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Original Documents Relating to Hawthorne and his Framework of Faith

Original Documents Relating to Hawthorne and his Framework of Faith

Document from Salem Witch Trials signed by John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin
Document with John Hathorne's signature
Nathaniel Hawthorne's ancestor, John Hathorne, was active in the persecution of accused witches.(courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)

\"A Modell of Christian Charity\" in The Winthrop Papers
Excerpt from "A Model of Christian Charity" by John Winthrop (courtesy of The Winthrop Society)
John Winthrop's famous address would have been readily available to Hawthorne. In this passage, Winthrop offers a divine justification for the stratification of society that recalls what Claudia Durst Johnson writes about Hawthorne's vision of social harmony.
\"A Modell of Christian Charity\" in The Winthrop Papers
Excerpt from "A Model of Christian Charity" by John Winthrop (courtesy of The Winthrop Society)
In this passage John Winthrop offers the idea that Love is the "bond of perfection," an idea that expresses the essential unity of all men, a unity that can and often is willfully violated. Hawthorne characters like Arthur Dimmesdale, Ethan Brand, Young Goodman Brown and others are examples of human beings who deny this unity with others due to an overwhelming sense of pride or a destructive concern with self. Winthrop, as the passage suggests, understood this as the sin of Adam, or original sin.
\"A Modell of Christian Charity\" in The Winthrop Papers
Excerpt from "A Model of Christian Charity" by John Winthrop (courtesy of The Winthrop Society)
In this famous passage Winthrop exhorts his listeners to follow with whole hearts the spirit of Christian love and unity for they are to be a shining example for the rest of mankind. It is useful to contemplate how difficult a task he assigns them. On the one hand they are to be humble because only in being so will they be exalted.

Full text of "A Model of Christian Charity"

Masthead from the <I>Salem Gazette</I> on December 7, 1830 Vol. XLIV--New Series Vol. III No. 98 featuring  biographical sketch, \"Mrs. Hutchinson,\"  by Hawthorne.
Masthead from the Salem Gazette on December 7, 1830 Vol. XLIV--New Series Vol. III No. 98 featuring biographical sketch, "Mrs. Hutchinson," by Hawthorne.
Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) was tried for her antinomian preaching that God's grace was the road to salvation; this was in conflict with the Puritan view that good works was the only path leading to salvation. (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
\"A Modell of Christian Charity\" in The Winthrop Papers
"A Modell of Christian Charity" in The Winthrop Papers
It is possible that Hawthorne read John Winthrop's famous address in a version that appeared very much like this one. 



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