Category Archives: Origins

1841 or 1848: When Did Responsible Government Begin?


The latest issue of The Dorchester Review contains my first little foray into this question of when Responsible Government began;  I hope to expand this initial contribution into a larger project. For now, you can read my initial findings here. The idea came … Continue reading

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Alexander Hamilton Recommended Responsible Government in 1788


Alexander Hamilton’s “executive packet” of The Federalist Papers (67-77) provides learned historical and comparative analyses of the Constitution of 1787 relative to the British system and to the systems of government in the several American states. Hamilton’s strong grasp of … Continue reading

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1774: Thomas Jefferson, The Rights of British Americans, and the Origins of the Commonwealth Realms


A Summary View of the Rights of British America In “George III and the Loss of the American Colonies,” I cited one of Thomas Jefferson’s earlier works from 1774, A Summary View of the Rights of British America, as evidence … Continue reading

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The “Republic of Canada, Est. 1837”: Distortion of History and of Responsible Government


The Institute for Liberal Studies sells t-shirts emblazened with the flag of the short-lived Republic of Canada and the text “Republic of Canada est. 1837”, accompanied by the following description: The short-lived Republic of Canada is a little-known chapter in … Continue reading

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George III, Parliament, and the Loss of the American Colonies


I generally agree with and like the official website of the British monarchy, but like all official histories, it focuses too heavily on information and arguments favourable to the reputation of its source at the expense of other interpretations and … Continue reading

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