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The United Empire Loyalists

A Chronicle of the Great Migration

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Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,687 / 91 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.4
LoC Category: F
Downloads: 891
Added to site: 2007.12.19
mnybks.net#: 19426
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: History
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al Commissioners after the war almost two-thirds were persons who had been born in England, Scotland, or Ireland. In some of the colonies the struggle between Whig and Tory followed older party lines: this was especially true in New York, where the Livingston or Presbyterian party became Whig and the De Lancey or Episcopalian party Tory. Curiously enough the cleavage in many places followed religious lines. The members of the Church of England were in the main Loyalists; the Presbyterians were in the main revolutionists. The revolutionist cause was often strongest in those colonies, such as Connecticut, where the Church of England was weakest. But the division was far from being a strict one. There were even members of the Church of England in the Boston Tea Party; and there were Presbyterians among the exiles who went to Canada and Nova Scotia. The Revolution was not in any sense a religious war; but religious differences contributed to embitter the conflict, and doubtless made Whigs or Tories of people who

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