|CHAPTER I .|
Origin of the English and French claim to North America--First attempt at settlement by French Protestants--Destroyed by the Spaniards--Sir Humphrey Gilbert and Sir Walter Raleigh attempt a settlement--Grant to South and North Virginia Companies--French grant to De Monts--First settlement of Virginia. Plymouth, and the other English Colonies-Extent of their grants --North Virginia, first called New England in 1614-Grant of New England to the Plymouth Company--New York settled by the Dutch--French discoveries under de la Salle, 13
|CHAPTER II .|
Different forms of governments in the Colonies--Puritans settle Plymouth in 1620--Form a government for themselves--Intercourse of the Dutch with the people of Plymouth--Massachusetts second Colony in New England--Obtains a Charter from the King--government of the Colonies placed in the hands of Commissioners--Their powers and conduct--Surrender of the great Plymouth Charter to the Crown--Reasons for it--People first represented in the General Court in Massachusetts in 1634--government established in the Colonies of Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Haven--Confederacy of the New England Colonies--Proprietary governments of Maryland, the Carolinas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania--Disputes between the Proprietors and Settlers--People of South Carolina renounce the Proprietary Government--Proprietors of New Jersey surrender their government to the crown--Royal Governments-- Government of Virginia under the London Company and during the civil wars in England--Application of Virginia for a Charter--Government of New York under the Dutch and the Duke of York--People of New York first represented in the Assembly in 1683--Government of Leisler--Conduct of Governors Slaughter and Fletcher, 31
|CHAPTER III .|
Colonists consider themselves entitled to the rights of Englishmen--Claim the right of representation--Disputes with the crown of this subject--Opinions of eminent lawyers on this question--Declaration of rights by the assembly of New York in 1691--Declarations of the colonies at various times on the right of taxation--Various acts of Parliament restricting the trade and manufactures of the colonies--The origin and causes of these acts--Their effects in the colonies and opinions concerning them--Mode of enforcing them--board of trade and plantations established--Objects and powers of this board--Rice included among the enumerated commodities in a clandestine manner--Acts of parliament concerning hats and hatters--Manufacture of iron and steel prohibited-- Slitting mills, plating forges and furnaces, in the colonies declared common nuisances--Governors ordered to destroy them--Principles and opinions of English writers concerning the trade and manufactures of the colonies, 85.
|CHAPTER IV .|
Charters of Connecticut and Rhode Island obtained at a favorable moment--Measures taken to resume the Charters--Difference between the crown and the colonists on this subject--Declaration of Massachusetts concerning charter