J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Talk on George III in Waltham, 14 November

From the Waltham Historical Society via Paul O'Shaughnessy comes this news:

On Tuesday evening, November 14th, the Waltham Historical Society is presenting Dr. Anthony Howes with his lecture "George III, The King who lost America." The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, and will be held in the Community Room at the RTN Federal Credit Union building, 600 Main Street in Waltham. Parking and entry is at the rear of the building.

Please arrive between 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm. Credit Union policy demands that the doors not open earlier, and that they will be locked shortly after the lecture begins.
From the historical society's website comes this additional information:
George III was only 22 years old when he acceded to the British throne in 1760 following the death of his grandfather. Despite his young age, he was confident of his ability to rule and immediately set about choosing ministers who would support his views. He believed that he could restore the active role of the monarch in politics that had been neglected by his Hanoverian ancestors.

When he turned his attention to the American Colonies he did not understand how the effects of over 100 years of benign neglect could not be lightly dismissed. His refusal to listen to advice from many experienced and learned parliamentarians resulted in a series of blunders that resulted in the Revolutionary War and American Independence. We will look at events taking place in England at that time, and how these events were impacted by George III himself. The talk will be illustrated by prints and illustrations of the period.

Dr. Howes is a retired radiation oncologist who is also a re-enactor with the Sudbury Companies of Militia and Minute. He was born in London, England and is particularly interested in the connections between British and American history.

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