A Dialogue or Third Conference Between Some Young Men Born, in New England, and Some Ancient Men Which, Came Out of Holland and Old England: Concerning the Church and the Government Thereof (Classic Reprint)by William Bradford
The author of this Dialogue was William Bradford, for many years governor of the colony of New-Plymouth, and author of the History of Plymouth Plantation,
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The author of this Dialogue was William Bradford, for many years governor of the colony of New-Plymouth, and author of the History of Plymouth Plantation, published for the first time, by the Massachusetts Historical Society, in 1856. The original manuscript, written in the beautiful hand of Governor Bradford, in a small volume, five inches by three in size, of about one hundred and fifty pages, is in the Library of the Historical Society.
This, it will be seen, is styled the "third conference."
The first Dialogue, or Conference, was held or written in 1648, and relates chiefly to the views of the Separatists; and gives a most interesting and valuable sketch of those who were early and prominently engaged in the religious movement which marked the rise of that sect, with many of whom Bradford was personally acquainted. A few leaves only of the original manuscript of the first conference are extant, and these are in the Library of the Historical Society. The whole, however, was copied by Secretary Morton into the records of the Plymouth Church, and was printed for the first time by Dr. Young, in his Chronicles of the Pilgrims, in 1841. In a note at the conclusion of the Dialogue, Dr. Young says, "Bradford continued this Dialogue in two other parts; one of which I have had in my possession, written with his own hand. The title is as follows: 'A Dialogue or 3d Conference,'" &c., citing in full the title of the volume we here publish. As to the second conference, I have never seen it, nor any reference to it.
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