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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 731

Harris, Thaddeus Mason, 1768-1842. Sermon, April 14, 1799.

This sermon was preached by Rev. Harris in Dorchester, Massachusetts after the interment of Noah Clap, who died on April 10, 1799.


  • April 14, 1799
  • 1793
  • 1788
  • 1781
  • 1791
  • 1806
  • April 10, 1799
  • January 25, 1718
  • 1760


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This sermon was preached at Dorchester, Massachusetts after the interment of Noah Clap, who died on April 10, 1799 in Dorchester at the age of eighty-one. Noah Clap was born on January 25, 1718 in Dorchester. He was the son of Deacon Jonathan Clap and Sarah Capen. Noah Clap married Ann Clap in 1760, the daughter of Ebenezer Clap.

The sermon is 32 pages long, and the last page states that the sermon belongs to Lucy Clap, a gift from the author, Rev. T. M. Harris.

Biographical / Historical

Thaddeus Mason Harris (1768–1842) was a Harvard librarian, Unitarian minister and author in the early 19th Century. His most noted book was The Natural History of the Bible first published in Boston in 1793. Harris's father was killed fighting on the colonists side in the American Revolutionary War. Harris had been born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, but after his father's death he was sent to live on a farm in Stirling, Massachusetts. Harris went on to study at Harvard University from which he graduated in 1788. He then was a school teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts, before becoming the librarian of Harvard in 1781 and then being appointed the minister of the First Unitarian Church of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1791. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1806.

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Harris, Thaddeus Mason, 1768-1842. Sermon, April 14, 1799: A Finding Aid.
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