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A Plague of InformersConspiracy and Political Trust in William III's England$
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Rachel Weil

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300171044

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300171044.001.0001

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A Trusted Government?

A Trusted Government?

(p.68) Chapter 2 A Trusted Government?
A Plague of Informers

Rachel Weil

Yale University Press

The new regime’s major goals of securing itself against enemies and winning the trust of subjects were mutually interdependent but sometimes contradictory. This chapter examines how this tension affected national and local institutions of government. Responsibility for protecting the new regime from its enemies was distributed among several officeholders: postmasters, mayors, justices of the peace, customs and excise officers, and military and militia commanders. These persons were tasked with disciplining the public, but were also themselves objects of scrutiny, by the public and by one another. Whether this eclectic collection of officeholders themselves could be trusted was an open question in the 1690s.

Keywords:   Williamite regime, security, new regime, government institutions

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