From Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pilgrim_Fathers :
‘Separatists held that their differences with the Church of England were irreconcilable and that their worship should be organized independently of the trappings, traditions and organization of a central church. William Brewster, a former diplomatic assistant to the Netherlands, was living in the Scrooby manor house, serving as postmaster for the village and bailiff to the Archbishop of York. He had begun participating in Separatist services led by John Smyth in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire (The Editor’s home county).
The Separatists had long been controversial. Under the 1559 Act of Uniformity, it was illegal not to attend official Church of England services. Under the policy of this time, Barrowe and Greenwood were executed for sedition in 1593.
During much of Brewster’s tenure (1595–1606), the Archbishop was Matthew Hutton. He displayed some sympathy to the Puritan cause, writing to Robert Cecil, Secretary of State to James I in 1604:
“The Puritans though they differ in Ceremonies and accidentes, yet they agree with us in substance of religion, and I thinke all or the moste parte of them love his Majestie, and the presente state, and I hope will yield to conformitie. But the Papistes are opposite and contrarie in very many substantiall pointes of religion, and cannot but wishe the Popes authoritie and popish religion to be established.“‘
I am reminded of the difficulties of Christians in the current day, 2016. Those atheists, Mohammedan sympathisers and sex addicts who seek to silence true Christianity today on pain of imprisonment would do well to remember that Christians are historically and still the finest and most faithful of all citizens and employees, the moste parte of them love his Majestie, on their steadfastness, industry, and honesty, was the nation built, and without them is civilisation impoverished and doomed.