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A Perfect Babel of Confusion: Dutch Religion and English by Randall Balmer

By Randall Balmer

Reading the interplay of the Dutch and the English in colonial big apple and New Jersey, this examine charts the decline of eu tradition in North the United States. Balmer argues that the combo of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and inner socio-economic tensions ultimately drove the Dutch clear of their hereditary customs, language, and tradition. He indicates how this strategy, which performed itself out such a lot visibly and poignantly within the Dutch Reformed Church among 1664 and the yank Revolution, illustrates the trouble of holding non-English cultures and associations in an more and more English international. A ideal Babel of Confusion redresses many of the historiographical overlook of the center Colonies and, within the procedure, sheds new gentle on Dutch colonial culture.

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The Dutch Ministers of the Reformed churches within this Province have not escaped the lash of his inveterate tongue," one partisan observed. 59 Because of their limited number, formal education, the extended nature of their ecclesiastical jurisdictions and responsibilities, and their social connections with the privileged, Dutch colonial dominies had claimed a higher status than their communicants. This doubtless compounded the ire felt by the Leislerians when their clergy opposed the rebellion.

37 III A series of events in June 1690 further illustrates the growing acrimony between the Leislerians and their wealthier adversaries. At City Hall on June 6, as the Leisler government prepared to announce additional measures to fortify the city and defend the colony against the French, about fifty anti-Leislerians protested that they would pay no further taxes. They demanded the release of prisoners from the fort and vowed to free them by force. " On the way to the fort, armed with swords, carbines, and pistols, they encountered Leisler.

32 For the Leislerians, neither the magistrates nor the Dutch clergy showed sufficient fear of the French. 34 For the duration of their rule (June 1689 to March 1691), Leisler and Jacob Milborne, who married Leisler's daughter in 1691, enjoyed widespread popular support among the Dutch, who applauded their vigilance against the prospective retaliation of the papists. But the approbation was less than unanimous. "35 Leisler's rise to political power had displaced not only LieutenantGovernor Nicholson but also the three members of his council, all prominent Dutchmen and members of the Dutch Reformed Church: Frederick Philipse, Nicholas Bayard, and Stephanus Van Cortlandt, mayor of New York and Leisler's erstwhile adversary in the Van Rensselaer case.

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