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“The Worst Instrument of Arbitrary Power”

Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer

in The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501726071
eISBN:
9781501726088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501726071.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

George Grenville’s program of “reform” was first and foremost a legal one—a thorough review of colonial law, the enforcement of old laws and the passage of new laws adapted from older models. It was ... More


As If an Enemy's Country: The British Occupation of Boston and the Origins of Revolution

Richard Archer

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199895779
eISBN:
9780190254551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199895779.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

In the dramatic period leading to the American Revolution, no event did more to foment patriotic sentiment among colonists than the armed occupation of Boston by British soldiers. This book presents ... More


Weakening the Bonds of Empire

William E. Nelson

in The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume IV: Law and the Constitution on the Eve of Independence, 1735-1776

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780190850487
eISBN:
9780190850517
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190850487.003.0007
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter analyzes a series of cases between 1735 and the 1760s in which members of the legal profession opposed royal officials and royal policies and in the process articulated a body of ... More


The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession

Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781501726071
eISBN:
9781501726088
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501726071.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This book explores a series of extended public pronouncements that British North American colonial lawyers crafted from 1761 through 1776. Most, though not all, were composed outside of the courtroom ... More


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