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By James B. Bell

ISBN-10: 0230542972

ISBN-13: 9780230542976

ISBN-10: 0230583210

ISBN-13: 9780230583214

Examines the debatable institution of the 1st Anglican Church in Boston in 1686, and the way later, political leaders John Adams, Samuel Adams, and John Wilkes exploited the disputes as political dynamite including taxation, alternate, and the quartering of troops: subject matters which John Adams later recalled as motives of the yank Revolution.

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41 Until the first decade of the eighteenth century the congregation in Boston was the only active Anglican church in Massachusetts and New England. ) and the arrival in Boston of the society’s first representatives. It was an event that prompted both Increase and Cotton Mather to renew a defence of New England Congregational church practices and attack Anglican procedures. G. in the region. He confided to a colleague in 1716 that the presence of the church in New England was a conspiracy by English civil and ecclesiastical officials to undermine and erode the nearly century-old Puritan religious community.

In that town the Dissenters, who constituted 20 A War of Religion most of the population, had called a minister of their own and started to build a church. When the statute for settling the ministry was passed, they stopped building, and the church was completed and a parsonage built by the local vestry elected under the act. This body was composed of Dissenters, and in 1702 it called a dissenting minister to the parish. 11 A successive appointee, William Urquhart, was formally inducted by Governor Lord Cornbury in 1704.

As rector of the college, Mather attempted in 1692, 1696, 1697, 1699, and 1700 to sustain the conservative party’s interests and obtain a charter, but without success. The English government claimed that nothing should be done ‘unfavourable to Episcopacy’. Cotton Mather, no less forceful than his father against the presence of the Anglican church in Boston, maintained that New England had pledged itself to the Lord’s service. A covenant with the Lord embraced all people, yet only the elect would survive the final cataclysm.

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