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The Common Law in Colonial AmericaVolume III: The Chesapeake and New England, 1660–1750$
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William E. Nelson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190465056

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190465056.001.0001

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The New England Satellites

The New England Satellites

Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island, 1660–1750

(p.113) 9 The New England Satellites
The Common Law in Colonial America

William E. Nelson

Oxford University Press

As had been true before 1660, patterns of legal development in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island continued to mimic those of Massachusetts, although there were differences in detail both among them and between them and Massachusetts. Even in Rhode Island, however, which had been established by settlers who rejected the Massachusetts way, the general patterns of legal development resembled those of the Bay Colony more than those of the Middle Colonies or of colonies farther to the south. New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, like Massachusetts, remained part of the Puritan cultural network, and courts in the three colonies followed the lead of Massachusetts in adapting common law to religious practices in the colonies.

Keywords:   Established church, juries, legal profession, morals offenses, pleading, primogeniture, Puritanism, Winthrop v. Lechmere

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