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SERIES Identifier: HUG 1871

Sermons and ordination charges, 1793-1838, undated

Scope and Contents

This series contains sermons and ordination charges written and delivered by Henry Ware, Sr. between 1793 and 1838. The items in this series are handwritten drafts of sermons contained in paper notebooks that Ware wrote, revised, and delivered over multiple years. In addition to regularly repeated sermons, this series also includes sermons written following deaths in the community, and sermons delivered during ordinations. The ordination ceremony admitted a candidate into a ministerial office, and typically included prayers, a sermon, a right hand of fellowship, and a charge. Where the ordination sermon was based on a Biblical passage, the ordination charge was a short sermon, directed to the minister being ordained, that emphasized his duties as pastor.


  • Creation: 1793-1838, undated

Physical Description

.7 cubic feet (2 document boxes)

Researcher Access

The Papers of Henry Ware, Sr. are open for research.


2.72 cubic feet (5 document boxes, 2 half legal document boxes, and 1 legal document box)


This series is arranged in four subseries:

  1. Sermons, 1793-1838
  2. Funeral sermons, 1813-1834
  3. Ordination charges, 1817-1826, undated
  4. Ordination sermons, 1818-1828

Related Materials

Unidentified fragments of sermons and lectures are arranged in Series V of this collection.

Repository Details

Part of the Harvard University Archives Repository

Holding nearly four centuries of materials, the Harvard University Archives is the principal repository for the institutional records of Harvard University and the personal archives of Harvard faculty, as well as collections related to students, alumni, Harvard-affiliates and other associated topics. The collections document the intellectual, cultural, administrative and social life of Harvard and the influence of the University as it emerged across the globe.

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