Motions and resolves in response to expectations that British troops would be quartered in Boston, and that the royal governor would receive no instructions for convening the General Court. Calling for a provincial convention, to be held at Boston, on September 22, to consider what measures should be adopted to obtain redress of these grievances.
Aldershot ; Burlington USA : Ashgate/Darmouth, c2001.
Book — vi, 167 p. ; 22 cm.
Imagining a polity-- a system at odds with itself-- crises of authority-- failure of authority-- authority and orthodoxy-- reinterpretations-- untethering the beast.
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In the tight frame of its first 25 years, Massachusetts Bay dramatically altered its constitutional order. Founded as a theocracy, in which all human authority derived from God and was subordinated to divine command, by the end of the 1640s the colony had become an oligarchy, led by a few men who created their own authority and established the limits on their own almost unlimited power. This volume examines that shift. At its most basic, it chronicles that evolution from its beginning in 1629, when a charter created the Massachusetts Bay Company, to the moment in 1648, when the colony adopted the collection of laws that set the new order in its place. This is not, however, simply a study of institutional change; it is a study of the process by which that change came about. Ultimately, the author's argument is that the colony began with a variety of conflicting attitudes towards human authority, which led to a series of debates about authority over the course of the next two decades. Those debates gradually led to the changes that converted the theocracy to an oligarchy. The terms in which the debates were conducted altered over time and the nature of those changes helped determine what solution the colony relied on in its attempt to resolve the problem of authority. To track that shift, this study traces the evolution of the constitutional order through a series of cases and disputes over law, exploring the language of those debates. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Manuscript of the proceedings in Council of the Province of Massachusetts Bay from April 1774 to April 1776, extracted from Great Britain's State Paper Office in London as indicated in a preliminary note dated September 2, 1852. Of note, the author of this letter, Robert Lemon, indicated that the regular transmission of Council minutes to England ceased after May 14, 1774.
Excerpted from the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Second series, vol. XIII, and those of the American Antiquarian Society, vol. XIII, part 2, New series at the annual meeting held on October 21, 1899. Taken together these documents cover the periods May ye 25, 1686-16 December 1686; December 20, 1686-to 29th day of Decr. 1687; and 4th Jan. 1687 -March 27, 1689.