Experience Mayhew's Indian Converts
A Cultural Edition
Publication Year: 2008
Published by: University of Massachusetts Press
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Table of Contents
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List of Illustrations
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No work of scholarship is possible without the hard work of other scholars. This edition was feasible only because of the prior perseverance of David Silverman, Jerome Segel, Andrew Pierce, Charles Edward Banks, and of course Experience Mayhew. I am also profoundly indebted to Michael Colacurio: almost every useful idea I have about the Puritans can be traced ...
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Experience Mayhew Timeline
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A little over a hundred years after the ﬁrst English interactions with the Wampanoags at Plymouth Plantation, Puritan missionary Experience Mayhew published the life stories of four generations of Wampanoag men, women, and children who had lived on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The history was unprecedented in scope and content. Although written in...
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The Author’s Preface to the Reader
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THERE are more especially two Things requisite, to render any History acceptable and entertaining to judicious Readers; namely, first, That the Matters of Fact related, be worthy to be observed and recorded. The other is, that the Things reported be well attested and worthy of Credit.The former of these will, I hope, be granted, with respect to my...
An Attestation by The United Ministers of Boston
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The Design of the ensuing Historical Essay, is to make it evident that the Preaching of the Gospel to the Aboriginal Natives of this Land, has not not been in vain; but that there has been some desirable Fruit and Effect thereof. Some may perhaps think, that a Performance of this nature is now become wholly unnecessary, since so many Accounts have been...
Chapter. I. Containing an Account of several Indian MINISTERS, both Pastors, Ruling Elders, and Deacons, who have been justly esteem’d godly Persons.
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GENERALLY where the Word of GOD has been preached by godly Ministers, there have been Some godly People. Being therefore now to shew, that there have been several pious People among our Christian Indians; and that by instancing in particular Persons that have been so, it will be very proper that I begin this Introduction of Instances with mentioning sundry Ministers among them, that have...
Chapter. II. Containing an Account of several Indian MEN, not in any Church Office, who have appeared to be truly good Men.
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WHENEVER God raiseth up a godly Ministry, and setteth them to Work among any People, it seemeth more than probable that he hath some Elect Souls, that he designs to extend his special saving Grace to, and will by such a Ministry effectually call, and bring savingly home to himself: But now, that God has raised up such a Ministry among our...
Chapter III. Containing an Account of several Indian WOMEN that have been justly esteemed Religious.
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The number of Women truly fearing God, has by some been thought to exceed that of Men so doing: but whether the Observation will generally hold true or not, I shall not now inquire; or if it will, stay to consider the Reasons of it.456 However, it seems to be a Truth with respect to our Indians, so far as my Knowledge of them extends, that there have been...
Chap. IV. Early Piety exemplified, in an Account of several Young Men, Maids, and Children, that have appeared to be truly pious.
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I Doubt not but that where there is any thing considerable of true Piety and Religion among a People, God does extend his special and saving Grace to some of every Age, whether elder or younger among them.646 As therefore it appears by what has been already said, that there have been many grown Persons who have been converted and saved among our poor...
SOME ACCOUNT OF THOSE ENGLISH MINISTERS WHO
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THE worthy Collector of the foregoing Instances having very well expressed his Concern that GOD may have the Glory of his Works of Grace upon that People, it must needs be very ﬁtting there should now be some Account of those more principal English Instruments, which Heaven has been pleased to qualify, and inspire with Zeal for this difﬁcult Employment, and then to crown and honour with such remarkable...
Appendix: A Brief Account of the State of the Indians on Martha’s Vineyard, and the small Islands Adjacent in Duke’s-Country, from the Year 1694 to 1720
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Page Count: 448
Publication Year: 2008