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As we pass along, we shall see that they were a practical people, and possessed of energy equal to the emergencies incident to pioneer life ; and that they began the settlement as men who could forecast what a substantial and prosperous community would require.
The whole trend of their conduct is indica- 30 HISTORY OF SUDBUBY.
Having noticed thus much of the character of the Sudbury settlers collec- tively, we will give a few facts concerning them individu- ally.
To such an extent did this spirit prevail in Sudbury and its neighboring town, Concord, that the following law was passed by the Court in 1645 : — "In regard of the great danger that Concord, Sudbury and Dedham will be exposed unto, being inland Townes and but thinly peopled, it is ordered that no man now inhabiting and settled in any of the s'd Townes (whether married or single) shall remove to any other Town without the allowance of the magistrates or the selectmen of the towns, until they shall obtain leave to settle again." The settlers of Sudbury were young men, or in the prime of stirring manhood : they were not patriarchs near the close of their pilgrimage.
Even those with whom, because of their prominence, we most associate dignity and gravity were com- HISTORY OF SUDBURY. B} r the passenger-list of the " Confidence " it will be noticed that only Walter Haine had reached the age of 55, and John Rat- ter was only 22 : Robert Davis, 30 ; John Blandford, 27 ; John Reddet, 26 ; Peter Noyes, 47 ; John Bent, 35 ; John Goodenow, 42 ; Edmund Goodenow, 27 ; Thomas Goodenow, 30.
The state of the times and the strictness of English laws at that period, with regard to ships and emigrants coming to America, might be a reason why some might come in disguise.
If this was so in the case of one, it might have been so with regard to the rest.tive of self-reliance, though recognizing all proper authority.