An Account of the First Settlement, Laws, Form of Government, and Police, of the Cessares, a People of South America: In Nine Letters, from Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.], one of the Senators of that Nation, to his Friend in Holland. With Notes by the Editor

TitleAn Account of the First Settlement, Laws, Form of Government, and Police, of the Cessares, a People of South America: In Nine Letters, from Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.], one of the Senators of that Nation, to his Friend in Holland. With Notes by the Editor
Year for Search1764
Authors[Burgh], [James](1714-75)
Tertiary AuthorsVander Neck, Mr. [pseud.]
Date Published1764
PublisherPtd. for J. Payne
Place PublishedLondon
KeywordsEnglish author, Scottish author
Annotation

A detailed, regimented eutopia is presented in the founding of a colony. Each male colonist to get sufficient land for their needs and the rest reserved for their descendants. Everyone is expected to be “sober, industrious and peaceable” (Claeys 80), and anything that would lead to a different condition is illegal. There are no lawyers, and plain speaking in trials is expected. Inspectors report annually on both the condition of the people, with ministers a particular concern, and that of the infrastructure. Useful trades taught along with intellectual, moral, and religious material.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Utopias of the British Enlightenment. Ed. Gregory Claeys (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 71-136.

Pseudonym

Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.]

Translation Note

Spanish ed. as Un Relato de la Colonizacion, de las Leyes, Formas de Gobierno y Costumbres de los Césares, un pueblo de Sudamérica, contenido en nueve Cartas, enviadas por Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.], uno de los Senadores de dicha Nación, a un amigo en Holanda, con nota del editor. Hay tres cosas que regulan los estados a saber: Necesidad, Leyes y Costumbres. Santiago de Chile, Chile: Centro de Investigaciones de Historia Americana, 1963

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Author Note

The author (1714-75) was born and raised in Scotland but spent most of his life in England. 

Full Text

1764 [Burgh, James] (1714-75). An Account of the First Settlement, Laws, Form of Government, and Police, of the Cessares, a People of South America: In Nine Letters, from Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.], one of the Senators of that Nation, to his Friend in Holland. With Notes by the Editor. London: Ptd. for J. Payne. Rpt. in Utopias of the British Enlightenment. Ed. Gregory Claeys (Cambridge, Eng.: Cambridge University Press, 1994), 71-136. Spanish ed. as Un Relato de la Colonizacion, de las Leyes, Formas de Gobierno y Costumbres de los Césares, un pueblo de Sudamérica, contenido en nueve Cartas, enviadas por Mr. Vander Neck [pseud.], uno de los Senadores de dicha Nación, a un amigo en Holanda, con nota del editor. Hay tres cosas que regulan los estados a saber: Necesidad, Leyes y Costumbres. Santiago de Chile, Chile: Centro de Investigaciones de Historia Americana, 1963. L

A detailed, regimented eutopia is presented in the founding of a colony. Each male colonist to get sufficient land for their needs and the rest reserved for their descendants. Everyone is expected to be “sober, industrious and peaceable” (Claeys 80), and anything that would lead to a different condition is illegal. There are no lawyers, and plain speaking in trials is expected. Inspectors report annually on both the condition of the people, with ministers a particular concern, and that of the infrastructure. Useful trades taught along with intellectual, moral, and religious material. The author was born and raised in Scotland but spent most of his life in England.