Jared Ingersoll: A Study of American Loyalism in Relation to British Colonial Government

Jared Ingersoll: A Study of American Loyalism in Relation to British Colonial Government

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Jared Ingersoll: A Study of American Loyalism in Relation to British Colonial Government

Jared Ingersoll: A Study of American Loyalism in Relation to British Colonial Government

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In the present study an attempt has been made to illuminate certain aspects of the very complex relationship existing between England and her American colonies during the later colonial period. For this purpose the life of Jared Ingersoll of New Haven, Connecticut, has been selected as the central theme. Probably no one was more intimately identified with the last disastrous phases of the British experiment with a reorganized system for administering American affairs than was Ingersoll, and it is also probable that no one in America possessed a more intelligently sympathetic comprehension of what the home government had in mind or strove more earnestly and ably to persuade his fellow countrymen to accept the ministerial program in good faith. Judge Ingersoll stands as representative of a group, the importance and numerical weight of which has not, at least until very recently, been fully appreciated. He was no more a radical in his support of the crown than was John Dickinson in his support of the colonists. While he opposed the propaganda of the liberty group whenever the occasion seemed to demand it, his opposition never was manifested in violent reaction. In other words, he was a loyalist but a moderate; while at times he displayed great courage in defending his position he was characteristically cautious; he typifies the innate conservatism of the man of property who prospers and consequently is satisfied in the midst of discontent.

In interpreting the life of Jared Ingersoll I have sought to present as fully as space will permit what may . . .

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