The disturber is Anglican Thomas Morton, out from England under the authority of Sir Fernando Gorges, of the Council of New...

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THE DISTURBER

The disturber is Anglican Thomas Morton, out from England under the authority of Sir Fernando Gorges, of the Council of New England, founder of Merry Mount as his town is known and thorn in the sides of Governor Bradford of Plymouth and Endecott of Salom. His story is told by David Ratcliff, an indentured apprentice who breaks contract with Wollaston to go to Virginia and stays with Morton instead, until the Puritans have Morton deported for selling guns to the Indians (and dancing about the Maypole as well). Davy stays on in Plymouth in a deacon's house, then goes to England to learn doctoring and meets Morton again. Davy has written a book, which Morton proceeds to have published under his own name, and thus the New English Canaan is attributed to him (this is fictional license). Back in New England and going blind, David cannot practice medicine, but marries his youthful sweetheart Lettice, who has suffered the loss of a leg, and turns to farming in Maine. There, Morton appears to finish his days, his boisterous spirit still unsubdued. An interesting historical aside with many flaws as a narrative.

Pub Date: May 18, 1964

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1964