A SOCIAL LEADER
INSIDE of two years Anne Hutchinson found herself at the center of everything that was happening in Boston. On the authority of John Winthrop, who can never be accused of flattering her, she was the most popular woman in the colony, more resorted to 'for counsell and advice than any of the ministers.'
The reasons for her popularity came both from within and from without. Among those of the latter sort was the fact that she was introduced into the society of the village capital by the right person. A newcomer sponsored by John Cotton and enjoying not only his parochial courtesies but his personal friendship was sure to receive plenty of attention from those who considered themselves the best people in the town.
It must be noted, however, that there was always an important minority that did not come under Anne's spell. John Winthrop, father of the colony, even from the first, was not enthusiastic about her. Certainly he does not mention her in his history until he has something unfavorable to report. Perhaps he was too busy, too engrossed in many cares, to get enthusiastic about any one, least of all about a woman. The Reverend John Wilson, pastor of the Boston church, also remained outside the circle of her influence. Perhaps he listened to Zachariah Symmes, perhaps
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Publication information: Book title: Unafraid:A Life of Anne Hutchinson. Contributors: Winnifred King Rugg - Author. Publisher: Houghton Mifflin. Place of publication: Boston. Publication year: 1930. Page number: 76.