New England Puritans established the Half-Way Covenant, an agreement extending partial church membership to church members’ children who had not yet experienced conversion. Solomon Stoddard, grandfather ofreligious leader Jonathan Edwards, was among the major proponents of the Covenant.
In Enfield, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards delivered his sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God,” warning of the “torments of Hell” and urging listeners to “save themselves from Hell’s pains” by accepting Christ.
The British Crown merged the English colonies of New England—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—into a single province called the Dominion of New England. The Dominion, headed by a single royal governor, was dissolved in 1689 in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution when English colonists overthrew the royal government and sent Crown representatives back to London.