First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers, 1665-1837

About this Collection

Creator
First Church (Cambridge, Mass.)
Type
government publicationNotes.Sermons.
Collection Title
First Church (Cambridge, Mass.) sermon papers, 1665-1837
Language
English
Origin
Massachusetts
Description
.5 linear feet (1 folder)
Repository
Houghton Library, Harvard University
Identifier
colonialnorthamerica.library.harvard.edu/990095057210203941
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Subjects
First Church (Cambridge, Mass.)
Shepard Congregational Society (Cambridge, Mass.)
Christianity
Congregational churches--Massachusetts--Cambridge
Cambridge (Mass.)--Church history

Content Notes

Sermons and notes on sermons delivered in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Includes manuscript sermons of Abiel Holmes, notes on sermons by Increase Mather, and notes written by Joseph Baxter on sermons delivered from 1690-1692.
  • In English.

Biographical Notes

The First Church was formed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1633, but in 1636 the minister and most of the members removed to Hartford, Conn. In 1829 the First Parish or First Church (Congregational) in Cambridge split into factions of Unitarian and Trinitarian persuasion. The latter, with the pastor Abiel Holmes, separated to form the Shepard Congregational Society, and continued subsequently under the name of the First Church. The Unitarians continued to be known as the First Parish, though claiming the title of First Church until 1899.