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DYAR, or DYER, Mary A., Quaker, died in Boston, 1 June 1660. She was the wife of William Dyar, who removed to Rhode Island in 1638. In September 1659, of four persons ordered to depart from the jurisdiction of the colony of Massachusetts on pain of death, Mrs. Dyar, who was a follower of Anne Hutchinson and had shared her exile, obeyed. In October she returned on purpose to offer up her life. She and others were arrested, sent to prison, and were arraigned under a law banishing Quakers from the colony on pain of death. When the sentence was pronounced she exclaimed: "The will of the Lord be done," and returned to the prison "full of joy."
Three were led forth to execution. Mary Dyar was reprieved; yet not till the rope had been fastened round her neck and she had prepared herself for death° Transported with enthusiasm, she exclaimed: "Let me suffer as my brethren unless you annul your wicked law." Her reprieve had been granted at the request of her son, and on condition that she should depart in forty-eight hours and should not return. Against her will she was again conveyed out of the colony, but returned, and was hanged on Boston common on the charge of " rebellious sedition and obtruding herself after banishment upon pain of death."
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