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An American Journey of Hope by Donald Johnstone Peck


Perth Amboy – The Capital And Port City on Raritan Bay



An American Journey of Hope is a rousing and vivid chronicle of how the colonial society of Perth Amboy, New Jersey, unique because of its Old World connections with heredity, aristocracy, feudal land systems, an established church, omnipotent governments and slavery, redefined itself as a center of political and religious forces that held forth the promise of plenty and a way of life that emphasized freedom and opportunity for all.

The original vision of the twenty-four Proprietors of East Jersey in the seventeenth century was to establish a colony for persecuted Scottish Quakers. Their plan was to help those who were oppressed and suffering, and to rescue prisoners and exiles by offering them a place to live that embraced religious toleration. In this way Perth Amboy became the port of entry for both the Quaker and Calvinist Non-conformist Presbyterian Covenanters who would subsequently establish the Presbyterian Church in America. The author details the events that accompanied these changes, and continues with a precise chronology of the incidents in the city that led up to the American Revolution.

As the narrative continues to unfold, An American Journey of Hope becomes the story of the conflict between a stronghold of prominent Loyalists and their engagement with many of America’s leading patriots in the struggle for American religious and political independence. The story of Perth Amboy provides a unique lens through which to observe the upheaval that overturned the old order.


An American Journal of Hope is a timely and thorough story written with intelligence, care and warmth.”

- Helen G. Brudner, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Fairleigh Dickinson University

“Donald Johnstone Peck is a history enthusiast and a direct descendant of the founders of Perth Amboy. He has brought these two interests together in a book about the history of the city in the years 1683-1790. Peck connects Perth Amboy to larger events taking place in America and the world. Readers will come away with a new appreciation for rich heritage of the Bay City.”

- Marc Mappen, Retired Executive Director of the New Jersey Historical Commission and author of several books, including Jerseyana and There's More to New Jersey than the Sopranos


Format: 6" x 9" hardcover on acid-free coated [slightly shiny] paper, printed in the United States
Pages 160, including Acknowledgments, Preface, Foreword, text, bibliography, index, About the Author, About the Illustrator
Illustrations: 17, all of which are original artwork by Francis J. McGinley.
ISBN 10: 1-9399950-0-0
ISBN 13: 978-1-939995-02-5
LCCN: 2013951763
Price: $26.95 (Bulk order rates are available upon request)

About the Author

Donald J. Peck, author of "An American Journey of Hope"

DONALD J. PECK is a long-term preservationist associated with restoring the Montrose School House, Colts Neck, and the Proprietary House, Perth Amboy. Most recently he has been active in the restoration of the buildings, gardens and grounds at Old Stone Cottage, the site of the historic Cutter Farm in Fords, New Jersey. He is the author of many historical articles and monographs and the book George Washington and the Ghosts of the Revolution in Central New Jersey.

About the Artist/Illustrator

Francis J. McGinley, illustrator for "An American Journey of Hope"

FRANCIS J. McGINLEY has enjoyed painting for many years, from the time when he won his first art award at the age of thirteen. His paintings for the U.S. Air Force are displayed at the Pentagon, West Point, McGuire Air Force Base and the British War Museum. He has received numerous other art awards, participated in many individual art shows, and served as a judge for several exhibitions. As an illustrator for An American Journey of Hope, he utilized his talents for interpreting a seventeenth and eighteenth century narrative with images not otherwise available.


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