Puritans: A SourceBook of Their Writings

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Overview

Critically acclaimed classic lets Puritans speak for themselves in crucial documents covering history, theory of state and society, religion, customs, behavior; biographies and letters, poetry, literary theory, education, science, and more. Enlightening general introduction and nine section prefaces give focus to the writings. Regarded by historian Samuel Eliot Morison as "the best selection ever made of Puritan literature, point of view and culture," this sourcebook is not only an essential guide for the student of early American history, it is astonishingly good reading.

"The best selection ever made of Puritan literature, point of view, and culture..."-- Samuel Eliot Morison

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<:st> Previous editions are cited in . The words of Puritan men (and a very small number of women) round out the group's two-dimensional modern image in this collection of writings from 17th century New England. The editors selected lengthy passages from "pivotal" documents<-->letters, sermons, journals, poems, biographies, and essays<-->that throw light on the lives of the settlers, who had a powerful effect on the social, political, religious, and cultural shape of things to come in America. Includes a lengthy introduction as well as a period map of New England and other illustrations. This single volume is an unabridged reprint of the work's second edition, originally published in two volumes in 1963. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061310935
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1963
  • Edition number: 1

Table of Contents

Volume I
General Introduction
I. The Puritan Way of Life 1
1. The Puritan in His Age 1
2. The Spirit of the Age 5
3. Puritan Humanism 19
4. The Essential Issue 41
5. Estimations 55
II. The Puritans as Literary Artists 64
Chapter I History 81
Readings
90
History of Plymouth Plantation 91
117
A Defence of the Answer 118
122
New Englands Plantation 123
125
Journal: The Landing at Salem 126
The Antinomian Crisis 129
143
Wonder-working Providence 143
162
A General Introduction 163
Chapter II The Theory of the State and of Society 181
Readings
194
A Modell of Christian Charity 195
A Defence of an Order of Court 199
Journal 202
Speech to the General Court 205
207
Letter to Lord Say and Seal 209
Limitation of Government 212
214
The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution 216
Letter to the Town of Providence 224
225
The Simple Cobler of Aggawam 226
237
Nehemiah on the Wall 237
243
New-Englands True Interest 243
246
The Happiness of a People 247
250
The Character of a Good Ruler 250
256
Vindication 257
270
The Throne Established by Righteousness 270
277
A Discourse concerning Unlimited Submission 277
Chapter III This World and the Next 281
Readings
290
A True Sight of Sin 292
Meditation 301
Wandering Thoughts 306
Repentant Sinners and Their Ministers 309
314
Swine and Goats 314
Hypocrites and Saints 316
Wading in Grace 318
Christian Calling 319
Purchasing Christ 327
334
Predestination and Human Exertions 335
Man Knows Not His Time 340
Sleeping at Sermons 348
350
The Sovereign Efficacy of Divine Providence 350
367
Souldiery Spiritualized 367
369
Saints Not Known by Externals 369
The Death of a Saint 371
Degenerating New England 374
376
Phaenomena 376
Notes xix
Bibliographies xxix
Volume II
Chapter IV Manners, Customs, and Behavior 379
Readings
395
The Sea Marke 395
Advertisement for the Unexperienced Planters 396
401
Plain Dealing 401
403
Journal 404
411
An Arrow against Profane and Promiscuous Dancing 411
413
Letters 414
425
The Journal of Madam Knight 425
447
Extracts from Diary 448
450
The Accomplished Singer 451
453
An Answer to Some Cases of Conscience 454
Chapter V Biographies and Letters 459
Readings
465
Letters of the Winthrops 465
471
Autobiography 471
475
Letters 475
489
The Life of Richard Mather 489
496
Life of John Eliot 497
511
Diary 511
530
The Redeemed Captive 530
536
Benjamin Colman 536
Jane Turell 541
Chapter VI Poetry 545
Readings
552
The London Plague 553
The Bay Psalm Book 555
Psalms 556
561
Spring 562
Contemplations 564
The Flesh and the Spirit 570
To My Dear and Loving Husband 573
A Letter to Her Husband 573
Meditations 574
Longing for Heaven 579
580
On Mrs. Bradstreet's Tenth Muse (Ward) 580
Upon Mrs. Anne Bradstreet (Rogers) 581
A Funeral Elogy (Norton) 583
585
A Prayer 586
The Day of Doom 587
A Short Discourse on Eternity 606
A Song of Emptiness 608
God's Controversy with New-England 611
Meat Out of the Eater 616
Light in Darkness 624
Strength in Weakness 626
Poor Men's Wealth 626
Heavenly Crowns for Thorny Wreaths 628
630
Two Epitaphs 630
631
Two Almanac Poems 632
635
New Englands Crisis 636
640
An Elegy 641
650
Poetical Works 652
Preparatory Meditations 656
656
Poetical Meditations 657
A Brief Account of Winthrop 658
661
An Hymn to Christ 663
Chapter VII Literary Theory 665
Readings
The Bay Psalm Book 669
The Preface 670
672
A Survey of the Summe of Church Discipline 672
673
The Prayse of Eloquence 674
678
Psalterium Americanum 678
680
Wolcott's Poetical Meditations 681
684
Of Poetry and Style 684
689
Bombastic and Grubstreet Style 68
Chapter VIII Education 695
Readings
New Englands First Fruits 700
In Respect of the College 701
704
A Commencement Sermon 705
707
Letter to His Nephew 708
714
Letter to His Son 715
720
A Presidential Address 721
721
An Elegy on Ezekiel Cheever 722
Some Special Points Relating to Education 724
Chapter IX Science 729
Readings
738
An Astronomical Description 738
739
Letter concerning Some Natural Curiosities 740
742
Letter to Robert Boyle 742
744
Concerning Lightning and Thunder 744
Concerning the Nature of Comets 745
747
Method of Making Maple Sugar 747
Method for Discovering where Bees Hive 748
750
The Christian Philosopher 750
758
The Witchcraft Delusion 758
762
The Way of Proceeding in Small Pox 763
Notes 765
Bibliographies 777
Index 819
Illustrations
Volume I
Portrait of Richard Mather
Map of New England xvi
Letter of John Winthrop to His Wife 80
Title Page of Nathaniel Ward's The Simple Cobler 180
Volume II
Page of Samuel Sewall's Diary
Letter of Margaret Winthrop to Her Husband 458
Page of Edward Taylor's Manuscript 664
Broadside of Theses for a Harvard Commencement, 1678 728
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