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Sermon – Fire – 1840

By | February 2nd, 2018|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

This sermon was preached by Rev. William M. Rogers in 1840 after the loss of the ships Harold and Lexington. A SERMON OCCASIONED BY THE LOSS OF THE HAROLD AND THE LEXINGTON, DELIVERED AT THE ODEON, January 26, 1840. By WILLIAM M. ROGERS, PASTOR OF THE FRANKLIN STREET CHURCH. Rev. William [...]

Sermon – New Year – 1861/ 1862

By | January 25th, 2018|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

These two sermons were preached by George L. Prentiss in 1861 and 1862 on the new year. Some of the Providential Lessons of 1861. How to Meet the Events of 1862. TWO DISCOURSES, Preached December 29th, 1861, and January 5th, 1862, By REV. GEORGE L. PRENTISS, D.D. SERMON. PREACHED ON SUNDAY [...]

Sermon – New Year – 1799

By | December 30th, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

David McClure (1748-1820) graduated from Yale in 1769. Though he taught for a time, he was ordained in 1772 and was a missionary to the Delaware Indians for sixteen months shortly after his ordination. McClure was the pastor to a Congregational church at North Hampton (1776-1785) and later a church in [...]

Sermon – Christmas – 1844

By | December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

Christmas in Early America In America's early years, the celebration of Christmas was a subject of heated debate among Christians, and the lines between the opposing views were drawn largely according to church affiliation. Those from the High Church (e.g., Anglicans, Catholics, Episcopalians, etc., which practiced a more formal tradition of [...]

Sermon – Thanksgiving – 1794

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

Samuel Stillman (1738-1807) was the pastor of a Baptist church on James Island, South Carolina beginning in 1759. He preached in various congregations in New Jersey for a time and was the pastor of a Baptist church in Boston (1765-1805). Stillman was a Boston city convention member, a convention that ratified [...]

Sermon – Bridge Opening – 1808

By | November 1st, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

Samuel Willard (1776-1859) graduated from Harvard in 1803. He worked as a tutor at Bowdoin College (1804-1805), and became a minister of the Congregational Church in Deerfield, Massachusetts (1807-1829). He continued to preach occasionally throughout his life. The following sermon was preached by Willard in 1808 at the occasion of opening [...]

Sermon – House of Representatives – 1860

By | October 26th, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons|

Thomas .H. Stockton was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey, June 4th, 1808. In 1833, while stationed at Georgetown, D.C., and when but twenty-five years of age, he was elected Chaplain by the United States House of Representatives. On November 19, 1863 Thomas Stockton delivered a prayer after Edward Everett's sermon [...]

Sermon – Election – 1815, Vermont

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

Henry Davis (1771-1852) graduated from Yale in 1796. He served as President of Middlebury College (1810-1817) and President of Hamilton College (1817-1833). This election sermon was delivered by Dr. Davis at Montpelier, VT on October 12, 1815. A SERMON, DELIVERED ON THE DAY OF GENERAL ELECTION, AT MONTPELIER, OCTOBER 12, 1815, [...]

Sermon – Solar Eclipse – 1806

By | August 23rd, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

Joseph Lathrop (1731-1820) Biography: Lathrop was born in Norwich, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale, he took a teaching position at a grammar school in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he also began studying theology. Two years after leaving Yale, he was ordained as the pastor of the Congregational Church in West Springfield, Massachusetts. [...]

Sermon – Fasting – 1812

By | August 21st, 2017|Categories: Historical Sermons, Library|

William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) was the grandson of one of the Newport Sons of Liberty, John Channing. William graduated from Harvard in 1798 and became regent at Harvard in 1801. He was ordained a preacher in 1802 and worked towards the 1816 establishment of the Harvard Divinity School. This sermon was [...]

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