Thomas Morton was born in Devon, England in 1579, into a conservative Anglican family of the Devon gentry. Devon at that time was considered the "dark corner of the land" by Protestant reformers, due to its traditionalist intransigence, which included not only a High Church Anglicanism, that shared many traits with Catholicism, but also a paternalistic populism combined with rural folk tradition that, for the Puritans, came close to paganism. To the local inhabitants, however, it was merely "Old England" — this culture was firmly ingrained in him.
|Although Drunkenness be justly termed a vice which the Salvages are ignorant of, yet the benefit is very great that comes to the planters by the sale of strong liquor to the Salvages, who are much taken with the delight of it; for they will pawn their wits, to purchase the acquaintance of it.||Business, Commerce & Finance|
|If our beggars of England should, with so much ease as they, furnish themselves with food at all seasons, there would not be so many starved in the streets, neither would so many gaoles [jails] be stuffed, or gallouses furnished with poore wretches, as I have seen them.||Poverty|
|The Salvages are accustomed to set fire of the Country in all places where they come, and to burne it twice a year, viz.: at the Spring, and the fall of the leaf. The reason that moves them to doe so, is because it would other wise be so overgrown with underweeds that it would be all a coppice wood, and the people would not be able in any wise to pass through the Country out of a beaten path…. this custom of firing the Country is the meanes to make it passable; and by that meanes the trees growe here and there as in our parks: and makes the Country very beautifull and commodious.||Environment & Environmentalism|
|They are circumspect to do their actions by advise and councell, and not rashly or inconsiderately||Democracies & Republics|