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IN 1689, 1690, 1692, 1696, AND 1704.
From the notes of Benjamin Church
wars to the time of the Creek War.
The unexampled achievệinents of our fathers should not be forgotten.
Price $ 1 50.
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS-TO WIT :.
District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, That on the eighth day of January, A.D. (L. S.) 1827, in the fifty-first year of the Independence of the United
States of America, Samuel G. Drake, of the said District, has deposited in this office the title of a Book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor in the words following, To WIT:
“ The History of Philip's War, commonly called the Great Indian War of 1675 and 1676. Also, of the French and Indian Wars at ihe Eastward, in 1689, 1690, 1692,1696, and 1704. By Thomas Church, Esq.-With numerous notes to explain the situation of the places of Battles, the particular Geography of the ravaged Country, and the lives of the principal persons engaged in those wars. Also, an Appendix, containing an account of the Treatment of the Natives by the early voyagers, the settlement of N. England by the Forefathers, the Pequot War, narratives of persons carried into captivity, anecdotes of the Indians, and the most important late Indian Wars to the time of the Creek War. By Samuel G. Drake. Second Edition with plates. The unexampled achievements of our fathers should not be forgotten.
Washington. What wyrsethey wag'd, what seas what dangers past, What gloriqus&mpiła trówn°d their toils at last. Camoens." In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled “An Act for the Exodurágebrent of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charps.and Books, do the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the timěs tkereii mentioned :” and also to an Act entitled «s An Act supplementary fð að Act entitled, An Act for the Encouragement of Learviågby scouting the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books to the Authors and Pioplitters of such Copies during: the times therein mentioned : and extending the bedefits thereof.to the Arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical and other prints.* *
JOHN W. DATI
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.
THE EDITOR'S PREFACE.
HURCH's History of King Philip's War,” &c. was first published at Boston, in 1716, in quarto. It was reprinted in Newport, in 1772, in octavo. I have never met with a copy of the first edition, therefore I copy from the second. This is now very scarce and rarely to be met with. It is however preserved in some private libraries in the old colony, in the Atheneum at Boston, and other literary institutions there and elsewhere.
The lamentable manner in which Hutchinson in his History of Massachusetik passed over the Inihan wars, causes us much regret, and a desire to catch at every thing that can give any light: apore them. He is particular in relating the witct affairs of the colony, but when we have followed him into Philip's war, being led at “first with interesting particulars, he stops short and says, “ It is 1100 mý design to enter into every minutę oircumstance of the war.” But does not tell us why. This is the more to be lamented, as his means were more ample for such history than can now be hari.
In 1825 I published a small edition of this history, containing however but few additions to the old, which being immediately taken up, occasioned the early appearance of this. In an early period it was designed to publish the work as it now appears. Accordingly many valuable papers and rare works had been collected, but not used in the first edition, on
account of the magnitude and early promise of the work.
The papers had been much forwarded previous to the Courtstreet fire, of 10 November, 1825, in the time of which a trunk was stolen, containing many of the manuscript notes, relating particularly to the biography of the principal persons that figured in the Indian wars. These in many instances I could not restore, which is very much regretted; though not more than my want of information on subjects in general. But a consciousness is felt, that something though small, is redeemed from oblivion, which will be thought valuable by posterity.
Of such gentlemen as have had the opportunities of many years to examine the history of our country, together with every advantage from access to all publick and private documents, I have every indulgence to ask.
In regard to the accurate performance of the work, I can only observe, that a scrupulous regard to accuracy has been paid; yet, errours may have been committed, but in no case inadvertently. And as our most authentick historians have failed in
many of these points, perfection will not be expected in mê.
The same indulgence for the commission of literal errourz, as foz others, is solicited, though the excuse for such cannot be at good; but if every thing be found simple, and easy to be undeiştood, my chief aim is answered. For soʻall historical memoirs (says Dr. Colman) should be writien. In a number of particulars I have deviated from coinmun usage; but in none without good reasons, and to me satisfactory. As one instance it is observed, that.compound names of places, in general, are written like simple names. For this deviation from general custom, no apology will be expected of me, as it has been proved to be preferable by a writer of great eminence.*
* Joel Barlow, Esq. See his Columbiad, printed 1807, Philadelphia, 4to.