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Cities DividedPolitics and Religion in English Provincial Towns 1660-1722$
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John Miller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199288397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199288397.001.0001

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After the Revolution, 1689–1699

After the Revolution, 1689–1699

(p.243) 11 After the Revolution, 1689–1699
Cities Divided

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In the Convention of 1689-90 the Whigs condemned the new charters of the 1680s and sought to debar those who had actively procured them (mostly Tories, in 1682-5) from municipal office. They failed and William III resolved disputes about charters on their merits, without seeking to interfere systematically in the towns' affairs. In the 1690s party divisions were fierce at times, especially in Bristol, but not all-pervasive: in many towns Whigs and Tories worked together to restore ordered government after the disruption of James II's reign. Meanwhile, religious persecution (of Protestants) more or less ceased, after the Toleration Act.

Keywords:   charters, Whigs, William III, Bristol, Toleration Act

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