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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 726

Shaw, Oakes, 1736-1807. Sermons, 1764-1803.

This collection consists of three handwritten sermons by Oakes Shaw.


  • 1764-1803


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This collection consists of three handwritten sermons by Oakes Shaw. The first sermon, written in 1764, is based on Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The second sermon, written in 1791, is based on the 101st psalm: I will set no wicked thing before my eyes, I hate the work of them that turn aside, it shall not cleave to me, a froward heart shall depart from me, I will not know a wicked person. The third sermon was written in 1803, and it is based on John 5:40: And ye will not come to me that ye might have life.

Biographical / Historical

Oakes Shaw (1736-1807), was born in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard University in 1758. He was ordained in 1760 and was the minister of the Congregational Church of the West Precinct of Barnstable, Massachusetts. He was the father of Lemuel Shaw, an American jurist who served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (1830–1860).

Acquisition Information

Sermons written in 1764 and 1791 were donated by Mrs. John Adams Aiken. The sermon written in 1803 was donated by H. B. Thomas, husband of the great-grand daughter of Oakes Shaw.

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2014.
Link to catalog
Shaw, Oakes, 1736-1807. Sermons, 1764-1803: 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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