Burnet, William, 1688-
Colonial governor; born at The Hague, Holland, in March, 1688, when William of Orange (afterwards William III.
of England) became his godfather at baptism; was a son of Bishop Burnet; became engaged in the South Sea speculations, which involved him pecuniarily, and, to retrieve his fortune, he received the appointment of governor of the colonies of New York and New Jersey.
He arrived in New York in September, 1720.
Becoming unpopular there, he was transferred to the governments of Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
He arrived at Boston in July, 1728, and was received with unusual pomp.
This show he urged in his speech as a proof of their ability to give a liberal support to his government, and acquainted them with the King's instructions to him to insist upon an established salary, and his intention to adhere to it. The Assembly at once took an attitude of opposition to the governor.
They voted him £ 1,700 to enable him to manage public affairs, and to