J. G. E. Hopkins, a man who loved to delve into America’s past and a collector of rare Americana, lived in Larchmont, New York with his wife and four children at the time of writing Black Robe Peacemaker—in the late 1950s. From that vantage point he conducted his activities; in New York City he edited the historical research division of Charles Scribner’s Sons and made contributions to a notable series of volumes on American history. Meanwhile, another facet of Mr. Hopkins’ personality was that of a poet; he helped start and then served as vice president of the Catholic Poetry Society of America and as associate editor of its magazine, Spirit.
Among Mr. Hopkins’ published works is another biography for young people, Colonial Governor: Thomas Dongan of New York. The life of this governor, appointed in the late 17th century by King James II of England, portrays a fascinating, not-so-well-known colonial Catholic man and the equally fascinating early New York City of his day. Also, as an editor of fiction, Hopkins was responsible for such works as The Scribner Treasury: 22 Classic Tales.