Hans Müller, a member of the Swiss Brethren community in the Grüningen district of the canton of Zürich, Switzerland, was arrested in 1635 as an obstinate Anabaptist; he was held for 20 weeks "under much cross, strife, and temptation" and was then released for a month to consult with his brethren whether they would join the state church. He was then again seized and imprisoned, and released on the condition that if he could not join the church, he should at least be obedient to the government in other respects. In 1639 he is said to have been seized again, but to have escaped. His wife was therefore taken in his stead and the order proclaimed in the Reformed churches that no one should give him food or drink. He accepted the offer of safe-conduct and presented himself to the authorities, whereupon they imprisoned him for 60 weeks, 16 of them in chains. He escaped on Good Friday. His wife too, who had been hard pressed, escaped. Their property was confiscated. From it the government drew an annual rental of 1,000 guilders. The fugitives evidently settled at Gerolsheim and Wallertheim in the Palatinate, Germany. Some of their descendants moved to Krefeld and to Holland, and achieved wealth and distinction.
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