Cotton Mather's Diary, 1703 - The forty first year of the Diary of the never to be forgotten Cotton Mather” was how Christopher Columbus Baldwin described this find among thousands of pamphlets in the “ancient trunks, bureaus, and chests, baskets, tea chests and old drawers” in Thomas Walcutt’s storage area on the fourth floor of a Boston warehouse in August 1834. Baldwin inscribed the front cover of the diary volume with the date of its discovery, his signature, and title: 1703. The XLIst Year. Mather Family Papers, Octavo vol. 39. AAS Archives. Gift of Thomas Walcutt, 1834.

 

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