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FROM THE PURITAN AGE OF NEW ENGLAND
TO THE PRESENT DAY
HENRY WILDER FOOTE
IN TWO VOLUMES
LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY
BY HENRY WILDER FOOTE.
BY ARTHUR THEODORE LYMAN.
UNIVERSITY PRESS: JOHN WILSON AND SON, CAMBRIDGE, U. S. A.
HE first volume of Mr. FOOTE'S Annals of King's Chapel appeared on Forefathers' Day, 1881. It fully justified the high expectations of those who knew with what care and thoroughness the Author had prepared himself for his exacting and delicate task, and at once took its place in the front rank of that department of our historical literature to which it belongs. The death of the Author on the twenty-ninth of May, 1889, brought not only sorrow to the hearts of his kindred and friends, but a pang of regret to historical students and scholars both within and without his own denominational brotherhood. Mr. Foote had dealt with the stormy period comprised in his first volume in a spirit so just and generous and catholic that the possibility of an unfinished treatment of the subject was regarded with profound regret; and inquiries as to the progress he had made upon his concluding volume and as to the possibility of its being completed by another hand were constantly heard. In the autumn of 1889 the writer reluctantly consented to undertake this task as a labor of love. The work, while most engaging and attractive, has proved to be arduous and extremely delicate. It has been carried on amid other exacting duties which could not be slighted; consequently, the time required to complete it has seemed unnecessarily long to many who were unaware of these circumstances.
At the time of Mr. Foote's death the first hundred and ninety-one pages of this volume had been finished, as well as
the chapter on The Price Fund and the Lists of Officers and Pew Proprietors which will be found in the Appendix. The mass of material placed in the Editor's hands for the remaining chapters was very large, and the mere classification and arrangement of it involved a great expenditure of time. Among this material-chiefly composed of extracts from manuscript or printed documents, early newspapers, and standard publications was more or less of Mr. Foote's own manuscript dealing with topics falling within the scope of the unwritten chapters. It has been the Editor's constant aim to incorporate in the following pages as much of this manuscript as possible, adapting some portions that were written in the form of discourse. He has also striven to follow as closely as possible the general style and plan which Mr. Foote had adopted for the work, and to interpret faithfully the notes and suggestions of the Author as to that part of the volume which he did not live to complete. This has occasioned some protracted research, which in itself has considerably delayed the progress of the work. Since he was in frequent communication with Mr. Foote while the first volume was passing through the press, and had occasionally the privilege of reading the proof-sheets, the Editor acquired a degree of familiarity with the Author's general plan in preparing these Annals which has proved of great advantage to him in continuing the work. A pencilled list, in Mr. Foote's hand, of proposed headings for the chapters of this volume has been followed as closely as was practicable. Only one chapter that on "The Unitarian Movement" has been excluded from this scheme. Mr. Foote had collected abundant material for such a chapter, all which, however, the Editor has deemed it proper to omit, since the subject has recently been so thoroughly and admirably treated by the Rev. JOSEPH HENRY ALLEN, D.D., that, had his work appeared in Mr. Foote's lifetime, it would undoubtedly have forestalled any attempt to discuss it further in these pages.
The Editor has not been unmindful of Mr. Foote's remark in the Preface to Volume I., that the history of King's Chapel since
1 An Historical Sketch of the Unitarian Movement since the Reformation, New York, 1894, pp. 254.