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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 1

Church in Brattle Square (Boston, Mass.) Records, 1855-1884

Parsonage book, 1855-1884, and receipts and financial notes, 1864.


  • 1855-1884

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0.35 cubic feet

Parsonage book, 1855-1884, and receipts and financial notes, 1864. Vital records of this church were published by the Benevolent Fraternity of Churches in 1902 under the title: The Manifesto Church : Records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with Lists of Communicants, Baptisms, Marriages and Funerals, 1699-1872.

Biographical / Historical

The Brattle Street Church (also known as the Church in Brattle Square ) was gathered as the fourth church in Boston on Dec. 12, 1698. Because of its publication in 1699 of a platform of practice differing from that of the other Puritan churches, it was called " The Manifesto Church ." It became Unitarian under J.S. Buckminster. It became extinct in 1876.

Ministers: Benjamin Colman (1699-1747); William Cooper (1716-1743); Samuel Cooper (1746-1748); Peter Thacher (1785-1802); Joseph S. Buckminster (1805-1812); Edward Everett (1814-1815); John Gorham Palfrey (1813-1831); Samuel K. Lothrop (1834-1876).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association

Processing Information

Processed by Douglas Stange, 1966
Link to catalog
Church in Brattle Square (Boston, Mass.) Records (bMS 1): Register
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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