Natural religion serm. I upon the Dudleian lecture: First sermon for the Dudleian lecture viz. the proof of natural religion

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About this Item

Creator
Holyoke, Edward , 1689-1769
Type
Sermons-1755.Lectures-Massachusetts-Cambridge-1755.
Language
English
Origin
No place, unknown, or undetermined
Description
p. 19 x 15 cm.|.03 cubic feet (1 volume)
Date
1755
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990057517070203941

Content Notes

The hand-sewn notebook contains a 32-page manuscript draft of the first Dudleian lecture, delivered by Edward Holyoke in 1755 at Harvard College. The sermon begins with the Biblical text Heb. 11:6. The copy includes a small number of edits and struck-out words. The cover is no longer attached. The lecture was not printed.
  • by Edwd Holyoke nominated by the founder of sd. lecture to preach the first sermon viz. as president.

Biographical Notes

Edward Holyoke (1689-1769), ninth president of Harvard College, was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1689. After attending Harvard (A.B. 1705, A.M. 1708), he served as a tutor at the College from 1712 to 1716 and as a Fellow of the Corporation in 1713. In 1716, he resigned his Harvard positions to become pastor of the Second Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, where he served for the next twenty-one years. Holyoke returned to Harvard in 1737 when he was appointed president, and served until his death in 1769.|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.