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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 701

Ball, Nathan. Notebooks,

Two notebooks of theological writings by Nathan Ball.


  • 1828-1868.


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1 collection (Two notebooks)

This collection consists of two volumes of Ball's writings, from 1828 to 1831. The first notebook contains a series of 21 short religious dissertations on a variety of theological subjects. This section ends with the notation "So much for this Book. Amen. Amen. Watertown, Oct. 8, 1828." The last two pages of the notebook contain a list of living and travel expenses for 1828-1829. The second volume appears to be the beginning of a running commentary of critical notes on the New Testament, with only Matthew 1-18 having been addressed (chapters 7-8 were not completed). It also contains a list of expenses and receipts for 1829-1831, including tuition paid to Ball by both students and the town of Sherburne. There is a considerable amount of writing in this book dating from after Ball's death, and it is not clear who entered it. It includes a number of poems written out in different hands, an obituary poem for Ball and one for a 16 year old named Henry Hatch; diary entries from the late 1860s; and history and astronomy notes.

Biographical / Historical

Nathan Ball (1800-1831) was born in Warwick, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1926. He then became a teacher in Sherburne, Massachusetts (possibly in 1828), overseeing the education of young men and women in the town. 

Acquisition Information

Collection purchased for Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia, PA, 2009.

General note

The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

Processing Information

Processed by Christopher Hoffmann, 2010.
Link to catalog
Ball, Nathan. Notebooks, 1828-1868: 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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