Richard Steere, Colonial Merchant Poet
Donald P. WhartonA poet unusually versatile for his time and place, Steere adds a dimension to the study of 17th century American poetry. His career also enlarges the historical record regarding social, political, economic, and legal conditions in Restoration Britain and her colonies. Steere's protests in 1695 against the imprisonment of a radical sectarian constitute a significant early defense of liberty of conscience in America.
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1. Citizen of London, 1643–1683
3. The Cordwainers Company
4. "Believers in Christ Jesus Baptized"
5. A Whig in Tory-Land
6. New London, 1684–1710
7. "in Neptunes Tennis Court"
8. John Wheeler's Assistant
9. "Libertys of the Subject"
10. New England Merchant
11. Earth's Felicities, 1711-1721
12. The Poet Again: Experiment and Development
13. Across the Sound
14. Integer Vitae
15. Long Island Squire
16. Prose Works in Defense of Liberty of Conscience
17. To the Consideration of the Majestrates now in Authority
18. The Plea to an Endictment
19. A Breviary of an Appeal
Notes to the Text 82
Notes to the Prose Works 87