The New English Canaan of Thomas Morton: With Introductory Matter and Notes

The New English Canaan of Thomas Morton: With Introductory Matter and Notes

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The New English Canaan of Thomas Morton: With Introductory Matter and Notes

The New English Canaan of Thomas Morton: With Introductory Matter and Notes

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Before undertaking the present work I had no experience as an editor. It is unnecessary for me to say, therefore, that, were I now to undertake it, I should pursue a somewhat different course from that which I have pursued. the New English Canaan is, in many respects, a singular book. One of its most Angular features is the extent of ground it covers. Not only is it full of obscure references to incidents in early New England history, but it deals directly with the aborigines, the trees, animals, fish, birds and geology of the region ; besides having constant incidental allusions to literature, — both classic and of the author’s time, — to geography, and to then current events. No one person can possess the knowledge necessary to thoroughly cover so large a field. To edit properly he must have recourse to specialists.

It was only as the labor of investigation increased on my hands that I realized what a wealth of scientific and special knowledge was to be reached, in the neighborhood of Boston, by any one engaged in such multifarious inquiry. Were I again to enter upon it I should confine my own labors chiefly to correspondence ; for on every point which comes up there is some one now in this vicinity, if he can only be found out, who has made a study of it, and has more information than the most laborious and skilful of editors can acquire. in . . .

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