The Public Life of Joseph Dudley: A Study of the Colonial Policy of the Stuarts in New England, 1660-1715

The Public Life of Joseph Dudley: A Study of the Colonial Policy of the Stuarts in New England, 1660-1715

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The Public Life of Joseph Dudley: A Study of the Colonial Policy of the Stuarts in New England, 1660-1715

The Public Life of Joseph Dudley: A Study of the Colonial Policy of the Stuarts in New England, 1660-1715

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The officials sent to New England by the Stuarts were harshly dealt with by the early historians of Massachusetts. Some attempts have been made to rehabilitate Andros and Randolph, but little has been done for Joseph Dudley, whose career was longer than that of any other official in early Massachusetts. It is not, however, the purpose of this monograph to meet the criticisms of Dudley's character; his personality, indeed, though interesting, was singularly unlovely. I have rather attempted to examine the Stuart colonial policy and to set forth the practical political problems connected with its application in New England, and to show the parts played by the various agencies connected with its development. I have viewed Dudley as an English official charged with the execution of the English policy, and although taking into consideration his personality, I have investigated more particularly the problems and difficulties which faced all royal officials in New England at that period. Joseph Dudley was chosen partly because he has been so savagely attacked, but largely because in a study of his career I was able to touch all the New England colonies and New York as well, and to cover the period from the first imposition of the Stuart policy upon New England until the accession of George I.

I wish to acknowledge the kind assistance that has been extended to me by the authorities and officials of the Library of Harvard University, the Smith College Library, the . . .

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