Revealed Religion A sermon delivered in the chapel of Harvard College in Cambridge New-England Sep. 3 1780: at the lecture founded by the honourable Paul Dudley, Esquire
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- Barnes, David , 1731-1811
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
- .03 cubic feet (1 volume)|p. 4to
- Harvard University Archives
The hand-sewn notebook contains a 45-page manuscript draft of the Dudleian lecture delivered by David Barnes on September 3, 1780 at Harvard College. The sermon begins with the Biblical text John 20:31. The copy includes edits and struck-out words. The lecture was not printed.
- by David Barnes pastor of the 2 Church in Scituate.
David Barnes (1731/2-1811), a minister in Norwell, Mass., was born on March 24, 1731/2 in Shrewsbury, Mass. He received an AB from Harvard in 1752 and an AM in 1755. He was ordained December 4, 1754 as the minister of the Second Parish of Scituate, Mass., now the First Congregational Parish of Norwell. Barnes died on April 26, 1811.|Harvard’s oldest endowed lecture, the annual Dudleian lecture, is funded by a bequest from the 1750 will of the Chief Justice of Massachusetts Paul Dudley (1675-1750/1). Dudley specified that the topics of the annual sermon were to rotate among four themes: natural religion, revealed religion, the "Romish church," and the validity of the ordination of ministers. The first lecture was given in 1755, and the series continued uninterrupted until 1857, when the fund was suspended to allow for accumulation. The lecture series began again in 1888. In 1911, the Trustees voted to discontinue the third lecture topic, and the series continued rotating among the three topics until 1956, when another lecture topic, "Catholicism and Protestantism," was voted into the rotation.