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The Papers of Francis Bernard
Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769 Francis Bernard. Edited by Colin Nicolson

As governor of colonial Massachusetts between 1760 and 1769, Francis Bernard was charged with shoring up British imperialism during the first period of sustained American opposition to the authority of the King-in-Parliament. The documentary record of the middle years (1766 and 1767) of Bernard’s... More


The Papers of Francis Bernard
Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769 Francis Bernard. Edited by Colin Nicolson

The second volume of The Papers of Francis Bernard records the reaction of the royal governor of colonial Massachusetts to the tumultuous events surrounding the passage of the Stamp Act in 1765. Because the response to the new legislation in Boston set the pattern for the reaction of all the other... More


The Papers of Francis Bernard
Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760–1769 Francis Bernard. Edited by Colin Nicolson

Sir Francis Bernard (1712-1779), royal governor of colonial Massachusetts from 1760 to 1769, witnessed the rapid dissipation of happy sentiment stemming from Anglo-American victory in the French and Indian War and the first stirrings of colonial radicalism. The writs of assistance case, the Stamp... More


The Papers of Francis Bernard
Governor of Colonial Massachusetts, 1760-1769 Francis Bernard. Edited by Colin Nicolson

The sixth and final volume of the Bernard Papers presents the official and private correspondence of Massachusetts royal governor Sir Francis Bernard upon his return to England in 1769 until his death in 1779, documenting his attempts to influence British colonial policy. Bernard’s letters on... More