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Samuel Sewall



Samuel Sewall

History of Samuel Sewall

Samuel Sewall

Samuel Sewall
Perspectives in American Literature

Samuel Sewall
Columbia Encyclopedia (6th ed., 2001)

Samuel Sewall
Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography
(New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1887-1889)(James Grant Wilson & John Fiske eds.)(6 vols.)

Samuel Sewall Page

Samuel Sewall Speaks Out

Samuel Sewall: Teaching Guide

Judge Samuel Sewall

The Diary and Life of Samuel Sewall

Early American and Colonial Literature

How Judge Sewall Courted Madam Winthrop

"Samuel Sewall"
a poem by Anthony Hecht

Salem Witchcraft Trials

burning of a supposed witch

John Gilmary Shea, The Story of a Great Nation
(New York: Gay Brothers & Company, 1886)

[Used with permission of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology]


Samuel Sewall, Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729 (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1878-1882)(3 vols.)(Vols. 5-7, series 5 of the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society) [vol 1.]

[(New York: Arno Press, 1972)(1878)(3 vols.)(Reprint of the 1878-82 edition published by the Massachusetts Historical Society]

Mark Van Doren (ed.), Samuel Sewall's Diary ([New York]: Macy-Masius, 1927)(New York: Russell and Russell, 1963)

M. Halsey Thomas (ed.), Diary of Samuel Sewall, 1674-1729 (New York: Farrar, Strauss, & Giroux, 1973)

Harvey Wish (ed.), The Diary of Samuel Sewall (New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1967)(New York: Capricorn Books, 1967)

Mel Yazawa (ed.), The Diary and Life of Samuel Sewall (Boston: Bedford Books, 1998)


Samuel Sewall, Phænomena quædam apocalyptica ad aspectum novi orbis configurata, or, Some few lines towards a description of the new heaven as it makes to those who stand upon the new earth (Boston: Printed by Bartholomew Green, and John Allen: and are to be sold by Richard Wilkins, 1697)

___________, The Selling of Joseph (1700) [online text] [online text] [historical note]

[Samuel Hopkins & Samuel Sewall, A dialogue concerning the slavery of the Africans (New York: Arno Press, 1970)(Title on spine: Slavery of Africans & Selling of Joseph. Hopkins' work is a reprint of the 1785 edition while The Selling of Joseph by Samuel Sewall, is a new edition, retaining the original spelling and punctuation)]

[Samuel Sewall, The selling of Joseph: a memorial ( [Northhampton, Massachusetts]: Gehenna Press, 1969)(1968)]

___________, Proposals touching the accomplishment of prophesies humbly offered (Boston: Printed by B. Green, 1713)

___________, Letter-book of Samuel Sewall (Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1886-1888)


N. H. Chamberlain, Samuel Sewall and the World He Lived In (Boston, 1898)(1897) [online text]

Judith S. Graham, Puritan Family Life: The Diary of Samuel Sewall (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2000)

Theodore B. Strandness, Samuel Sewall: A Puritan Portrait (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1967)

Nina Moore Tiffany, Samuel E. Sewall: A Memoir (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1898) [online text]

Ola Elizabeth Winslow, Samuel Sewall of Boston (New York: Macmillan, 1964)

Bibliography: Articles

David D. Hall, The Mental World of Samuel Sewall, Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society (Ithaca, New York, 1980)

Mary Adams Hilmer, The Other Diary of Samuel Sewall, 55 (3) New England Quarterly 354-365 (1982)

Lawrence W. Toner, The Sewall-Saffin Dialogue on Slavery, 21 (1) William and Mary Quarterly 40 (1964) [John Saffin, another early lawyer poet]

David S. Lovejoy, Between Hell and Plum Island: Samuel Sewall and the Legacy of the Witches, 70 (3) New England Quarterly 355-367 (1997)

Lawrence Rosenwald, Sewall's Diary and the Margins of Puritan Literature, 58 (3) American Literature 325-341 (1986)

Research Resources

Robie-Sewall Family Papers
Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, Massachusetts