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Building a New Jerusalem$
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Francis J. Bremer

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780300179132

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300179132.001.0001

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Beyond New Haven

Beyond New Haven

(p.237) Chapter 16 Beyond New Haven
Building a New Jerusalem

Francis J. Bremer

Yale University Press

This chapter outlines how John Davenport regularly addressed his congregation on the meaning of English events, placing them in a millennial framework. Some of these may have been the sermons he wrote about to Cotton. Some New Englanders did return home to assist more directly in the struggle to transform England. The connections that Davenport and other New Havenites maintained with old friends who had never left England and with colonial associates who had returned home helped the colonists to sift fact from rumor in the reports of the struggle going on in their native land. New Haven's efforts to carve out a settlement on the Delaware were viewed by some as a commentary on the economic failure of New Haven itself. Indeed, many of the friends of New England abroad recognized the hardships faced by colonists throughout the region.

Keywords:   John Davenport, New England, colonists, economic failure, New Haven

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