Essay on Anne Hutchinson Biography

2555 Words Apr 13th, 2005 11 Pages
The reason I picked this topic is because I admire Anne Hutchinson and the history of her

life and I strongly believe in the rights of the individual to freedom of thought, freedom of

speech, and the freedom to worship. She is a real hero because she faced adversity but she

refused to betray her ideals or ethics no matter what the cost was.

Anne Hutchinson, was born Anne Marbury, in Alford, Lincolnshire, England, in July,

1591, the daughter of Bridget Dryden and Francis Marbury, a deacon at Christ Church,

Cambridge. She was the second of 13 children. For years everyone in England had been

Catholic. Then, almost 100 years before Anne was born, King Henry VIII of England, the leader

at the time, left the
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He believed that people were saved and sent to heaven

by complete faith in God, and not by holy actions. This later became known as the Covenant of

Grace. This was the Covenant that Anne strongly believed in, especially after the death of her

two daughters, this was the only thing that consoled her, she was convinced that God's love was

more important than good works. But the more she and others believed in it, the more the Church

of England wanted to stop it. After John Cotton's arrest in 1622, he decided to leave England and

move to a place where he could preach what he truly believed.

In 1632 John Cotton decided to leave quickly because authorities were after him. In 1633

he sailed to America. Will and Anne Hutchinson, along with their 11 children, soon followed

suit, sailing to America with John Winthrop and other colonists on the Griffin, in the hopes of

practicing their faith in an environment more favorable to the new ideas of Puritanism. Anne had

high hopes for a life in the colonies, thinking it would be a haven for those who wished to

worship God as they saw fit.

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Anne Hutchinson would eventually come to realize that the hardships of colonial life and

the rigid union of Church and State were more stifling than liberating, and there wasn't really any

real "religious freedom" to

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