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CONTENTS.

CHAP. I.

J&DVANfAGES of history, discovery of New England,
,. «~—its first settlement, pestilence - - -

GHAP. II.

Rise of the Puritans,, their sufferings, fight to Holland,
inconveniences there, resolution to remove

CHAP. III.

Measures adopted for removing, their voyage, they land

at Cape Cod - - - - - 39

CHAP. IV.

Excursions for discovery, a child born, another voyage

for discovery, attacked by Indians, discover the

place which they apterwards named Plymouth, two

men left, Capt. titandish elected Commander in

chief dreadful winter, mortality, an Indian visits

them, treaty with Massasoit -. - 3&

CHAP. V.

Increase of their number, sufferings, a massacre cf

Virginians, duel, Sqncnto dies, lands purchased,

visit to Massasoit, who is sick, patent obtained,

first cattle in AVw England, death and character

of Mr, Robinson - - - 55

CHAP. VI.

A larger patent obtained, difficulties between the com-

puiiy in England and the planters^ persecution cf

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Advantages ofbistort/, discovery of New England^ its first settlement^ pestilence.

-tilSTORY has always been a persuasive method of instru6ting mankind. Many good men have in every age employed it for this invaluable purpose. Though precepts and admonitions often have a commanding energy, an irresistible influence; though the Pulpit will forever stand unrivalled among the means of instruftion and reformation, still history lends her alluring and powerful assistance. Pier salutary light is often of incalculable importance; she brings to view the exadl fulfilment of scripture prophecies; she displays goodness in real life with all its felicities, vice with all its miseries. Examples of individuals great and good, of communities distinguished for integrity and success, powerfully persuade to an imitation of their virtues.

If any country has merited the notice of history, New England has her strong claims. Beginning in weakness and sufferings; at one time with less

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