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Samuel Andrew Peters

(1735—1826)


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(1735–1826), Connecticut Loyalist and Anglican clergyman, in 1781 published his derogatory General History of Connecticut, by a Gentleman of the Province, famous for its account of colonial blue laws. His strong hatred for the republicanism and nonconformity of his native land, whence he fled to England just before the Revolution, led him to make misrepresentations about the stringency of blue laws that have been innocently copied by later historians. In 1805 he returned to the U.S. and purchased land claims of Jonathan Carver, which Congress in 1826 disallowed. He also wrote A History of the Reverend Hugh Peters (1807), falsely claiming that Hugh Peters was his great-grand-uncle.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

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