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Winthrop, John (1714-1779) to Jonathan Belcher

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01541.01 Author/Creator: Winthrop, John (1714-1779) Place Written: Cambridge, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 January 1765 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Congratulates Judge Belcher on recovering "from a dangerous illness." Notes having read that many French Acadians have been removed from Nova Scotia, Canada, to the West Indies, and observes that because of their religion, they "could hardly ever have been good Subjects to a Protestant government." Indicates that the Sugar Act and the Currency Act, referred to as "The late Acts of Trade," are widely discusses and cause much uneasiness among merchants and judges alike. Notes the death of Edward Wigglesworth, the first Hollis professor of Divinity at Harvard College. Discusses Thomas "Hutchinson's History of the Massachusetts Bay," which he is sending to Belcher. His only criticism of the book is that its treatment of witchcraft is insufficient. Winthrop was a professor of philosophy and mathematics at Harvard.

People: Winthrop, John, 1714-1779.
Belcher, Jonathan, 1710-1776.
Wigglesworth, Edward, 1693-1765.
Hutchinson, Thomas, 1711-1780.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Health and Medical, Canada, France, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Caribbean, Catholicism, Government and Civics, Coins and Currency, Taxes or Taxation, Merchants and Trade, Commerce, Law, Death, Education Literature and Language Arts, Finance, Economics

Sub Era: Road to Revolution