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JOSSELYN, John, traveller, born in England early in the 17th century. He was the son of Sir Thomas Josselyn, of Kent. He sailed for New England on 26 April, arriving in Boston on 2 July, 1638, and "presented his respects to Mr. Winthrop, the governor, and to Mr. Cotton, the teacher of Boston church, to whom he delivered from Mr. Francis Quarles, the poet, the translation of several Psalms into English meter." He returned to England in October, 1639, and made a second voyage on 23 May, 1663, to New England, where he spent eight years. On his return in December, 1671, he published a book entitled "New England's Rarities Discovered in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, and Plants of that Country, etc.," with a picture of Boston in 1663 (London, 1672). This was reprinted, with notes, by Edward Tuckerman (Boston, 1865). Josselyn was also the author of "An Account of Two Voyages to New England, etc." (1674) and "A Chronological Table of the most Remarkable Passages from the First Discovery of the Continent of America to 1673," which was appended to the former work. Both of these were reprinted (Boston, 1865).--His brother, Henry, was active and influential in the affairs of Maine, arriving in Piscataqua in 1634. From 1636 till 1640 he was a member of the Maine government, in 1643 he succeeded to the Cammoek patent at Black Point, Maine, and in 1645 became deputy governor. He was appointed a commissioner for the administration of the government in 1665.
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