By James B. Bell
Examines the arguable 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, alternate, and the quartering of troops: issues which John Adams later recalled as reasons of the yankee Revolution.
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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’. After nearly a decade of debate and legal manoeuvring, the Church of England was established in Maryland. The new act gave toleration to the Quakers and Dissenters and provided a stipend for every minister of the English church in Maryland.
39 Among the ‘Yale Apostates’ were Daniel Browne, the college’s tutor; Samuel Johnson, a former tutor now a minister in West Haven; James Wetmore minister in North Haven; and three somewhat less ardent ministers in nearby towns. During a period of several years these men had been reading and discussing many works of Anglican divinity and recent philosophy that had been given to the Yale library by various English donors. They were attracted by these broader, more urbane attitudes, and became less committed to the stricter doctrines of New England theology.
40 After returning to America in 1723, Cutler began his long ministry at Christ Church (the Old North Church) in Boston and Johnson went to Stratford, Connecticut, where he completed the first Anglican church building in the colony. The experience of the church in Virginia varied from the other colonies. 41 Professor John K. 42 During the early years of the eighteenth century, Virginia officials, seeking settlers, sponsored the importation of French and German Protestants and as an inducement offered temporary relief from parish levies.
A War of Religion: Dissenters, Anglicans and the American Revolution by James B. Bell