Of Plymouth Plantation

Roger Williams Character Analysis

Roger Williams was one of the most influential figures in early New England history. A charismatic Massachusetts preacher, he began to break with Protestant beliefs by claiming that Christians who’ve been “saved” need not live their lives according to any moral code. Williams later leaves his community and lives among Native Americans. William Bradford claims to respect Williams greatly, though he prays that Williams will reconsider his beliefs.

Roger Williams Quotes in Of Plymouth Plantation

The Of Plymouth Plantation quotes below are all either spoken by Roger Williams or refer to Roger Williams. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Book 2, Chapter 14 Quotes

I shall leave the matter, and desire the Lord to show him his errors and return him to the way of truth, and give him a settled judgment and constancy therein; for I hope he belongs to the Lord and that He will show him mercy.

Related Characters: William Bradford (speaker), Roger Williams
Page Number: 164
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Roger Williams Character Timeline in Of Plymouth Plantation

The timeline below shows where the character Roger Williams appears in Of Plymouth Plantation. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 14
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Around the same time, Roger Williams —“a godly and zealous man” with “very unstable judgment”—rises to become a minister in Massachusetts.... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 19
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...he and his friends are arrested by the Narragansett and brought to “Mr. Williams” (i.e., Roger Williams ). Williams manages to pacify the Narragansett for a time, but eventually they bring the... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 25
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...or else risk war. The Narragansett refuse to send representatives, and around the same time, Roger Williams sends a letter to Plymouth, explaining that the Narragansett are contemplating war. The United Council... (full context)