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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Pynchon (Pinchion), William 1590-1662

William Pynchon (October 11, 1590October 29, 1662) was a colonial assistant, treasurer and original patentee of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He led the 1635 settlement of Springfield, Hampden County, Massachusetts, which was named after his home village, now a suburb of Chelmsford in Essex, England.

Pynchon was a theologian; he expressed his views in The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption (1650). Officials of the colony ordered this book burned and demanded that he retract its argument, which was contrary to the colony's official Calvinism. Instead of retracting, he returned to England in 1652 where he remained for the rest of his life.

The Puritan in England and New England (1896) By Ezra Hoyt Byington (see lengthy entry beginning on page 185)
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The founders: portraits of persons born abroad who came to the colonies in ... By Charles Knowles (see page 451)

The Meritorious Price of Our Redemption Justification &c. Cleering It From Some Common Errors... (1650)
Photostatic reproduction made under the direction of Harry A. Wright, with added title page and 6 leaves of introductory material
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