The Glorious Revolution in New England, 18 April 1689

The Glorious Revolution in New England, 18 April 1689

  1. Since the discovery of the Popish Plot & its aim to destroy Protestantism, they’ve been able to subdue heresy, most successful since the death of Queen Mary. No place is as fertile of a ground to spread Protestantism than New England. It would not be possible to turn the place Catholic
  2. It was a terrible thing to get the colony charter vacated as it was damaging to life, law & trade. Without it, they had no assembly & no representation in Westminster
  3. The commission replacing their assembly made the colonies more reliant & dependent on the crown for everything. It ruined business & trade
  4. After that, we had an even worse turn of events with Sir Edmond Andross ruling over us, making laws, taxing us into oblivion, with the authority to anything he pleased. Several companies of soldiers arrived to enforce this
  5. The government put men in public offices, totally unqualified. They made claims their actions were in the King’s interest but that was an excuse to raise extortionary taxes
  6. The people of New England began to wonder privately & publicly if they were just slaves. Their rights as Englishmen seemed to disappear under the new regime. Justice was a joke & honest men were punished
  7. The government began to change how swearing truth was done & punished those who refused the new method
  8. There had been years & years of precedence of how land titles were issued. These were sacred with respect to the law. Yet in 1684, a proclamation was made saying all land was royal property. The government then issued patents on the land & then charged exorbitant fees on them
  9. Those council members not involved in all these abuses were ignored. Trumped up charges were brought against them. We were promised laws based on the Magna Carta but were not given them
  10. An army of 1000 men was assembled under the pretext of fighting an Indian war when Indians were not a problem. They had to fight under Catholics & not a single Indian was killed. The army was a vector for disease
  11. We didn’t fight back or lash out. We had mostly been on guard about attacks from the French. But it seems like our own government is a greater threat to us
  12. We would like these grievances to be known to Parliament when making laws & allowing governors, commissioners, admirals, etc. to come to our land

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