Addenda: Miscellaneous, 1658

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Calendar of State Papers Colonial, America and West Indies: Volume 12 1685-1688 and Addenda 1653-1687. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1899.

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Miscellaneous, 1658

1658 ? 2,010. Queries and objections in the case of Massachusetts subjugating the Eastern parts. Protest against the extension of the Massachusetts Patent, in defiance of a previous unquestioned possession of 27 years till 1652; the inhabitants did not submit, only three or four delinquents who raised a mutiny. Just that their lands and privileges should be restored, the taxes being intolerable; advantageous in policy that the colonies should be divided. Suggests seven names for his Highness to choose. Asks whether the proceedings of the Massachusetts were not in violation of jus gentium. Relates the measures by which the people were gained over, the loss which the writer has suffered, and has had his patent judged void after all, the services of Godfrey for propagation of the Gospel and advancement of the country. The Honoured Estate of England loses reservations of rents, &c., by these proceedings. This paper is so confusedly written as to be hardly intelligible. 4 pp. [Col. Papers, Vol. LXIV., No. 49A.]