Despair seemed to be their plight as God's chosen. "It is a woeful piece of our corruption in our evil time, " Parris noted in February, "when the wicked prosper, & the godly party meet with vexations by & by to cry down divine Providence, as if God had forsaken the earth." Parris's pessimistic appraisal was in part due to circumstances beyond his struggle with village opponents. By the early years of the 1690s, there had developed in Massachusetts Bay a general sense of an emerging crisis. The signs of it seemed to be all around. No one knew what kind of government the Crown planned to impose upon them in the wake of the overthrow of the Dominion government. Imperial officials, notably the Lords of Trade, long had sought to void the Massachusetts Bay charter to centralize administration of the empire. They had substantial support among English merchants who lost money because of repeated violations of imperial trade regulations by New Englanders. After years of legal maneuvering, the Court of Chancery granted the centralizers their wish in 1684 by voiding the Massachusetts Bay charter. This permitted Charles II to create a new administrative unit called the Dominion of New England that included all the New England colonies and New York. I am unable to write school essays and I pay for essaysonline because I have no other alternative
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