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this grant. On application by the Society, the legislature have encouraged the present publication by a very liberal subscription, for the use of the Commonwealth.
Of the author, the late Rev. John Eliot D.D. has given a very interesting, though not minute account, in “ The New England Biographical Dictionary." He was born, 1621 ; was one of the first class of graduates, at Harvard College, 1642; was settled in the ministry at Ipswich, a colleague of Rev. Thomas Cobbet, about 1666 or 1667; and died, 1704. Of his publications, the following are all that are known : A Sermon, “ among
among the very good ones,»* on the General Election, 1676, 4to; Narrative of Indian wars, 4to, 1677, republished 12mo, Boston, 1775; Fast sermon, 24 June, 1682; Sermon and Memoirs on Maj. Gen. Denison, published with his Irenicon, 12mo, 1684; Testimony (with Rev. John Higginson) to the order of the gospel in the churches, 1701.
In John Dunton's Journal of his visit to New England, 1685, a very interesting notice is taken of the MINISTER of Ipswich.+
The authenticity and value of this history appear in the following testimonials.
Rev. Thomas Prince, in “ A Chronological History of New England in the form of Annals," has in his list of folio MSS.—12. The Rev. Mr. William Hubbard's General History of New England from the Discovery to 1680, in 338 pages : And though not in his
† See “Extracts from the life &c. of J. D." Histor. Collect. vol. ij. 2d Ser. p. 121.
own hand-writing, yet having several corrections made thereby.”—Again, “ And whereas I observe some mistakes in Mr. Hubbard's History of New England ; the reader may consider, that as we have only a copy of that VALUABLE WORK, the substance whereof I
propose to give the Publick: some of these mistakes
may be owing to the Transcriber only, and some, that LEARNED and INGENIOUS AUTHOR fell into for want of Gov. Bradford's History, and some other materials, which I happen to be favoured with.99*
His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, in “ The History of Massachusetts Bay,”ť says,
Many such [materials for an history of the Colony] came to me from my ancestors, who, for four successive generations, had been principal actors in publick affairs : among the rest, a manuscript history of Mr. William Hubbard, which is carried down to the year 1680, but after 1650 contains but few facts. The former part has been of great use to me: it was so to Dr. Mather in his bistory, of which Mr. Neale's is little more than an abridgment."
The opinion of his biographer, than whom no one was better able to appreciate duly the relative as well as absolute merit of our early writers, is given in the prefatory remarks to his valuable ecclesiastical history, in the Historical Collections.[
• Vol. i. 12mo. pp. 254, Boston, 1736. Preface, p. vii. and s. xi. Mr. Prince made few corrections, for he brought down his annals only to 1633. That the copy from which this edition is printed, is the same which he consulted, is little doubted. This is not in Mr. Hubbard's hand writing, yet has his emendations.
† 8vo. 2 vol. Lond. 1765. vol. i. pref. Vol. vii. First Series, p. 263.
Of the MS. copy a few pages at the beginning and end are mutilated, and the writing, in some places, is scarcely legible. These passages are given, as far as the editors could spell them out. Where they have supplied words, or portions of words, conjecturally, such are printed in italicks. Where they were at a loss, they have used asterisks.*
They had hoped to obtain an entire copy 'of this defective portion. This fond expectation was derived from their knowledge that la transcript was made by Hon. Peter Oliver, Esq. LL. D. Chief Justice of Massachusetts.t Application has been made to the family in England, for a part or the whole of this precious document; but without success. I
JOSEPA MCKEAN, } Historical Society. Cambridge, Mass. 1815.
From the ninth page, the manuscript is entire ; pages 7 and 8 are nearly so; 3, 4, 5, and 6, considerably torn and effaced ; 1 and 2 appear to be wanting At the end, page 337 is a little defective ; 338 is nearly effaced ; the remainder is lost. The editors had contemplated retaining the author's mode of spelling; but soon finding that this was not unitorm, they concluded not to continue the attempt, after the first seven chapters.
+ " 1773. June 10. Judge Oliver came and drank tea with me. He bas a copv of the Rev. Mr. Hubbard's MSS. of Ipswich, which he himself copied from a copy which had corrections in Mr. Hubbard's own hand writing. I think it contains 3 or 400 pages folio. This with Gov. Bradford's and Gov. Winthrop's MSS. are the three most consid. erable historical accounts of the first settlement of New England.”
President Stiles' Literary Diary. “ Every relick or document which related to the settlement of the country or was curious, had a value stamped upon it. He collect. ed many papers and records, and even transcribed William Flubbard's MS. history with his own hand. All these, except such as Hutchinson made use of, were carried away with him when he went to England.”
Art. Oliver, (P.) Eliot's N. E. Biogr. Dict. p. 350. See the letters on this subject; Histor. Collections vol. ii. New Series.
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Of the plantation at Patuxet, or New Plymouth, in
the year 1620; with the occasions that led there-
• The Ms. copy is carefully preserved in the library of the Historical