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The artisans and agriculturists arrived afterwards; and although they were a more
moral and orderly race of men, they were in nowise above the level of the inferior
classes in England. No lofty conceptions, no intellectual system directed the ...
mode of colonization, so remarkably favorable to liberty, was adopted only in
New England.* In 1628† a charter of this kind was granted by Charles I. to the
emigrants who went to form the colony of Massachusetts. But, in general, charters
When the kings of England asserted their supremacy, they were contented to
assume the central power of the State. The townships of New England remained
as they were before; and although they are now subject to the State, they were at
The existence of the townships of New England is in general a happy one. Their
government is suited to their tastes, and chosen by themselves. In the midst of the
profound peace and general comfort which reign in Ame. rica, the commotions ...
The thirteen colonies which simultaneously threw off the yoke of England towards
the end of the last century, possessed, as I have already observed, the same
religion, the same language, the same customs, and almost the same laws; they
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The social state of these tribes differed also in many respects from all that was seen in the Old World. They seemed to have multiplied freely in the midst of their deserts, without coming in contact with other races more civilized than their own.