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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 64

Ripley, Ezra, 1751-1841. Sermons, 1800-1838.


Sermons of Ezra Ripley, minister of the First Parish in Concord, Massachusetts. The papers cover 1800-1838.


  • Creation: 1800-1838.


5 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Ezra Ripley (1751-1841) graduated from Harvard College in 1776. In 1778 he was ordained to the First Parish of Concord, Massachusetts, a position he held for the rest of his lifetime. He founded the Concord Lyceum and the Temperance Society in Concord. In 1828 he preached in the Congregational Meetinghouse of Washington, D.C., before President John Quincy Adams, his cabinet, and numerous members of Congress. He interviewed veterans of the 1775 battle with the British at Concord, and these interviews were published as History of the Fight at Concord in 1827.


Organized into the following series:

  1. Series I. Sermons by Ezra Ripley
  2. Series II. Sermons by unknown composer

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1968.

Related Materials

For further material, please see bMS 490.

Ripley, Ezra, 1751-1841. Sermons, 1800-1838: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Harvard Divinity School Library, Harvard University Repository

Special Collections at Harvard Divinity School 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. Known as Andover-Harvard Theological Library since 1911, it was renamed the Harvard Divinity School Library in 2021.

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