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Colonial Society of Massachusetts


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


The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson
January-October, 1770 Thomas Hutchinson. Edited by John W. Tyler and Margaret A. Hogan

The Boston Massacre occasioned a flurry of letter writing for Thomas Hutchinson, the royal governor of Massachusetts. So frequent was the correspondence to and from Hutchinson that this volume covers only the first ten months of 1770, beginning with the rising tide of violence in January and... More


The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson
1767-1769 Thomas Hutchinson. Edited by John W. Tyler and Elizabeth Dubrulle

The second volume of Thomas Hutchinson’s correspondence covers the years 1767 through 1769. In 1767, Charles Townshend's new taxes, in addition to his ambitious plans to improve customs enforcement and render crown officials in the colonies more independent of local assemblies, caused increasing... More


Boston Furniture, 1700-1900
Edited by Brock Jobe and Gerald W. R. Ward

New Perspectives on Boston Furniture gathers together nineteen essays first delivered at the Winterthur Museum’s 2013 Furniture Forum. It amply illustrates how research concerning one of America’s most productive centers of furniture-making has diversified in the forty years since the Colonial... More


The Correspondence of Thomas Hutchinson
1740-1766 Thomas Hutchinson. Edited by John W. Tyler and Elizabeth Dubrulle

Thomas Hutchinson was the leading spokesman in colonial America for opposition to the Revolutionary movement. His logical and cogent prose as well as the stature he gained through his long and varied public service to Massachusetts gave weight to his arguments and insured a wide audience for his... More


The Correspondence of John Cotton Jr.
edited by Sheila McIntyre and Len Travers

John Cotton Jr. (1639–1699) was the second son of one of the most famous clergymen of New England’s founding generation. At the age of twenty-two, already the pastor of the church in Wethersfield, Connecticut, he lost his ministry as a result of a sexual scandal. Disgraced and jobless, Cotton moved... More