Errands into the Metropolis: New England Dissidents in Revolutionary London

Errands into the Metropolis: New England Dissidents in Revolutionary London

by Jonathan Beecher Field, Chris Onstad

An exploration of the transatlantic character of early-American religious dissentSee more details below


An exploration of the transatlantic character of early-American religious dissent

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“Errands has some interesting things to say about authorship, crossoceanic correspondence, absences and presences, and the ability to participate fully in Atlantic religion and/or networks, and how to fashion narratives in London to score victories against over mighty, Bay Colony, Puritan intrusions. . . . This book's real contribution is to show how narrative strategies refined at sea were stage-managed to link suffering and the choking of liberties in New England to old England's own troubles and tense debates.”—New England Quarterly

“Throughout Errands into the Metropolis, Field demonstrates himself to be a truly transnational and transdisciplinary scholar. His careful historical research on both sides of the Atlantic, combined with skillful literary analysis, newly illuminates the purposes of texts such as Williams’s Key and John Clarke’s Ill Newes from New England. For historians, Field’s book also makes an interesting and unexpected companion to Peter Silver’s Our Savage Neighbors: How Indian War Transformed Early America.”—Early American Literature

“A compelling interpretation on how the power of print helped clarify and shape New England politics . . . . Field’s literary approach to tumultuous colonial New England politics is refreshing and adds a new dimension to early American studies.”—Sixteenth Century Journal

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Dartmouth College Press
Publication date:
Reencounters with Colonialism: New Perspectives on the Americas
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6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Matt Cohen
“Errands into the Metropolis offers a compelling, succinct new vision of the political imagination that shaped New England's settlement. The stories told here about contests over religious tolerance and space—in which Quakers in Barbados, Native sachems, unorthodox dissenters, and English printers and patrons all play key parts—challenge us to revise our understanding of early New English authorship, intellectual life, and politics.”
Jim Egan
“Errands into the Metropolis makes an original and important contribution to the study of early modern transatlantic culture and histories of the book. Field’s work offers a powerful new model for understanding the relation between print and cultural authority.”

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