Mather, Cotton. Diary and Personal Documents, 1716-circa 1719.
Cotton Mather, son of Increase Mather and Maria Cotton, was born February 12, 1663 in the city of Boston in Massachusetts Bay Colony. He attended Boston Latin School and Harvard, graduating in 1678. He was ordained May 13, 1684 at Second Church in Boston, also known as "Old North" Church or "the Church of the Mathers", where he served with his father, Increase (1639 O.S. - 1723 O.S.). Cotton married three times (first to Abigail Phillips of Charlestown, second to Elizabeth Hubbard, and third to Lydia George) and had 15 children six of whom lived to adulthood. Cotton was also a prolific author, publishing some 280 distinct items. He is perhaps best remembered today for his endorsement of inoculation as a means of fighting smallpox and for his role in the Salem witchcraft trials. Cotton Mather died February 23, 1728.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains the diary of Cotton Mather (1663-1728) from the years 1716 (volume originally classified as RBR M42.3 DI), as well as Mather's "Directions for a SON going to the Colledge" and a record of marriages performed by Mather in the year 1717.
Note: this segment of Mather's diary was written during the transition from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar. As such, the February portion of the diary is dual dated 1715/1716 while March is single-dated 1716.
A servant of the Lord, not ashamed of his Lord : a short essay to fortify the minds of all persons, especially of young persons, against the discouragements of piety, offered in the derisions of the impions [pdf] (1704) by Cotton Mather
Pedigree of the Family Mather [pdf] from A brief history of the vvar with the Indians in New-England… (1676) by Increase Mather (Genealogical chart showing nine generations)
Items are contained in a single volume. Digital duplicate arrangement reflects physical arrangement: pages are arranged in volume-order. Where there are more than 2 blank pages in a row, only the first and last have been digitized.
|Diary||1716||RBR M42.3 DI|
|This portion of Cotton Mather's diary contains entries starting in February of 1715/1716 (OS/NS) and ends December 1716. Please note: Mather uses dual Julian/Gregorian calendar dating in portions of this diary.|
|"Directions for a SON going to the Colledge"||circa 1718-1719||RBR M42.3 DIR|
|Mather's "Directions", most likely written after a diary entry dated July 1718 but before his son Samuel (1706-1785) entered Harvard in 1719, contains 7 points of advice on how Samuel should conduct himself while at school.|
|List of Marriages||1717||RBR42.3 DIR|
|This single-page document contains a list of marriages performed in 1717 by Cotton Mather.|