Revisioning the British Empire in the Eighteenth Century: Essays from Twenty-five Years of the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies

This volume offers eleven essays on colonial British North America and the American Revolution. Part I of the collection includes essays on aspects of the Revolution that reflect Gipson's interests, while the essays in Part II deal with social history.

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Lawrence Henry Gipson Historian
Revising Gipsons Project
The Seven Years War in Pennsylvania
The Collapse of the British Empire as Seen by Franklin Paine and Burke
Thomas Jefferson and the Enlightenment Reflections on Literary Influence
John Jay and Creative Constituionalism
Repopulating Gipsons Empire
Labor Exaction and Cultural Retention in the Antillean Region
Money Sex and Murder in EighteenthCentury England
The Evolution of Religious Life in Early Virginia
We Shant Be Great Gainers by This Contest Reflections on American Women in the Revolutionary Era
Revisioning Gipsons Revolution
Puritanism in a Revolutionary World
Echoes and Reverberations Reflections on the Language of Politics and Patterns of Political Literature in Revolutionary and Republican America

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Seite 130 - An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among several bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits, without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.
Seite 83 - No one can more sincerely rejoice than I do, on the reduction of Canada ; and this is not merely as I am a colonist, but as I am a Briton. I have long been of opinion, that the foundations of the future grandeur and stability of the British empire lie in America ; and though, like other foundations, they are low and little now, they are, nevertheless, broad and strong enough to support the greatest political structure that human wisdom ever yet erected.
Seite 279 - I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.
Seite 95 - Let the colonies always keep the idea of their civil rights associated with your government; — they will cling and grapple to you ; and no force under heaven will be of power to tear them from their allegiance. But let it be once understood, that your government may be one thing and their privileges another ; that these two things may exist without any mutual relation ; — the cement is gone, the cohesion is loosened, and everything hastens to decay and dissolution.
Seite 205 - I believe in one God, and no more ; and I hope for happiness beyond this life. I believe in the equality of man ; and I believe .that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
Seite 95 - My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron. Let the colonies always keep the idea of their civil rights associated with your government; they will cling and grapple to you, and no force under heaven will be of power to tear them from their allegiance.
Seite 94 - Perhaps, Sir, I am mistaken in my idea of an empire, as distinguished from a single state or kingdom. But my idea of it is this : that an empire is the aggregate of many states under one common head, whether this head be a monarch or a presiding republic.
Seite 82 - Her fondness for conquest, as a warlike nation ; her lust of dominion, as an ambitious one ; and her thirst for a gainful monopoly, as a commercial one (none of them legitimate...
Seite 281 - Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever state or persuasion, religious or political; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none...

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