A Sketch of the Life of John Winthrop, the Younger: Founder of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1633

A Sketch of the Life of John Winthrop, the Younger: Founder of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1633

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A Sketch of the Life of John Winthrop, the Younger: Founder of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1633

A Sketch of the Life of John Winthrop, the Younger: Founder of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in 1633

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When Mr. Waters consulted me at the outset with reference to this publication, I thought it peculiarly appropriate that the task should have been undertaken by a President of the Ipswich Historical Society, and I have therefore done my best to aid him, partly by disinterring from family-papers some little new material of local interest, partly by drawing attention to letters so long ago printed in different volumes, some of them now very rare, that they have been gradually lost sight of even by students.

At his suggestion, also, I have taken pains to provide suitable illustrations. The frontispiece is an unusually successful reproduction of the well-known but much discolored portrait of John Winthrop, Jr., in early life, -- the only authentic likeness of him at any period, and still in possession of a branch of his descendants. The facsimiles of manuscripts relating to Ipswich are taken from originals given by me a number of years ago to the Essex Institute. Two of them are reproduced in full size, the others have been a little reduced to avoid folding.

It should be borne in mind that the purpose of this Sketch has merely been to glean from a variety of sources, and place on record for convenient reference, the principal events in the life of the subject from his arrival in Boston in November, 1631, to his retirement from the Massachusetts magistracy in the spring of 1650. His previous experiences in Europe, and his long public career in Connecticut, are but briefly and incidentally described.

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