Bibliographical
Note
T
HE following note is intended as a guide to the literature
of the Antinomian Controversy that falls outside this col-
lection. The literature breaks down into two groups: primary, the
materials that could be considered documents (in the broadest
sense) of the Controversy, and secondary, the historiography of
New England Puritanism.
Primary
OF the documents that have been omitted from this collection,
the most significant is John Winthrop, History of New England.
The History is available in various editions, the best being the one
edited by James Savage (Boston, 1853). The Winthrop Papers,
volumes 3 and 4 (Boston, 1943-44), contain many items of im-
portance, ranging from personal letters to formal arguments
about theology. Especially interesting in view of the problem of
assurance is John Winthrop's "Relation of his Religious Expe-
rience," written in January, 1637. Winthrop and Henry Vane
argued the validity of the General Court order controlling fur-
ther emigration to the colony in a series of essays that were first
printed in Thomas Hutchinson, ed., A Collection of Original
Papers Relative to the History of the Colony of Massachusetts-
Bay (Boston, 1769). The Records of the Governor and Company
of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, ed. N. B. Shurtleff,
volume 1 (Boston, 1853) provide further information on the role
of the General Court in the Controversy. Finally, John Wheel-
wright wrote a rebuttal to the Short Story entitled Mercurius
Americanus, or, Mr. Welds his Antitype (London, 1645). It has
been reprinted in John Wheelwright, His Writings, ed. Charles
Bell (Boston, 1876).
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