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 factors of the yank Revolution.
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He sailed for England on 11 July and en route his vessel and its passengers were taken prisoners by French privateers. Miller threw his papers on civil and ecclesiastical affairs in New York overboard so as not to give the French any intelligence of the colony. For a short period of time he was imprisoned in France before being released and travelling to London sometime in 1696. 7 Miller’s manuscript reviewed the state and history of New York and provided plans and ideas of his own for the governance of the colony.
The Quakers forcefully broadcast their dispute in Annapolis and London, and effectively accomplished a disallowance of the 1692 Church Act and an additional act by Order in the King’s Council on 17 18 A War of Religion 4 January 1695/96. The Assembly renewed its effort to establish the Church in 1696 with a similar statute, legislation that brought again strong opposition from the Quakers. 3 King William III signed the bill, inquiring: ‘Have the Quakers the benefit of Toleration? Let the Established Church have an Established Maintenance’.
The new English church in Boston was a threat to the New England way of Richard, Increase, and Cotton Mather. Like the original non-separating Congregationalists, Cotton Mather had always maintained that the New England churches were a part of the Church of England. He was opposed to the movement led by Solomon Stoddard to form an alliance with the Presbyterians in England. Mather believed that there had been two groups struggling for control of the Church of England since the Reformation. One faction had never accepted the The Seeds of Discord 15 reforms of the sixteenth century and despised the Puritans who carried them further in the seventeenth.
A War of Religion: Dissenters, Anglicans and the American Revolution by James B. Bell