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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 710

Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707. Sermons, 1691-1692.

Handwritten sermons by Samuel Willard, dating from 1691 to 1692.

Dates

  • 1691-1692.
  • 1678-1707
  • 1664
  • 1701

Access

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Extent

1 collection (1 box (1 volume))

This collection consists of one bound volume of handwritten sermons, dating from 1691 to 1692. Willard was known for his fiery devotion to the Puritan church, and the sermons reflect this devotion. There are no obvious references to the Salem witchcraft trials in these sermons.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Willard (January 31, 1640-September 12, 1707) was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1659, and was ordained a Puritan minister in Groton, Massachusetts in 1664, where he served as pastor until 1676. He was pastor of the Third Church in Boston from 1678-1707. In 1664 he married Abigail Sherman of Watertown, Massachusetts. Willard strenuously opposed the Salem witchcraft trials, and tried to influence public opinion against them. He served as acting president of Harvard from 1701, and he published many sermons; a folio volume entitled A Compleat Body of Divinity was published posthumously in 1726.
Title
Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707. Sermons, 1691-1692: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00710

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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