Letter from John Cotton to his father, 1709 May 3

About this Collection

Creator
Cotton, John , 1693-1757
Type
Personal correspondence.Family papers.Harvard students' letters.
Collection Title
Letter from John Cotton to his father, 1709 May 3
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.01 cubic feet (1 letter)
Date
1709
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990122462510203941
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Subjects
Mather, Cotton
Indians of North America--Massachusetts--Haverhill
Massachusetts--History
United States--History

Content Notes

Single-page letter written by John Cotton from Boston to his father Rowland Cotton in Sandwich, Massachusetts, while John was a student at Harvard College. In the letter, John shares local news with his father, including information about developments in the Queen Anne's War, the presence of Indians in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and a reference to a "scurrilous pamphlet come over [agst] Uncle Ma: & ye President," likely referring to "The Deplorable State of New England" by Cotton Mather, published in London in 1708.
  • A handwritten transcription of the letter, written at a later date, is with the item.

Biographical Notes

John Cotton (1693-1757, Harvard AB 1710) was a minister in Newton, Massachusetts.|Rowland Cotton (1667-1722, Harvard AB 1685) was the Congregational minister of Sandwich, Massachusetts from 1691 through his death in 1722. He was the grandson of the Puritan minister John Cotton (1585-1652).