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This Day in Boston History
June 1st, 1660
Hutchinson was banished for her spiritual beliefs in 1638, one person
came to her side in support, Mary Dyer. Like many Pilgrims in Boston
the Dyer family had become interested in Hutchinson's spiritual thinking,
and joined her in exile.
Mary Dyer returned to Boston when she learned two of her friends had
been jailed and would stand trail as Quakers. Dyer was jailed for sympathizing
with them, and the three were banished. Weeks later they returned to
Boston to look what they called an unjust law in the face, and were
sentenced to death.
The three were paraded across the Boston Common to the gallows by two
hundred guards. Dyer heard her friends profess their faith as they were
hung. Next she stood with a noose tightened around her neck, facing
the crowd, as her husband begged for her life.
John Endicott stayed her execution and exiled her again with a final
warning to be gone. Seven months later she returned to face the law;
the middle-aged mother of six was finally executed on this day in 1660.