Thomas Prince. A Chronological History of New-England. 1736.


Thomas Prince (1687-1758) was a colonial American historian and clergyman. Born in Cape Cod, he matriculated at Harvard in 1703, and during his college years resolved to collect everything he could in print or manuscript about the history of New England. After graduation, however, he left to spend nearly a decade abroad, in England, Holland, and Barbados. In 1717 he returned to Boston and assumed the pulpit of Old South Church, where he gained widespread popularity for his intellectual scope, writing on subjects as diverse as comets and earthquakes, advocating inoculation against smallpox, and delivering civic sermons to mark important events. He continued to collect books, manuscripts, and maps about New England, and in 1736 published the results of his many years labor in this Chronological History. It achieved wideapread popularity, but was critiqued for a relative dearth of local history, so Prince authored a sequel in 1755, Annals of New England, to fill this gap.[ANB] The sample page below begins Prince's retelling of the settlers' first days at Plymouth Colony.

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