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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 3, 15th edition. 1 1 Browse Search
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red. Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit. The appeal to the king, which had not been per- 1692 Jan. 7. mitted during their lives, was made by Leisler's son; and, though the committee of lords of trade reported that the forms of law had not been broken, the estates of the deceased were restored to their families. Dissatisfied with this imperfect redress, the friends of Leisler persevered till an act of parliament, stren- 1695 uously but vainly opposed by Dudley, reversed the Private Acts, 6 and 7 Wil. III. c. XXX. attainder. Thus fell Leisler and Milborne, victims to party Hutchinson, II. 84. spirit. The event struck deep into the public mind. Long afterwards, their friends, whom a royalist of that day described as the meaner sort of the inhabitants, and who were distinguished always by their zeal for popular power, for toleration, for opposition to the doctrine of legitimacy, formed a powerful, and ultimately a successful, party. The rashness and incompetency of