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Puritans in the New World:
A Critical Anthology
Edited by David D. Hall

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Introduction ix
Permissions xvii
PART I: From the Old World to the New 1
Chapter 1
William Bradford, the "Pilgrims," and the Founding of Plymouth Plantation 9
William Bradford: Of Plymouth Plantation 11
Chapter 2
Thomas Weld: "We Dream Not of Perfection" 32
Thomas Weld: To His Former Parishioners at Terling 32
Chapter 3
Thomas Shepard on His Life in Old and New England 37
Thomas Shepard: "To My Dear Son": An Autobiography 38
Chapter 4
The Town of Dedham Organizes a Gathered Church 53
John Allin: A Brief History of the Church of Christ at Dedham 54
PART II: Theology in New England: The Plight of Sinners and the Stages of Redemption 65
Chapter 5
Thomas Shepard's Catechism: On the Fall and Redemption of Humankind 71
Thomas Shepard: First Principles of the Oracles of God 72
Chapter 6
Thomas Hooker on Vocation, or the Gospel Promise 76
Thomas Hooker: The Gift of Free Grace through the Effectual Call 77
Chapter 7
Thomas Shepard on Sin 86
Thomas Shepard: The Sound Believer 86
Chapter 8
The Antinomian Controversy: John Cotton Debates the Other Ministers 89
John Cotton: A Conference Held at Boston 91
Chapter 9
Increase Mather on the New Baptismal Piety 97
Increase Mather: Pray for the Rising Generation 98
PART III: Patterns of Piety and Devotion 105
Chapter 10
John Winthrop on Becoming a Christian 111
John Winthrop: Christian Experience 112
Chapter 11
Laypeople Describe the Work of Grace 119
Confessions from the Churches of Cambridge, Chelmsford, and East Windsor 120
Chapter 12
Anne Bradstreet on Vanity and the Practice of Meditation 135
Anne Bradstreet: For my dear son, Simon Bradstreet 137
Anne Bradstreet: As Weary Pilgrim 138
Chapter 13
A Story of Spiritual Confusion: Elizabeth Knapp's "Diabolical Possession" 140
Samuel Willard: A Brief Account of a Strange and Unusual Providence of God Befallen to Elizabeth Knapp of Groton 141
PART IV The Good Society 157
Chapter 14
John Winthrop on the Social Ethics of a Godly Commonwealth 164
John Winthrop: Christian Charity, A Model Hereof 165
Chapter 15
John Cotton on Democracy, Power, and Theocracy 171
John Cotton: To Lord Say and Sele 1636 172
John Cotton: An Exposition upon the Thirteenth Chapter of the Revelation 175
Chapter 16
John Winthrop Defends His Understanding of Authority 177
John Winthrop: A Little Speech on Liberty 178
Chapter 17
Sarah Goodhue on Family as a Spiritual Community 181
Sarah Goodhue: A Valedictory and Monitory Writing 182
Chapter 18
Anne Bradstreet: Verses Addressed to Her Husband and Family 188
Anne Bradstreet: To My Dear and loving Husband 188
Anne Bradstreet: In reference to her Children, 23 June 1659 189
Anne Bradstreet: In memory of my dear grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet, who deceased August, 1665 being a year and half old 191
Anne Bradstreet: On my dear grandchild Simon Bradstreet, who died on 16 November 1669 being but a month, and one day old 192
Chapter 19
The Ministers Complain of Public and Private Sins, and Offer a Remedy for Them 193
Increase Mather: The Necessity of Reformation 194
PART V: Dissenters 201
Chapter 20
Roger Williams: Separatist, Baptist, "Seeker" 205
John Winthrop: From A History of New England 207
Chapter 21
Anne Hutchinson Defies the Magistrates and Ministers 211
John Winthrop and Thomas Weld: A Short History of the Rise, Reign, and Ruine of Antinomians 213
Chapter 22
The Baptists Plead for Freedom of Conscience 225
John Clarke: Ill Newes from New-England 228
Roger Williams: To the Governor of Massachusetts 232
Sir Richard Saltonstall: To John Cotton and John Wilson 234
John Cotton: To Sir Richard Saltonstall 235
PART VI Encountering the Native Americans 239
Chapter 23
The Pequot "War" of 1637 245
John Mason: A Brief History of the Pequot War 246
Chapter 24
Forming Native American Congregations 255
John Eliot and Thomas Mayhew: Tears of Repentance 258
Chapter 25
The Martha's Vineyard Mission 270
Experience Mayhew: Indian Converts 270
Chapter 26
Mary Rowlandson: A Captive Because of God's Providence 282
Mary Rowlandson: The Sovereignty & Goodness of God 283
PART VII Errand into the Wilderness 323
Chapter 27
John Cotton on the Millennium 329
John Cotton: The Churches Resurrection 330
Chapter 28
Edward Johnson on New England's Newfound Prosperity 333
Edward Johnson: The Wonder-working Providence of Sion's Saviour in New-England 334
Chapter 29
Samuel Danforth on Errand and Decline 336
Samuel Danforth: A Brief Recognition of New-England's Errand into the Wilderness 337
Chapter 30
Increase Mather on the Politics of Declension 342
Increase Mather: The Day of Trouble is near 343
Bibliographical Note, and Works Cited 349
Index 359

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