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From Reformation to ImprovementPublic Welfare in Early Modern England$
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Paul Slack

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206613

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206613.001.0001

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The Parliament's Reformation

The Parliament's Reformation

(p.102) 5 The Parliament's Reformation
From Reformation to Improvement

Paul Slack

Oxford University Press

The Parliament's Reformation is the title of a tract which Samuel Hartlib addressed to the Long Parliament in 1646. This chapter describes the quarter-century or so after 1688, when Parliament had to respond again to heightened political and religious expectations against a background of war and economic depression, when there were further projects for the reform of public welfare to be put to a new Board of Trade, the descendant of the Councils of Worsley and Shaftesbury, and when powerful movements for a reformation of manners and a revival of piety seemed poised once more to yoke religious and secular improvement together in a single channel of endeavour. For a time, particularly in the 1690s, the prospects for a national reformation again seemed to its advocates real.

Keywords:   Parliament, reformation, Hartlib, Board of Trade, economic depression

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