The author of another book I was reading for research supported this biography of the Stuart Restoration King Charles II. He said it was the best biography of the king he had found. That convinced me.
Mr. Hutton was a lecturer in history at the University of Bristol at the time of publication (1989). It is ten years since the publication of a wonderful biography of Charles II by Lady Antonia Fraser. Hutton’s book is very different from Fraser’s though it gives him high credit for his work. The difference is that Hutton relies heavily on primary sources to tell a multi-character story.
Abbott graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820. At some point in his life, he is said to have added a second “t” to his surname, to avoid being “Jacob Abbot the 3rd” (although (the book says he wasn’t).actually started signing his name with two t’s until he many years later).
From 1825 to 1829 Abbott was a professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; Hampshire Society licensed to preach in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon school for young girls in Boston in 1829 and served as its principal from 1829 to 1833;
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