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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 736

Ballantine, John, 1716-1776. Sermon,April 11, 1773.

This sixteen page, unsigned autograph manuscript sermon, composed by John Ballantine on April 11, 1773, is based on 1 John 3:15.


  • April 11, 1773
  • 1735
  • 1741
  • 1743
  • 1741
  • 1776.
  • April 11, 1773


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1 collection (1 box, 16 pages)

This sixteen page, unsigned autograph manuscript sermon, composed on April 11, 1773, is based on 1 John 3:15-“Whosoever hates his brother is a murderer and we know that no murderer hath Eternal Life abiding in Him.”

Biographical / Historical

John Ballantine, 1716-1776, was born in Boston into a prominent mercantile family that had long been associated with the Brattle Street Church. He was educated by Nathaniel Williams at the Boston Latin School, and graduated from Harvard in 1735. After his ordination in 1741, he was settled as the third minister of the Congregational Church in Westfield, Massachusetts. He married Mary ("Molly") Gay (1726-1794) of Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1743 and he served as Westfield's pastor from 1741 until his death in 1776.

Acquisition Information

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

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2014.
Link to catalog
Ballantine, John, 1716-1776. Sermon, April 11, 1773: 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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