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The Papers of Francis Bernard

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

BUY Cloth · 616 pp. · 7 × 10 · ISBN 9780979466298 · $49.50 · Jun 2012

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 colonies, these letters constitute firsthand observations on the birth of the American movement for independence. This is the second of four volumes of selected letters, to be followed upon completion by a calendar of documents covering Bernard's life and career.


Praise for the previous volume:" The Papers of Francis Bernard is a tremendously significant collection, and once completed, a British scholar will have published the single most important addition to the source materials not just for the coming of the American Revolution in Massachusetts, but for late-eighteenth-century Imperial historiography in general, to have appeared in at least a generation.

Stephen Conway, University College, London

About the Author(s): 

Colin Nicolson, Lecturer at the University of Stirling, Scotland, is the author of The "Infamas Govener": Francis Bernard and the Origins of the American Revolution.

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