The Colonial Image: Origins of American Culture

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The Pequot War

Edward Johnson

The massacre of the Pequot Indians in 1636 was a favorite theme among New England writers because it seemed to be irrefutable proof that God was on their side. Edward Johnson extracted the last ounce of moralizing, religious exaltation and sheer delight in bloodshed from this incident of the Pequot War.

After the Ministers of Christ had, through the grace that was given them, exhorted and encouraged these Soldiers appointed for the work, the Indian guides with whom they had been provided brought them at the close of day to a small river where they could perceive many persons had been dressing fish. Upon the sight thereof, the Indian guides concluded they were now a feasting it at their fort which was hard at hand. The English, calling a Council of war, being directed by the speciallist providence of the most high God, they concluded to storm the fort a little before break of day, at which time they supposed the Indians being up late in their jolly feasting, would be in their deepest sleep. And surely so it was, for they now slept their last. The English, keeping themselves as covertly as they could, approached the fort at the time appointed. The fort was builded of whole Trees set in the ground fast and standing upon end about twelve foot high, very large. The Indians, having pitched their Wigwams within it, the entrance being on two sides, with intricate Meanders to enter. The chief Leaders of the English made some little stand before they offered to enter, but yet boldly they rushed on, and found the passages guarded at each place with an Indian Bow-man, ready on the string. They soon let fly and wounded the foremost of the English in the shoulder. Yet, having dispatched the Porters, they found the winding way in without a Guide, where they soon placed themselves round the Wigwams and, according to direction, they made their first shot with muzzle of their Muskets down to the

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Edward Johnson: The Wonder-Working Providence of Sions Saviour in New England. Edited by J. F. Jameson.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Preface 5
  • Contents 9
  • Introduction 15
  • Part I - Arrivals 41
  • The Plymouth Plantation 43
  • A Description of New England 66
  • The New English Canaan 76
  • Letters 77
  • The Crossing to Pennsylvania! 83
  • Part II - Daily Life 99
  • Pirates in Plymouth 101
  • Thomas Morton of Merrymount 103
  • The Merrymount Colony 108
  • Edifying Incidents 113
  • An Exemplary Christian 115
  • Inoculation for Smallpox 118
  • Courtship 132
  • Marriage 141
  • On Taking a Mistress 154
  • The Speech of Polly Baker 156
  • Riding through Virginia 159
  • Part III - God and the Devil 167
  • Religious Tolerance 169
  • In Defence of Intolerance 175
  • Witchcraft in Salem 179
  • Witchcraft in Salem 185
  • Witchcraft in Salem 190
  • The Devil in the Shape of a Woman 193
  • Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God 207
  • Personal Narrative 212
  • Part IV - The Indians 221
  • The Indians in Virginia 223
  • Pocahontas 231
  • The Pequot War 239
  • The Pequot War 244
  • Indian Customs and Manners 248
  • Captured by Indians 257
  • Part V - The South 291
  • Virginia 293
  • History of the Dividing Line 310
  • Part VI - Literature 351
  • Anne Bradstreet 353
  • Michael Wigglesworth 357
  • Edward Taylor 367
  • Bacon's Epitaph 370
  • Ebenezer Cook 372
  • Benjamin Franklin 377
  • Part VII - Four Colonial Views 387
  • Itinerarium Dr. Alexander Hamilton 389
  • Autobiography 419
  • Journal 437
  • Letters from an American Farmer 479
  • Bibliography 499
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