The North American Review Volume N . 81

The North American Review Volume N . 81

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...and claiming no preternatural political sagacity. They could penetrate the future no further than to confide in the justice of God and the power of truth. The latter they knew must ultimately prevail, for the former was pledged to secure its triumph."--pp. 84, 85. We are gratified to find that Mr. Barry does ample justice to the worth and services of Roger Conant, than whom the infant Colonies had no better man, but some of whose virtues were so far beyond his age as to have failed with his contemporaries of so emphatic a recognition as is beginning to be awarded by their posterity. He was, no doubt, a Puritan in faith, and a man of the severest sanctity in morals, but evidently was less afraid of Episcopacy than his first associates, and cherished other sentiments than those of aversion and loathing for the ritual and liturgy of the English Church. Indeed, it seems highly probable that, both at Cape Ann, and at Naumkeag before the arrival of Endicott, the religious services performed under his auspices were in accordance with the worship of the Established Church; and, if this were the case, it may account for the degree to which a man of so much energy, discretion, and experience was suffered to fall into retirement and obscurity. We are glad that the work undertaken by Mr. Barry has been left unattempted until now. There has been no previous time, when numerous omissions or inaccuracies would not have been inevitable. But the labors of the last few years on public documents, local traditions, and family records have accumulated for the state historiographer materials which almost oppress him with their copiousness, and which, though far from settling all questions of interest and moment, oftener leave doubt from the discrepancy than from...show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236525736
  • 9781236525734