Ontbijt Menu: digesting Manny’s “Reader’s” note-taking

With Manny’s notes staring at her from the nightstand, Selma woke up. Her dreamy, fitful sleep had been interrupted by the realization that she had only one more day to spend in the library.

Her curiosity and goal of adding to the body of knowledge reminded her that she could never get too much information. The notes needed to be read.

Manny’s note-taking compiled:

The Separatists/Puritans came to Holland in 1608, settled in Amsterdam and ran into more problems than they were able to manage. In 1609 the leader and his followers asked the city of Leiden for permission to resettle there.

Leiden in1609 was one of Europe’s important centers of learning. Some of the most important scholars of the day were on the faculty of the University. It attracted students from all over Western Europe and England.

After the group resettled at Leiden the congregation grew to several hundred. In 1611, the group signed a contract to buy property within walking distance of the University.

Although the other non-Dutch Reformed Church churches in Leiden were owned and funded by the state, the Puritans never requested or received any support from the Dutch State. The property served as a church and a home for the pastor. Over the next several years, they built some apartments for the poorer members of the congregation.

(score one for the separation of church and state)

Their leader entered the school in 1609. As a student of religion he was removed from the control of the city and state officials and was given other privileges as one of the university’s intellectuals. Also, no troops could be quartered in his home except during military emergencies and he didn’t have to stand night watch or contribute to public works and fortifications.

(score two more for the Bill of Rights)

For most of the Puritans, the years spent in Holland were a time of poverty and hardship. The culture and language were hard for them and as time passed they realized their children were becoming more Dutch than English. A war between the Dutch and Spain was on the horizon and if Spain won they would probably lose their religious freedom. So they decided to move again, this time to America. A couple of the group who had been in business was sent to negotiate with the English authorities. They carried their articles of belief as evidence of their loyalty to the Crown and orthodoxy of the Church of England.

After getting back to England on a boat with a leak, only a few of the Leiden congregation sailed to America. Thirty five got on the boat and others chose to return to Leiden or stay in England.

When Selma finished reading the notes she hurriedly dressed and joined the others at breakfast. There was very little small talk at the table because both of them had begun to experience a bit of separation anxiety.


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