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church sought out for 1 some other, having often been disappointed in their hopes and desires heretofore. And it pleased the Lord to send them an able and a godly man,2 and of a meeke and
humble spirite, sound in the truth, and every way unreproveable in his life and conversation; whom, after some time of triall, they chose for their teacher, the fruits of whose labours they injoyed many years with much comforte, in peace, and good agreemente.
In 1685 a compilation of the laws of New Plymouth was printed, with the following title:
The Book of the General | Laws | Of the Inhabitants of the | Jurisdiction of | New-Plimouth, | Collected out of the Records of the | General Court, | And lately Revised: . . . Boston In New-England: | Printed by Samuel Green. 1685.
The first chapter is composed of "The General Fundamentals. Anno. 1636. and Revised 1671." At a General Court held October 4 and 5, 1636, it was agreed: "The ordnances of the colony and corporation being read, divers were fownd worthy the reforming, others the rejecting, and others fitt to be instituted and made. It was therefore ordered and agreed, that four for the
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2 Mr. John Reinor. -BRADFORD. John Reyner was born at Gildersome, in the parish of Batley, in the west riding of York, and took his degree of A.B. in 1625, at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He came to New England about 1635, settled at New Plymouth, where he remained until November, 1654. That winter he passed in Boston, and in 1655 accepted a call from the church in Dover, dying in office, April 20, 1669. He was twice married; first to Boys, who inherited property at Gildersome, and second (before 1642), to Frances Clarke, of Boston. John Reyner and Ralph Partridge were both admitted freemen of New Plymouth, March 6, 1637-38.