The Complete Writings of Roger Williams, Volume 6

The Complete Writings of Roger Williams, Volume 6


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Ten years after the U. S. Civil War, a group of men in Rhode Island made a conserted effort to rescue the widely scattered writings of Roger Williams. Few sets were printed though, and under the guidance of Perry Miller, The Complete Writings of Roger Williams were brought back in 1963, but still in short numbers. The present collection now makes these volumes available to readers in their original orthography.
The theme of religious liberty is dominant in these volumes, running through Williams's correspondence with John Cotton and on through his famous pair of works on The Bloudy Tenent of Persecution. All of the extant shorter writings and letters of Roger Williams are included in this set, along with two significant works resulting from his engagement with Native Americans: his seminal Key into the Language of America and Christenings Make Not Christians.



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“Wereas Mr. Roger Williams, one of te elders of te curc of Salem, at broaced and divulged divers new and dangerous opinions against te autority of magistrates, as also writ letters of defamation, bot of te magistrates and curces ere, and tat before any conviction, and yet maintainet te same witout retraction, it is terefor ordered, tat te said Mr. Williams sall depart out of tis jurisdiction witin six weeks now next ensuing, not to return anymore witout license from te Court.”
Decree of BanisHment
“Roger Williams’s banisment is te point were religious and civil liberty became a vital and aggressive force in American life. His trial opened te floodgates of controversy and turned public opinion in New England from mere teological questions to problems of civil society. Unwittingly te magistrates and ministers by teir sentence of banis-ment gave te deat warrant to teir own teocracy by making possible te first civil experiment based on liberty of conscience—Providence Plantation.” —James Ernst
“Roger Williams was te most provocative figure trown upon te Massacusetts sores by te upeaval in England, te one original tinker amongst a number of capable social arcitects. He was te ‘first rebel against te divine curc-order establised in te wilderness.’ But e was very muc more tan tat; e was a rebel against all te stupidi-ties tat interposed a barrier betwixt men and te fellowsip of teir dreams.”
—Vernon L. Parrington
“As te panorama of Roger Williams’s life unrolls before us in its entirety, its slope and direction are constant. Wat was te ‘root of te matter’ wit tis man? He was a complex personality, plenteous in contradic-tion. Yet tere was in im also a great simplicity, a great selflessness. Personal ambition was almost totally lacking. Honors were dust. Money, time, possessions, influence, position were naugt. He saw wat e ad to do as a simple ting, and e did it simply, witout a tougt of te consequences to imself. “Peraps tere is te reason tat someow is individual life seems to lie outside and beyond all tat e did. here was someting in im more massive tan is record can catc, a sense of amplitude and of greatness, out of proportion to any listing of is services to a colony, to a cause, even to a great idea. His victory was by no means final, nor even acknowledged as a victory. he figt for freedom, by any definition, is never won. Nor will it ever be quite lost, as long as tere is suc a man to personify someting in te uman spirit tat perpetually renews te battle. Over and above te symbol tere was a uman being, gener-ous, warm-earted, magnetic; ‘a man lovely in is carriage,’ as Governor Winslow put it, ‘te sweetest soul I ever knew.’”
—Ola Winslow
Wipf and Stock Publishers 199 W 8th Ave, Suite 3 Eugene, OR 97401 The Complete Writings of Roger Williams By Williams, Roger ISBN 13: 978-1-55635-608-7 Publication date 2/21/2007 Previously published by Russell & Russell, Inc., 1963
T C W  R W In Seven Volumes
Eac Volume as a new Introduction to te Series by Edwin S. Gaustad
V I Introduction to te Life and Work of Roger Williams by Edwin S. Gaustad (2006) Biograpical Introduction by Reuben Aldridge Guild, A.M. Key into te Language of America Edited byJames Hammond Trumbull, A.M. Letter of Mr. Jon Cotton Mr. Cotton’ Letter Examined and Answered Edited byReuben Aldridge Guild, A.M. V II Jon Cotton’ Answer to Roger Williams Queries of Higest Consideration Edited byReuben Aldridge Guild, A.M. V III Bloudy Tenent of Persecution Edited bySamuel L. Caldwell V IV he Bloody Tenent Yet More Bloody Edited bySamuel L. Caldwell V V George Fox Digg’d out of His Burrowes Edited byRev. J. Lewis Diman V VI he Letters of Roger Williams Edited byJon Russell Bartlett
V VII Publiser’s Foreword Roger Williams: An Essay in Interpretation by Perry Miller Cristenings Make Not Cristians Experiments of Spiritual Life and Healt he Fourt Paper Presented by Major Butler he Hireling Ministry None of Crists he Examiner—Defended in a Fair and Sober Answer
Introduction to te Series
Sortly after te U.S. Civil War, a group of men in Providence, Rode Island, calling temselves te Narragansett Club, determined to rescue te widely scattered literary remains of Roger Williams.he appy result of teir efforts was te publication in six volumes (1866–1870) of te writings of Roger Williams. hese gentlemen made no effort to present a modern text, but maintained te original ortograpy and Williams’s extravagant use of italic and parenteses. Fewer tan two undred cop-ies of tis set were publised. By te second alf of te twentiet century, tese volumes were long out of print. Any volumes tat appened to turn up were, moreover, proibitively expensive. Under te stimulus of Harvard’s Professor Perry Miller, te decision was made to reprint tese six volumes, along wit a sevent tat would include new material or items tat te Narragansett Club cose not to reprint. Volume VII begins wit an interpretive essay by Professor Miller wo also provided invaluable introductions to eac item in tis new tome. he publising ouse of Russell & Russell in 1963 publised four undred sets of tis edition, entitledhe Complete Writings of Roger Williams. Now, in te early years of te twenty-first century tis edition is likewise exausted. he firm of Wipf & Stock, recognizing te need to keep Williams in print, as fortunately filled tis vacuum. On a separate page in eac book, one will find a listing of te contents of eac of te seven volumes, and in Volume I a new introduction to te life and works of Roger Williams as been provided.
Edwin S. Gausted