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Plymouth Rock and the Great Awakening

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 January 2009

Mark L. Sargent
Mark L. Sargent is Associate Professor in the Department of English, Biola University, La Mirada, California, USA 90639.


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5 The story of Cotton's attempt to move the rock was recorded in James Thacher's History of Plymouth (1832). See Thacher's second editon (Boston: Marsh, Capen & Lyon, 1835), 198–99. For a contemporary newspaper account of Coit's escapade, see Frank, Moore, ed., Diary of the American Revolution, 2 vols (New York: Charles Scribners, 1858), 1, 168.Google Scholar

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9 “Plymouth Church Records,” 294–95; Thacher, 284.

10 “Plymouth Church Records,” 186–87.

11 “Plymouth Church Records,” 295–96; Gomes, 95; Thacher, 284.

12 “Plymouth Church Records,” 230–33, 242–43.

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16 Thacher, 282–83.

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