Saturday, July 11, 2009

The Continuators Continued (Part 3)

This is a part of a series on the continuators of certain Puritan works.

Remarkable Providences

In 1657-58, Matthew Poole initiated a Design for the Recording of illustrious Providences. This was a project to take not of the providential workings of God in the lives of the saints and among nations as well. It had the support of Richard Baxter and other ministers. But the tumultuous events of the Restoration era prevented it from going forward. In 1670, Poole's notes came into the hands (via John Davenport) of Increase Mather, who published in 1684 his Remarkable Providences, An Essay For the Recording of Illustrious Providences. In 1697, the work inspired by Matthew Poole, Increase Mather, and also Philip Henry, was carried forward again by the publication of William Turner's (1653-1701; he was a tutor of Matthew Henry) A Compleat History of the Most Remarkable Providences, published by John Dunston, who worked with both Mather and Turner.

D’Aubigné's History of the Reformation

J.H. Merle D’Aubigné died after completing the five-volume set History of the Reformation of the Sixteenth Century and began work on another series, which was a continuation of the former: History of the Reformation in Europe During the Time of Calvin. He lived to complete 5 volumes of the latter series, but the last three were completed by his editor and son-in-law, Adolphe Duchemin, following D’Aubigné's notes.

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