The Puritan and His Daughter
by James Kirke Paulding (9780217283991)

The Puritan and His Daughter
James Kirke Paulding
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 112
Category: Literary
ISBN: 9780217283991
ISBN-10: 0217283993

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III. A Short Foray into the Domain of History?Harold in great Jeopardy?Interposition of Providence in the Disguise of Old Gilbert Taverner?Justice Shorthosg and his Officials Abscond?A Secret concerning Susan Bancswright?Harold in great Perplexity, from which He is at length Relieved by the Interposition of Dan Cupid ?He Becomes not only a Boundhead, but a Republican, and Abjures Passive Obedience and Non-Resistance for ever. It is not our intention to enter into a history of the times, any further than as the course of public events exercised an influence over the fortunes of those who figure in this narrative. If we may be permitted to speak in our own behalf, we would, with all due deference to the public taste, insinuate an opinion, that the jumbling together historical facts and fictitious occurrences in one inextricable tissue, cannot but operate to the great prejudice of truth, by confounding those readers, at least, who are not sufficiently qualified to separate the actual from the imaginary occurrences. And this is still more likely to embarrass the reader, when the author is sufficiently familiar with past events to preserve the semblance of history by avoiding all anachronisms; by selecting for his actors persons who really figured at the time; exhibiting afew of their leading characteristics, and being so correct in many particulars that when he deviates into fiction the reader is scarcely aware that he has got on the ice, and is no longer walking on solid ground. It is unhappily too true, that history is, for the most part, but a reflection of the feelings and prejudices of the writer, and therefore cannot be explicitly relied upon as a faithful picture of past times or occurrences. In its earliest stage it is a fable; in its progress a romance?founded o...

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