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Edward Johnson

(1598—1672) historian


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(1598–1672),

colonial Massachusetts chronicler and captain of militia, came to Boston in 1630 to trade with the Indians, and after a short stay sailed for England to bring his family, with whom he returned in 1636. He was a founder of Woburn (1640), and until his death was active in the affairs of that town. As a devout and stalwart Puritan, in 1650 he commenced writing A History of New-England, better know by its running title, The Wonder-Working Providence of Sions Saviour in New-England (1654). In this anonymously published work, intended to suppress the calumniations of English critics and celebrate the Puritan religious commonwealth in America, Johnson writes with vigor both of homely facts and of great events, and rhapsodizes with an epic view of the founding of New England as a spiritual crusade by soldiers of Christ at war with unbelievers and the wilderness.

Subjects: Literature.


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