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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 597

Thayer, Nathaniel, 1769-1840. Papers, 1798-1844.

Papers of Congregational minister Nathaniel Thayer, consisting of correspondence. The papers span 1798-1844.


  • 1798-1844.


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0.35 cubic feet (1 boxes)

Collection consists of twenty-five letters, which are addressed to various members of the Thayer family and their friends and associates. Topics include condolences expressed upon the death of family members, letters seeking Thayer's advice about personal family issues, and other domestic issues.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Thayer (July 11, 1769-June 23, 1840) was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the son of Rev. Ebenezer Thayer. Nathaniel Thayer's maternal grandfather was the Rev. John Cotton of Newton, MA (b. 1694). Thayer graduated from Harvard College in 1789, and was also a tutor at Harvard from 1792-1793. He married Sarah Toppan on October 22, 1795, and the couple had eight children. Thayer was ordained junior pastor of the church (a Congregational meeting house) in Lancaster, MA on October 9, 1793, and served as minister in Lancaster for forty-seven years.

Acquisition Information

Letters were purchased from Natalie Kassman, April 2003.
Thayer, Nathaniel, 1769-1840. Papers, 1798-1844: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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