“Complaints Against New England” (1632-1638)

“Complaints Against New England” (1632-1638)

  • Petitions & complaints grew due to desire for a more orderly government, especially since it used to be more orderly & now it isn’t
  • People of Massachusetts, being obedient to the kind, still wish to be so even if they’ve left the country. We’re upset that the Lords have recalled our patent. Since this was the case, we’re not responsible for problems in our government because our ability to participate in it has been revoked along with our liberties
    • We came here with royal permission & encouragement, brought our families & estates, in order to expand his Majesty’s territory & to make a better life for ourselves. Now the patent has been revoked & we’re seen as renegades or outlaws if this continues:
      1. Thousands will be ruined, or least at risk
      2. The territory we’ve worked so hard to settle will turn French or Dutch the moment we leave
      3. We will have lost all time, energy & money we’ve sunk into this place. Any future royal grants will be suspect because a precedent has been set
      4. If the patent is removed, we will be cast off & are now freed from allegiance & subjection to England & ready to form a new government. We don’t want this but it is of your doing

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