By Randall Balmer
Studying the interplay of the Dutch and the English in colonial manhattan and New Jersey, this learn charts the decline of eu tradition in North the USA. Balmer argues that the mix of political intrigue, English cultural imperialism, and inner socio-economic tensions ultimately drove the Dutch clear of their hereditary customs, language, and tradition. He indicates how this procedure, which performed itself out such a lot visibly and poignantly within the Dutch Reformed Church among 1664 and the yankee Revolution, illustrates the trouble of keeping non-English cultures and associations in an more and more English global. an ideal Babel of bewilderment redresses a few of the historiographical overlook of the center Colonies and, within the strategy, sheds new gentle on Dutch colonial tradition.
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As early as 1690, Dominie Godfridus Dellius of Albany complained of the abuse the ministers and leaders of the Dutch church received during the rebellion. "61 Religion and politics became so intertwined that when Leisler finally surrendered to Henry Sloughter, the new governor, in 1691, consistory members of the New York Dutch church, armed with muskets, joined the procession retaking the fort. "62 When the anti-Leislerians regained the reins of government under Sloughter, they wasted little time consolidating their power and punishing their foes.
The magisterial placement of clergy, after all, was something common among the hierarchical Anglicans, perhaps, but surely not among Dutch Calvinists. Clearly this action represented a threat to the integrity of the Dutch Reformed Church. Van Rensselaer, never fully ordained by the Classis of Amsterdam but holding his licensure from the Anglican bishop of Salisbury, was foisted upon the Dutch without their consent. But challenging Van Rensselaer's legality also meant challenging the authority of the recently restored English government in the colony.
Van Rensselaer soon faced charges of heresy in the Albany court, but, as he had with Van Nieuwenhuysen, he promptly filed suit against Leisler and Milborne, accusing them of uttering "passionate words, blasphemies and slander" against him. "72 Andros required the defendants to post security. 76 Governor Andros again intervened, ordering Van Rensselaer's release so that the council could hear the case. The council and ministers in New York decided for Van Rensselaer and ruled that Leisler and Milborne must pay court costs for the entire proceeding, both in New York and in Albany.