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A Visitor From The Bay

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This chapter contains the only sermon by Thomas Cheever of Malden, Massachusetts. In this sermon from Thomas Cheever of Malden, Massachusetts, the main theme is regeneration, which Cheever defines. He also discusses the role of the ministry. In the wake of Boston's Reforming Synods, New England's ministers, lead by Increase Mather, were attempting to reestablish their dominance over the spiritual declension populace. Foster and Cheever were classmates at Harvard, so he may have simply been visiting as a friend. Alternatively, perhaps he was sent by the powerful ministers of the Bay Colony, especially Mather, who was probably curious about the state of church politics in the Connecticut River Valley.

Keywords: bay colony; Foster; Thomas Cheever



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