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History Of The United Netherlands 1584- Volume 38

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History Of The United Netherlands 1585 Volume 39

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History Of The United Netherlands 1585 Volume 41

History Of The United Netherlands 1585 Volume 42

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History Of The United Netherlands 1585- Volume 4

History Of The United Netherlands 1586 Volume 45

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History Of The United Netherlands 1588 Volume 59

History Of The United Netherlands 1590 Volume 61

History Of The United Netherlands 1590- Volume 63

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History Of The United Netherlands 1592 Volume 64

History Of The United Netherlands 1594 Volume 66

History Of The United Netherlands 1595 Volume 67

History Of The United Netherlands 1597 Volume 69

History Of The United Netherlands 1598 Volume 70

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History Of The United Netherlands 1600 Volume 73

History Of The United Netherlands 1600-09 V, 84

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History Of The United Netherlands 1604volume 77

History Of The United Netherlands 1607 Volume 79

History Of The United Netherlands 1607 Volume 80

History Of The United Netherlands 1608 Volume 81

History Of The United Netherlands 1608 Volume 82

History Of The United Netherlands 1609 Volume 83

History Of The World 1603-04 Volume 76

The History Of The Netherlands 1555-1623

The Life Of John Barneveld 1609-10 Volume 87

The Life Of John Barneveld 1609-15 Entire Volume 9

The Life Of John Barneveld 1610 Volume 88

The Life Of John Barneveld 1610-12 Volume 89

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The Life Of John Of Barneveld 1609-14 Volume 90

The Life Of John Of Barneveld 1613-15 Volume 91

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The Life Of John Of Barneveld 1614-17 Volume 93

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The Life Of John Of Barneveld 1618-19 Volume 96

The Life Of John Of Barneveld 1618-19 Volume 96

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1555 Volume 3

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1555 Volume 4

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1559-60 Volume 5

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1560-61 Volume 6

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1561-62 Volume 7

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1563-64 Volume 8

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1566 Volume 10

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1566 Volume 12

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1567 Volume 13

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1568 Volume 15

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1568 Volume 16

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1569-70 Volume 17

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1577-78 Volume 29

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1578 Volume 31

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1579-80 Volume 32

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1580-82 Volume 33

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic 1582-84 Volume 34

The Rise Of The Dutch Republic Entire 1555-66

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic Entire 1566-74

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The Rise Of The Dutch Republic Introduction

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John Lothrop Motley

John Lothrop Motley, between 1855-1865.
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John Lothrop Motley, between 1855-1865.

John Lothrop Motley (April 15, 1814 - May 29, 1877) was an American historian.

The son of Thomas Motley, he was born at Dorchester (now a neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts), attended Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1831. His boyhood was in Dedham, near the site of the present day Noble and Greenough School.[1] He then studied at Göttingen, where he became a friend of Otto von Bismarck, and afterwards at Humboldt University, Berlin. After a period of European travel he returned in 1834 to America, where he continued his legal studies.

In 1837 he married Mary Benjamin (died 1874), a sister of Park Benjamin, and in 1839 he published anonymously a novel entitled Morton's Hope, or the Memoirs of a Provincial. In 1841 he entered the diplomatic service as secretary of legation in St. Petersburg, Russia, but resigned his post within three months. Returning to America, he soon entered definitely upon a literary career. Besides contributing various historical and critical essays to the North American Review, including a remarkable essay on the Polity of the Puritans, he published in 1849, again anonymously, a second novel, entitled Merry Mount, a Romance of the Massachusetts Colony, based again on the odd history of Thomas Morton and Merrymount.

In about 1846 he had begun to plan a history of the Netherlands, in particular the period of the United Provinces, and he had already done a large amount of work on this subject when, finding the materials at his disposal in the United States inadequate, he went to Europe in 1851. The next five years were spent at Dresden, Brussels and the Hague in investigation of the archives, which resulted in 1856 in the publication of The Rise of the Dutch Republic, which became very popular. It speedily passed through many editions, was translated into French, and also into Dutch, German and Russian. In 1860 Motley published the first two volumes of its continuation, The United Netherlands. This work was on a larger scale, and embodied the results of a still greater amount of original research. It was brought down to the truce of 1609 by two additional volumes, published in 1867. In 1861, just after outbreak of the American Civil War, Motley wrote two letters to The Times defending the Federal position, and these letters, afterwards reprinted as a pamphlet entitled Causes of the Civil War in America, made a favourable impression on President Lincoln.

Partly owing to this essay, Motley was appointed United States minister to Austria in 1861, a position which he filled with great success until his resignation in 1867. Two years later he was sent to represent his country in London, but in November 1870 he was recalled by President Grant. After a short visit to the Netherlands, he again went to live in England, where the Life and Death of John Barneveld appeared in two volumes in 1874. Ill health now began to interfere with his literary work, and he died at Frampton Court, near Dorchester, Dorset, leaving three daughters. He was buried in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

Motley's merits as an historian are undeniably great. He told the story of a stirring period in the history of the world with full attention to the character of the actors and strict fidelity to the vivid details of the action, but his writing is best where most unvarnished, and probably no writer of his calibre has owed less to the mere sparkle of highly polished literary style.

An edition of his historical works was published in nine volumes in London in 1903-1904. See the Correspondence of John Lothrop Motley, edited by GW Curtis (New York, 1889); OW Holmes, John Lothrop Motley, a Memoir (Boston, 1878); and John Lothrop Motley and his Family: Further Letters and Records (1910), edited by his daughter, Mrs Susan St John Mildmay.

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopĉdia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain.

Selected works

  • Morton's Hope, or the Memoirs of a Provincial, 1839
  • Merry Mount, a Romance of the Massachusetts Colony, 1849
  • The Rise of the Dutch Republic, 3 vol., 1856
  • History of the United Netherlands, 4 vol., 1860–67
  • The Life and Death of John of Barneveld, 1874

References

  1. ^ (1919) Guide Book To New England Travel.
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., John Lothrop Motley: A Memoir, 1879
  • G. W. Curtis, ed., The Correspondence of John Lothrop Motley, 1889



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