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Town and city government in Providence (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 8 feb 2012


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1889 Excerpt: ... Town and City Government in Providence. Early Settlement. The local government of New England has always been vigorous. In some sections, for many years, the civil power exercised both political and religious authority. The colonies along Massachusetts Bay partook largely of the nature of religious communities. It was the object "first to settle religion here, before profits or popularity."1 Discussions in regard to the nature and limit of civil powers characterized the seventeenth century. Even before the first of the New England colonists disembarked there was found among them "some appearance of faction which led to the agreement to submit to the government that should be established."2 This early "appearance of faction" soon became a reality. Attempts to extend religious authority led to opposition, yet, for the most part, the religious element prevailed. In Massachusetts Bay colony the government was little less than theocratic. Here differences of opinion as to the functions of the civil magistrate in matters pertaining to religion became frequent. The expression of these ideas was deemed "dangerous" by the government and could not be tolerated. Among those who dared to express an opinion in regard to the authority of magistrates as exercised at the "Bay" was 1 Young's Chronicles, p. 26. 2 Mourt's Relation, p. 2. Note.--Chapters I. and II. were read before the Rhode Island Historical Society, April 23, 1889. The writer desires to acknowledge his indebtedness to those who have kindly placed at his disposal documents and other material bearing upon the history of the town and city, especially to Henry V. A. Joslin, City Clerk of Providence. Roger Williams. His action in this and other "matters of conscience" led to his departure from the jurisdiction of...

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