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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 735

Townsend, Jonathan, 1721-1776. Sermon, October 22, 1752.

This handwritten twenty-two page sermon is based on the Gospel of Luke 10:41-42.


  • October 22, 1752
  • 1741
  • 1745
  • 1760
  • 1769
  • 1776
  • October 22, 1752.


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This unsigned, autograph manuscript sermon is twenty-two pages long and was composed on October 22, 1752. It is based on the Gospel of Luke 10:41-42. The end of the sermon notes several places and dates where it was delivered.

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Townsend, 1721-1776, was born in Needham, Massachusetts to Mary Sugars and Jonathan Townsend. He graduated from Harvard in 1741, and was ordained in 1745. That same year, he was installed at the church in Medfield, Massachusetts. He was chaplain in Colonel Bagley’s regiment at Louisburg in 1760. He resigned from his pastorate in 1769, and he died from smallpox in 1776 in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This sermon was donated by the Universalist Historical Society in 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2014.
Link to catalog
Townsend, Jonathan, 1721-1776. Sermon, 1752: 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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