(1595–1661), English Congregational minister, resided in Massachusetts (1632–41), where he took a leading part in combating the teachings of Anne Hutchinson, and with John Eliot and Richard Mather wrote the Bay Psalm Book (1640). In 1641, with Hugh Peter, he returned to England to represent the colony, and never returned to America. With Peter he edited and in part wrote New Englands First Fruits (1643), but his failure to stop Roger Williams from acquiring a grant of land and his inefficient handling of funds caused his dismissal from the post of representing the Massachusetts Bay Colony in England. He then turned his attention to English religious and political affairs. His interest in New England continued, as may be seen in his An Answer to W.R… (1644), attacking William Rathband's criticisms of New England's “Godly and Orthodoxicall Churches”; A Short Story of the Rise, Reign, and Ruine of the Antinomians … (1644), compiled from Winthrop's account of the Hutchinson episode; and A Brief Narration of the Practices of the Churches in New-England (1645).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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