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By James B. Bell

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, exchange, and the quartering of troops: issues which John Adams later recalled as motives of the yankee Revolution.

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The Gloria Patri is to bee repeated Ten Times in the same Morning or Evening Service’. 26 Increase Mather’s Brief Discourse was not a narrow, sectarian, peevish, unprovoked attack on Common Prayer worship. The work is a temperate defence of the Puritan position against the encroachments of the agents of the crown, those advocates of episcopacy, and the unprincipled, The Seeds of Discord 11 growing absolutism of the monarchy. The extraordinary turn of events in Boston prompted Mather to remember that the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and ‘those Eminent and Faithful Ministers of Christ who were driven into an American desert, the principal cause of whose Exile, and Sufferings, was because they durst not touch with the Common Prayer Book.

26 Increase Mather’s Brief Discourse was not a narrow, sectarian, peevish, unprovoked attack on Common Prayer worship. The work is a temperate defence of the Puritan position against the encroachments of the agents of the crown, those advocates of episcopacy, and the unprincipled, The Seeds of Discord 11 growing absolutism of the monarchy. The extraordinary turn of events in Boston prompted Mather to remember that the founders of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and ‘those Eminent and Faithful Ministers of Christ who were driven into an American desert, the principal cause of whose Exile, and Sufferings, was because they durst not touch with the Common Prayer Book.

44 Each of the new settlements was provided by provincial legislation with parish and county organisation. For the first time in the colony’s history the majority of the new residents were not of English descent or Anglican in religion. Yet under the law all Protestant Dissenters were parishioners in eighteenth-century Virginia and were required to pay the annual parish levies on the same tithable basis as all other parishioners. To maintain their own ministers and erect meetinghouses, Dissenters relied on voluntary contributions.

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