1660-61, CHARLES II PROCLAIMED. The Restoration imperiled the position of the New England colonies. The Puritans were sympathetic with the cause of the Commonwealth, and New Haven harbored the regicide judges Whalley and Goffe (1661). First to proclaim Charles II was Rhode Island (18 Oct. 1660), followed by Connecticut (14 Mar. 1661), New Haven (5 June), and Massachusetts (7 Aug.). (The Encyclopedia of American History Edited by Richard B. Morris, professor of history, Columbia University, Harper and Brothers, New York, 1953, p. 37)