John Winthrop (12 January 1587/1588–26 March 1649) was a Puritan lawyer who led the first large wave of immigrants from England into the New World on the ship Arbella. He was a major contributor to the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629, envisioning it as a "city upon a hill". He was the third governor of the colony. Winthrop was extremely religious, and a fervent subscriber to the Puritan belief that the Anglican Church had to be cleansed of Catholic ritual. He played a role in the banishment of Anne Hutchinson from the Massachusetts Bay Colony as the primary prosecutor and judge.
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- For we must consider that we shall be a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us, so that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a byword through the world.
- We must delight in each other, make other's conditions our own, rejoice together, mourn together, labor and suffer together, always having before our eyes our commission and community in the work, our community as members of the same body.