History of New England Volume 5, PT. 2

History of New England Volume 5, PT. 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1882 edition. Excerpt: ...According as men were Mmu. setta. resolute or timorous, --according as they were aspiring for themselves or public-spirited, --to some extent, according as they were rich, or in those moderate or humble circumstances which are less liable to be disturbed by public commotion, --they looked upon the measures of the home government with different eyes. The commercial activity had brought a large influx of wealth, and the instincts of wealth incline to the side of arbitrary power. In fifty years some fortunate families--never, or else no longer, imbued with the ancient spirit of the place--had established a conventional consideration; and a sort of local aristocracy had grown up, having social affinities with the friends of prerogative in England. The tone of sentiment in such circles was more or less timid, timeserving, and sordid; and, notwithstanding the more liberal popular tendencies, Themodcr it was largely represented in the Board of As-ate persistants; for the traditional respect of the freemen for advantages of social position was great, and even under strong excitements they could not easily be brought to displace the men who, with personal dignity and the associations of consequence which grow with length of possession, had occupied the high seats of power. This moderate party, as it was called, received important support from a class of men who commonly had no direct share in the government. In Boston, and to some extent in the smaller commercial towns, there were now native Englishmen, who had been invited over by the prospect of successful business. Generally they did not become members of churches, or freemen of the corporation. They were but sojourners. They had brought their goods and their talents to a profitable market. Inshow more

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  • Paperback | 270 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 14mm | 485g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236766784
  • 9781236766786