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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 737

Noble, Seth, 1743-1807. Sermon, 1774.

This signed, autograph manuscript sermon, based on Hosea 11:8, is twenty-four pages long and was first delivered by Seth Noble in Maugerville, New Brunswick, Canada in 1774. It contains notations of when and where it was subsequently delivered in several places in New England.

Dates

  • 1774
  • 1774
  • 1784
  • June 7, 1786
  • 1806
  • 1807

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1 boxes

This signed, autograph manuscript sermon, based on Hosea 11:8, is twenty-four pages long and was first delivered by Seth Noble in Maugerville, New Brunswick, Canada in 1774. It contains notations of when and where it was subsequently delivered in several places in New England.

Biographical / Historical

Seth Noble (1743-1807), was born in Westfield, Massachusetts and experienced a call to preach, but lacked the formal education to obtain a settled position in the established New England colonies. Having joined the church at Westfield in 1770 and desiring to become a clergyman, he drifted toward New England’s northern frontier, and settled in Maugerville, New Brunswick on the Saint John River in 1774. He was called by the community there as minister in that same year. In November 1775 Noble married Hannah, daughter of Joseph Barker of Maugerville, and the couple moved into their new residence, built at the same time as the meeting-house, early in 1776. The American rebellion was erupting, and in the spring of 1777 the government of Nova Scotia enforced an oath of allegiance to the crown upon the Saint John River settlers. Seth Noble left Maugerville as he had no intention of living under a British constitution. Enlisted as a private in the American forces on May 7, 1777, Parson Noble assisted John Allan with intelligence work on the expedition to the Saint John that year, returning to Machias in August. He was there during the British attack that month and preached a sermon “on the late event.” He left Maugerville, and spent the remainder of the war preaching with “full employ and good wages” at Woburn, Massachusetts. When in 1784 Noble attempted through correspondence to restore his relations with Maugerville and collect his back salary, the church’s leaders wrote him an angry letter, particularly incensed that their pastor should insist that they had left him by remaining in “immoral” Nova Scotia. Returning northwards in the mid-1780s, when he received land in what became Eddy Township (Maine), Noble ministered occasionally on the Penobscot River and ultimately became settled preacher at Kenduskeag Plantation (Bangor, Maine) on June 7, 1786. He later migrated west – first to Montgomery, Massachusetts in 1801 and then to Franklinton, in the Ohio country, in 1806. He died in Franklinton in 1807.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society, 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Fran O'Donnell, 2014.
Link to catalog
Title
Noble, Seth, 1743-1807. Sermon, 1774: A Finding Aid.
Author
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
EAD ID
div00737

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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