The Younger John Winthrop

The Younger John Winthrop

The Younger John Winthrop

The Younger John Winthrop

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There may somewhere exist an authentic historical or biographical "field" that is absolutely unworked; if so, I have yet to encounter it. Certainly the younger John Winthrop has long attracted a considerable notice: He has been sketched, subjected to medical criticism, and made the subject of copious footnotes; he has been presented as a builder of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, cited as the most significant influence in seventeenth-century Connecticut, and featured above all others in an admirable study of the Winthrop family. He even has served (in a widely read novel) as a noble-minded lover, frustrated by circumstance. Yet it may be ventured that he has not heretofore received full-scale biographical attention of the usual kind. That such treatment has been long overdue I am convinced.

To render appropriate thanks to all who have contributed to an effort of so many seasons is quite impossible. The cooperative nature of librarians and archivists is universally recognized, yet so unexceptionally cordial have been their efforts on my behalf that my feelings can only remain those of happy discovery. They have stood ready in many places, some of world-wide fame, others unpretentious: The Library of Congress; the Bodleian Library; the New London County Historical Society; the Connecticut Historical So ciety . . .

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