Moses Coit Tyler (essay date 1878)
SOURCE: "Virginia: Its Literature During the Remainder of the First Period," in A History of American Literature, Vol. I, 1878. Reprint by G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1881, pp. 60-92.
[In the following excerpt, first published in 1878, Tyler praises Mather for his simple, straightforward literary style.]
… Of the six sons of Richard Mather, four became famous preachers, two of them in Ireland and in England, other two in New England; the greatest of them all being the youngest, born at Dorchester, June twenty-first, 1639, and at his birth adorned with the name of Increase, in grateful recognition of "the increase of every sort, wherewith God favored the country about the...
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