The Colonial Struggle Against Arbitrary Rule in the Late 1600s, Revisited

Early New Englanders’ understanding of arbitrary rule and their efforts to maintain self-government in the late 1600s was the topic of the Bosworth Lecture Series on November 9, 2023, at St. Michael’s Church in Bristol, RI. In conjunction with the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, a lecture by Providence College History Professor Adrian Chastain Weimer referenced her new book, “A Constitutional Culture: New England and the Struggle Against Arbitrary Rule in the Restoration Empire.” Click here for her presentation about the book by the Partnership of Historic Bostons in October, here for a presentation on May 10, 2023, and here for a December 19, 2023 presentation for the Mass Historical Society.

Prof. Weimer, whose writings also include Martyrs’ Mirror: Persecution and Holiness in Early New England, recounted the new English king’s efforts to retain power in the colonies. In 1664 King Charles II sent royal commissioners on warships to America, she explained, conquering the Dutch and transforming New Netherland into New York.

The Roswell S. Bosworth Jr. Lecture Series is presented by the Men’s Club, a local organization that pays tribute to its founding member, former editor and publisher of the East Bay Newspapers, with lectures of interest to the public. An article about her talk appeared in the East Bay Newspapers.