The Diary of John Comer is the 13th section of Anthology of RI

The Diary of John Comer is the 13th section of Anthology of RI

30th Sep 2020

The next section in An Anthology of the Early Baptists in Rhode Island is The Diary of John Comer (1704-1734). Here is an excerpt from the introduction by James Willmarth (1892):

"His Diary, covering the greater part of his life, is of an antique pattern. He often jots down occurrences in the fewest possible words. . . .He reveals himself as a man of thought, of decision, and of piety; but his expressions often appear to us quaint; his reflections, always pervaded by a devout spirit, seem occasionally childlike, especially in the religious awe awakened by every unusual phenomenon or striking event. . . . Surely, we may learn something of wisdom and reverence from men like him."

The picture is of James W. Willmarth (1835-1911).