New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 8
John Dane's Narrative, 1682.
A small volume in the handwriting of John Dane, of Ipswich.... The book contains 132 leaves, is 34 inches wide, and 6 inches long, and is bound in parchment, with a lappet On the inside of the cover is written in a large hand:
Philemon Warner, Junr,, his Book, given him by his grandmother Warner, Janry 20th 1741:
On the first leaf is the following memorandum:
This John Dane was from England, Doct Phillemon Dane's father, of Ipswich. I remember ye Doct. 60 or 70 years agoe, pr Phile. Warner, 1770.
...The volume contains two narratives, one in rhyme and the other in prose, and some religious meditations and advice to the author's children, in rhyme. It also contains minutes of sermons by Mr. Dennison, Mr. Hubbard, and Mr.. Gerrish, in the handwriting of one who signs himself John Dane, probably the son of the first owner. There is also some short hand. The prose narrative. . .contains all the facts found in the rhymed one, with additional particulars.
It will be seen that it is deficient in dates. But it gives the places of residence of the family in England, besides other important facts and interesting descriptions. It is otherwise valuable in giving us an insight into the character and sentiments of persons in Mr. Dane's condition in life, in his day.
The writer of the narrative, it seems, came to New England before his parents. He appears to have arrived here in the spring or early part of the summer, but in what year is not known, and after a short stay at Roxbury, to have settled in Ipswich. Mr. Felt finds him at Ipswich in 1638. His father had a house lot granted to him there, "entered 9th 2mo. 1639."
Sarah Dane, dau. of the narrator, m. 23 Sept. 1668, Daniel Warner, and was probably the "grandmother Warner" mentioned above.
Her son, Philemon Warner, b. 2 Feb., 1675, m. 27 April, 1696, Abigail Tuttle, and had Philemon jr. b. 17 Jan., 1697, who
might well remember his great uncle the Doctor, who was living in 1716.
Mr. Dane in his will says:
My will is that my sons John and Philemon have my books and manuscripts, and that Philemon divide them, and John chuse.
I suppose, from appearances, that this book fell to the share of John, who may afterwards have given it to his sister Sarah Warner.