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Russell, of the University of Nebraska, have each read portions of the earlier chapters of the volimie, making valuable suggestions, chiefly as to form. ^ He was evidently doubtful of its being enforced, but observed that experience of the just payment of debts " seems to have begot a more general spirit in the people for reject- ing the bills of the other governments (of which before they were very fond) than has ever yet been known in the prov- ince." He thought, therefore, that the law, though not so strict as it might have been, might have some effect' An act had been passed in 1739 excluding from Massa- chusetts bills of other governments emitted after May 31, 1738, and not redeemable in lawful money within ten years of their emission.
The last also very kindly placed in my hands references to Shirky material in the Public Record Office which had come to his notice there while investigating another subject The extent to whidi I am indebted to the first of the two volumes of Shirley correspondence edited by Mr. This was logically a blow at the Rhode Island bills, but was a dead letter until Shirley became governor.
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This study would not have been- possible along the lines which have been followed without the light thrown upon almost all questions of importance by unpublished documents l O PREPACB in the Pu Uic Record Oflfice. Ohio State Univebsity, February 2J, 192a CHAPTER I Lares and Penates Ample records which reverent historians of the Shirley family have patiently collected make it obvious that the governor was a gentleman connected by Uood with many noble families, among whose members were some even of royal descent^ These aristocratic connections, however, ^ The family emerges from the mists of tradition in the person of one Saswalo or Sewallis de Eatingdon, who rouses interest by possessing large estates in four different counties just after the conquest of England by William die Norman. * Shirley to the governors of New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island, July, 1743, Ar., vol. The result was that such bills ceased to pass in the public offices of the province and their circulation was somewhat checked in the country districts. 307-310), and by the act retiring the Massachusetts paper money in 1749, such bills were permanently excluded from cur- rency in the province.
Refrain fivm automated querying Do not send automated queries of any sort to Google's system: If you are conducting research on machine translation, optical character recognition or other areas where access to a large amount of text is helpful, please contact us. To their minds it meant the defense of New England, to his the defense of the empire as well, and no sophistry was needed to make his arguments equally telling for both. l86 WILLIAM SHIRLEY^A HISTORY urging not that Massachusetts provide for its defense, but that she be relieved of that burden/ Fort Dummer, he pointed out, was only three or four days, march at the farthest from Crown Point, the recently built but already very strong fortress of the French which in turn Was only a few leagues by easy water communications from Montreal in the heart of Canada and at the head of sea-going naviga- tion of the St.
We encourage the use of public domain materials for these purposes and may be able to help. However, the group of measures which he urged upon them applied directly to the defense of Massachusetts : the prompt defense of the fron- tiers that the settlers might be encouraged to stay in their settlements as a barrier for the rest of the province ; defense specifically against the Indians near the frontiers as well as the French, including Indians supposed to be in alliance with the English as well as those clearly hostile; further appropriations to complete the works of Castle William and of other fortifications well advanced but not completed ; the increase of garrisons to an adequate size; the provision of pay for officers and men sufficient to secure efficient defen- ders; the fortification of Governor's Island in Boston harbor to supplement and make effective the defenses of Castle William.^ On the sanxe day Shirley was urging measures for the security of a portion of the frontier through the home government. Castle William" and found "that it is necessary for the province to be at the expense of raising new batteries on an island over against the Castle to pre- vent the enemy's not only forming a camp there but also bombarding the garrison from thence where their own men would be at the same time under a cover from the great artillery of the Castle." Shirley to Newcastle, May 31, I744» C. Lawrence; hence the imperative need for maintaining Fart Dummer for the protection of the whole western frontier of New England was clear.
Nevertheless, this work is expensive, so in order to keep providing tliis resource, we liave taken steps to prevent abuse by commercial parties, including placing technical restrictions on automated querying. MEETING THE OUTBREAK OF WAR 185 A week later and still before the arrival in America of official notification of the existence of war, Shirley met the Massachusetts legislature.
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