An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences: Wherein an Account is given of many remarkable and very Memorable Events which have hapned this last Age; Especially in NEW-ENGLAND is one of Increase Mather's most wide-ranging works covering events and topics of historical, theological, linguistic and literary interest to modern scholars.
The Essay was designed “for Gods Glory, and the good of Posterity” (preface), and records such diverse events as shipwrecks and sea-deliverances, remarkable recoveries after injury, lightening strikes, the story of a deaf woman who could prove her understanding of religion through signed communication and was a full member of her church, remarkable judgements, and …
Macready, Susannah Jane. "An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 January 2008
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