Samuel Shattuck now around 55 comes from one of the 'best' families
in Salem. He and his parents arrived from Old England in 1638.
His step-father, who marries Shattuck's mother when Shattuck was in
his twenties, settled in 'Naumkeeg' (Salem's original name) in 1627.
He is a well respected, prosperous, influential Old Planter who
predates even John Endecott's landing in 1628). Shattuck married, his
wife died. He now has his own house near the centre of the town, is a
well established felt-maker and hatter, a member of the 'middling
class' and has influential friends in many parts of the Bay Colony.
He is grave disposition, of good bearing, has a strong voice. He is
courteous, firm in his convictions but gentle in manner. For fifteen
years, until the first 'foreign' Quakers came to the town in 1657, he
has been a full member of the Puritan congregation. He is then
attracted to the Quaker religion and helps form a small Quaker group
in the town.
In 1658, now openly a Quaker, he is fined for absence
from the orthodox church First-Days and for aiding visiting Quakers
(particularly the famous incident in Salem church where Shattuck
intervenes as Quaker Holder is violently arrested). He stands firm in
his new beliefs and is then jailed in for persisting "in his course
and opinions as a Quaker."
After intense political and judicial discussions by the Colony's
General Court, he and Salem's other 'resident converts' are banished
in mid-year 1658 on pain of death on return. Shattuck spends time in
London during 1659 and 1660 with many prominent Quakers. Using
influential contacts in the Royal Court, Quaker Edward Burroughs seeks
the suspension of the Bay Colony's capital punishment .
authorities in turn make counter claims to the Royal Court about
Quaker behaviour and disruption of the Colony. In May 1661 Burroughs
and Shattuck have additional 'ammunition' when they learn of Quaker
Leddra's hanging in February - the FOURTH Quaker death in the Colony.
On the counsel of Burroughs friends, Shattock and another banished
Quaker convert petition the new King to stop this 'letting of blood in
the Bay Colony. It is granted - and Shattuck, the Quaker "banished on
pain of death on return", takes the Royal Mandamus to Boston. Arriving
on stage, at the end of the play, he shows dignified presence and is
unmoving in the face of criticism and bluster. He is well aware that
this is the beginning of the end of the Colony's over-bearing