Copp’s Hill Burying Ground

Later on Tuesday afternoon, our PRTS tour group visited Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, which was laid out in 1659 and named after shoemaker and early settler William Copp. Here I gave an address on Cotton Mather, New England’s most prolific author (he wrote 469 books and died at 65!), as we stood around his grave (picture: with Dr. Michael Haykin at the Mather family crypt). His father Increase was buried here as well. After I spoke a young man broke through our group and said some mean-spirited words to me about Cotton Mather, and then stormed off. Despite this interruption, it was wonderful to be here and meditate on what God accomplished through the gifted Mather family that produced several influential Puritan ministers for several generations. We then checked in at our hotel, enjoyed a delicious dinner together, over which each of our forty travelers introduced themselves to the entire group. That was special indeed!

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