|Title||The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson|
|Publisher Location||Lancaster, MA|
According to http://www.thetrustees.org/pages/358_redemption_rock.cfm, access on 7/27/2009, "The granite ledge known as Redemption Rock is the site of the famous release from captivity of Mary White Rowlandson. On its perpendicular face is inscribed: "Upon this rock May 2nd 1676 was made the agreement for the ransom of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson of Lancaster between the Indians and John Hoar of Concord. King Philip was with the Indians but refused his consent."
Mary White Rowlandson (1637-1711) told her own story in 'The Narrative of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson,' which first appeared in public in 1679, three years after her capture and release. It would become a 17th-century bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic with 15 editions published before 1800. According to Neal Salisbury, who re-published Mary's narrative in 1997 as 'The Sovereignty and Goodness of God,' in 1653, Lancaster was a frontier town in the 'wild, wild west' of Massachusetts. The Rock southeast of Wachusett Lake was a point of contact between two civilizations."