|Statement||by Kenneth Walter Cameron.|
|LC Classifications||BX5917.C8 C282 1987|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||320 leaves,  leaf of plates :|
|Number of Pages||320|
|LC Control Number||88125924|
The Anglican clergy in Connecticut supplied some of the best-known American loyalists. Why did this small minority play such an important role in the American Revolution? The answer to this question lies in the Puritan history of the colony, which fostered an influential Anglican revival in the mid-eighteenth century. They preached in school houses and private houses and visited from house to house. They catechized the children, distributed tracts, Prayer Books, Bibles, and other religious books received from the Society in England. They were very successful, for as early as there were in Connecticut thirty Episcopal churches and fourteen clergymen. Studying history, particularly studying history as a community, will allow that community to foster deep relationships, and help identify steps to move forward, together. That is exactly what the community at the newly formed Good Shepherd Episcopal Church is doing. Good Shepherd was recently merged at the th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. This story is the unfortunate flip side of “Top Ten Revolutionary War Patriot Homes in Connecticut”: the most significant Connecticut houses demolished in the s or included, of course, are the plethora of homes burned by the British in their raids on the Connecticut coast, including New Haven and Fairfield, in July ; Fairfield alone lost some .
The hierarchical nature of the Church, and the fact of its establishment, inevitably led to a clash with many revolutionary ideals. Without doubt, the largest part of Loyalists came from the pews of the Anglican Church. Particular controversy involved the Prayers for the King and the Royal family found in the Book of Common Prayer. Anglican priests, at their ordination, swore allegiance to the King. The Book of Common Prayer offered prayers for the monarch, beseeching God "to be his defender and keeper, giving him victory over all his enemies," who in were American soldiers as well as friends and neighbors of American Anglicans. In fact this emigration of loyalists is is largely responsible for Canada's current Anglophone identity. The American Revolution caused the largest wave of English-speaking immigrants to Canada, up to that point. Prior to the American Revolution French speakers were the majority in much of Canada, with the exceptions of Newfoundland and Nova. Revolutionary Connecticut. Experience America’s roads to independence by car or bicycle in nine specially designed tours at Revolutionary tour links Revolutionary sites in a fresh and original way through layered narratives around key figures, such as Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold.
Decisions of loyalism or patriotism were rarely easy during the American Revolution. The colonial Anglican clergy, all of whom had taken oaths to the King and his church, faced a particularly difficult dilemma. Revolutionary governments demanded that they repudiate their oaths, end prayers for the King, and alter the tionary Anglicanism examines the plight of . Samuel Seabury of Connecticut was consecrated Bishop in by the bishops of Scotland, and William White of Pennsylvania and Samuel Provoost of New York were consecrated bishops in England in The Episcopal Church, autonomous but part of the Anglican Communion, was formally organized in Philadelphia in as the successor to the Church. 50n June I7, , fourteen Anglican clergymen of Massachusetts and Rhode Island petitioned the Bishop of London for an American bishop. Fulham MSS (transcript in Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), I, i5o. See Richard Hooker, "The Anglican Church and the American Revolution" (unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Chicago, I). Anglican Climate in Connecticut: Historical Perspectives from Imprints of the Late Colonial and Early National Years. Hartford, Connecticut: Transcendental Books, Inventory of Large Additions to the Correspondence of Samuel Farmar Jarvis () Historian, Internationalist, Connecticut Churchman, Friend to Literature, and Collector of.