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Cotton Mather

Through a Glass, Darkly

For the past two years, I have been mulling over a question posed on this blog:  what is the historian’s obligation to the dead? Last summer, I began writing my way toward an answer.   Below is one of the main sections of that (still unfinished) draft, given here without revision, yet without apology. My working title for this entire project is “The Pastoral Work of Secular Historians,” which is also an umbrella title for a series of posts I began here and still need to finish.  However, where I expect to finish that series of posts is pretty much where Read more