Michael Wigglesworth. Claire Galbraith. Biography. Born in Yorkshire, England on Oct. 18 1631 Moved to America at the age of seven (New Haven) Went to Harvard- graduated in 1651 but remained a tutor for 3 years. Moved to Malden, MA
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Born in Yorkshire, England on Oct. 18 1631
Moved to America at the age of seven (New Haven)
Went to Harvard- graduated in 1651 but remained a tutor for 3 years.
Moved to Malden, MA
In 1663, he lived in Bermuda for 7 months to study medicine.
Married 3 times and had 8 children.
He was a frail, sick man most of his life so he had a lot of leisure time– began writing.
Most famous writing The Day of Doom
Second famous writing was Meat Out of the Eater.
Published in 1662- becomes America’s first best seller.
Inspired by a dream that Wigglesworth had that God was seated on his throne on the dreadful Day ofJudgement.
The Bible is the only source of reference.
Had medical problems all his life which limited his preaching as a minister.
Cotton Mather is said to have called him “a little feeble shadow of a man.”-describing his health
Died on June 10, 1705 in Malden, MA
“His pen did once Meat from the Eater take
And now he’s gone beyond the Eater’s reach.
His body once so thin was next to none
From hence he’s to unbodied spirits flown.
Once his rare skill did all diseases heal
And he doth nothing now uneasy feel.
He to his paradise is joyful come
And waits with joy to see his Day of Doom.”
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