GEMMS: Gateway to Early Modern Manuscript Sermons
TitleGeorge Curwen Papers, Sermons 1700-1717, Vol. 1
ShelfmarkMSS 45 Series III.
Creation Date1700 - 1717
Contents NoteA collection of autograph sermons preached in Cambridge in 1700-1. The sermons were delivered at the request of certain figures, including William Brattle, Jabez Fitch and Rev. Mather (may have been Increase or Cotton Mather). Each sermon notes the person who requested it.
Material FeaturesBound in cream vellum, stitched at the top. Presumably in Curwen's own hand. Each page has ruled boarders and margins. The volume opens with an index, giving "Person", "place", "time" and the verse and page the sermons begin on. Curwen makes use of old style dating, which means that 1 May is sometimes written as 1/3.
Associated Peoplemanuscript owner - Curwen, George
ProvenanceThe Curwen Family Papers in the Philips Library are made up of 6 series: I. Captain George Curwen (1610-1684/5) Papers; II. Jonathan Curwen (1640-1718) Papers; III. Jonathan Curwen (1640-1718) Papers; IV. Samuel (1715-1802) and George Curwen (1717-1746) Papers; V. Curwen Relatives' Papers; VI. Other. The material is the reorganised contents of four scrapbook volumes, forty-six journal, letter book and account book volumes and many other items.
AcquisitionThe bulk of the manuscripts came to the Essex Institute in 1916 from the American Antiquarian Society. Volume 10, a daybook, was donated by George Rea Curwen in 1887. The 1666 and 1737 religious meditation books were an 1890 gift from George Rea Curwen. The April 28, 1717 Reverend George Curwen sermon was a 1960 gift from Russell A. Sibley.
Source of DataCatherine Evans
Other NoteThe sermon notebooks and other papers from Rev George Curwen's papers are viewable online via the Hidden Histories portal, see link below.
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GEMMS record createdJuly 15, 2020
GEMMS record last editedJuly 30, 2020