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Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the papers of Presbyterian clergyman Benjamin Colman related to his ministerial career, in particular as minister of Boston's Brattle St. (Fourth) Church, on various local church councils, on the corporation of Harvard College, and as a member of the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England and Parts Adjacent, and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.

Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Colman was one of the most prominent ministers of his generation. He was born in Boston, Mass., the son of William and Elizabeth Colman. As a young man, he was greatly influenced by Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, and Ezekiel Cheever, and at Harvard by William Brattle and John Leverett. After graduating from Harvard in 1692, he preached for six months at Medford before returning to Harvard for his A.M. degree. In 1695, he sailed for England, but was captured en route by French pirates and imprisoned in France. Ransomed, he moved to London and became involved with the American and English Dissenters there and at Bath. In 1699, friends and family in New England convinced him to return to Boston and take charge of the new Brattle Street Church, where he was immediately embroiled in controversy over reforms in the Congregational Church. He and the other founders of the church issued a Manifesto in 1699 and The Gospel Order Revived in 1700, which angered the Mathers and other traditionalist ministers.

Though Colman advocated a distinct separation between Anglicans and Congregationalists, he maintained a sympathetic and mutually supportive relationship with the Church of England. He coordinated many missionary endeavors among the Indians, often in cooperation with Anglican clergymen like Bishop White Kennett. As a member of the Harvard College Corporation and the Overseers, Colman was also active in Harvard College affairs and secured many patrons for Harvard and Yale, including the very influential Thomas Hollis. Colman was an avid reader of modern English thinkers and continued to correspond with colleagues in England. In 1731, he was awarded an honorary doctor of divinity degree from the University of Glasgow. In 1740, during the first Great Awakening, he invited George Whitefield to preach at various pulpits in Boston and at Harvard. When Whitefield alienated and angered many Boston clergy with his criticisms, Colman successfully mediated the disputes that arose.

Colman married three times: to Jane Clark in 1700; to Sarah Crisp Clark, widow of John Leverett, in 1732; and to Mary Pepperrell, also a widow, in 1745. All three of his children were born to his first wife, but none survived him. His daughter Jane Colman Turell was widely acclaimed as a poet.

Sources

Kennedy, Rick. "Benjamin Colman." American National Biography. Ed. John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. Vol. 5. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999. 256-258.

Collection Description

The papers of Benjamin Colman, 1641-1806, consist of two boxes of loose manuscripts and are primarily concerned with his ministerial career, especially his connection with Boston's Brattle Street Church, his activities on various church councils, and his work among Indians on behalf of the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England and Parts Adjacent and the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. His correspondents include Jonathan Belcher, Elisha Cooke, Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Hollis, Cotton and Increase Mather, William Shirley, Samuel Shute, and Sir Robert Walpole.

The collection also contains letters to his daughter Jane Colman Turell, as well as materials related to George Whitefield, Boston schools, provincial government, the colonial customs service, and Harvard College.

Other Formats

Also available on microfilm, P-133 (1 reel).

Acquisition Information

Gift of Peter Thacher, 1793.

Item List

Undateddigital content

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digitizedFormer title page to bound volume, undated

The Benjamin Colman papers were given to the Massachusetts Historical Society by Rev. Peter Thacher, 29 January 1793. They were bound on 6 May 1914 with the assistance of the Winthrop Funds.

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digitizedPoem: "A hymn of praise on a recovery from sickness," by [Benjamin Colman], written in English and translated into Latin by William Welsteed, undated
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digitizedDraft of message from Benjamin Colman to [William Williams], undated
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digitizedPoem: "By another hand," Revel. Chap. 10, by [Benjamin Colman], undated
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digitizedPoem: "To Celia, flying from her mother," by [Benjamin Colman], undated
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digitizedPoem: "On content," by Benjamin Colman (6 lines), undated
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Gardner about his verses and with advice on his future, undated
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digitizedLines to Cardinal Mazarine, by [Benjamin Colman], undated
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digitized"Proposals for promoting...correspondence among Protestant Dissenters...by the name of the United Brethren," undated

1641-1698digital content

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digitizedSpeech by William Fiennes, First Viscount Saye and Sele, on an ecclesiastical matter, 1641

Note: This is the first item in the Colman volume dated 1697-1734.

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digitizedDraft of letter in the hand of John Leverett from Harvard College to Lieutenant Governor Stoughton about the Harvard charter of 1696, 6 Jan. 1697

Also available on microfilm P-207.

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digitizedLetter from Simon Bradstreet (Charlestown) to Benjamin Colman urging him to accept the ministry of the Brattle Street Church, 23 May 1698

1699-1700digital content

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digitizedList of subscriptions for building the Brattle Street Church and minutes of the prudential committee, 14 Feb. 1699-8 Oct. 1700
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digitizedLetter from Oliver Noyes (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about accepting a ministry at Boston, 14 May 1699
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digitizedLetter from William Brattle (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about accepting the invitation to become minister of the Brattle Street Church, 16 May 1699
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digitizedLetter from John Nelson (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about the formation of the Brattle Street Church and his invitation to become its minister, 20 May 1699
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digitizedLetter from Ebenezer Pemberton (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about his invitation to return to Boston as minister of the Brattle Street Church, 22 May 1699
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digitizedLetter from John Leverett (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about the advantages of accepting the call to the Brattle Street Church, 25 May 1699
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digitizedLetter from Sarah Colman (Boston) to her brother Benjamin Colman about accepting the call of the Brattle Street Church and returning to Boston, 3 June 1699
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digitizedLetter from Increase Mather and James Allen to Benjamin Colman criticizing the manifesto of the Brattle Street Church, 28 Dec. 1699

Also available on microfilm P-207.

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digitizedLetter from John Higginson and Nicholas Noyes (Salem) to Benjamin Davis and the organizers of the Brattle Street Church criticizing their manifesto, 30 Dec. 1699

1705-1712digital content

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digitizedMinutes by Benjamin Colman (Cambridge) of a discussion of the Association of Ministers about maintaining the welfare of the churches, including answer of Benjamin Colman to a question on councils, Aug. 1705
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digitizedSubscription by Thomas Clarke, Mehetabel Cooper, Robert Palmer, John Colman, John George, Thomas Banister, William Harris, Samuel Kealing, Oliver Noice [Noyce], Addington Davenport, and Stephen Minott for printing Benjamin Colman's discourses on the parable of the Ten Virgins, [1706]
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Dudley (Roxbury) to Benjamin Colman about determining the validity of former French prisoner Timothy LeFebre's conversion to Protestantism, 19 May 1707
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digitizedLetter from Solomon Stoddard (Northampton) to Benjamin Colman about the settlement of John Leverett as president of Harvard College, 7 Feb. 1708
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digitizedPoem: "A hymn to the wise men," by Elizabeth Singer, 30 June 1709
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digitizedLetter from Elizabeth Singer to Benjamin Colman about her gratitude to him, 12 July 1709
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digitizedLetter from Dudley Woodbridge (Barbados) to Benjamin Colman thanking him for a shipment of books and about his sons Dudley and Benjamin, 10 July 1711
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digitizedLetter from John Colman (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about a dispute with Ebenezer Hutchinson over a money matter, 14 Sep. 1711
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digitizedPoem: "Laetum rus genuit, cultos academia mores," by Benjamin Colman, with translation, [1712]
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Mix (Wethersfield) to Benjamin Colman on theological matters and happenings at Wethersfield, 16 July 1712
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to White Kennett with comments on his sermon before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, Nov. 1712

1714-1716digital content

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digitizedLetter from Samuel Banister (London) to Benjamin Colman about a shipment of glass and the political confusion in London, 15 Feb. 1714
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digitizedLetter from Jeremiah Dummer (London) to Benjamin Colman about the controversy over Gov. Dudley, 15 Jan. 1715

Printed in Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, 1st series, vol. 5.

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digitizedDraft of invitation from Benjamin Colman to delegates to attend the ordination of William Cooper at the Brattle Street Church, 23 May 1716
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Belcher (London) to Benjamin Colman about his approval of the appointment of Samuel Shute to govern New England, 31 May 1716
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Gov. Samuel Shute congratulating him on his commission, [Aug. 1716]
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digitizedLetter from William Cooper to Benjamin Colman about an edition of his sermons, 20 Nov. 1716

1717digital content

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digitizedDrafts, mainly in Benjamin Colman's hand, of a memorial to King George I by the ministers of New England churches, approved by Gov. Dudley, and drafts of letters thanking John Shute, William Amhurst, and others for their continued favor for New England, [1717] and [June 1717]
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digitizedLetter from John Shute, 1st Viscount Barrington (London), to Benjamin Colman about Gov. Samuel Shute, 9 Feb. 1717
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digitizedLetter from Hugh Hall, Jr. (Barbados) to Benjamin Colman about his occupation, 13 Mar. 1717
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to William Ashurst about a charter for Harvard College, 5 June 1717
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Cotton Mather on ecclesiastical matters, [June 1717]
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Samuel Wiswall to become a missionary to the Indians as commissioned by the General Court, [June 1717]

1718-1719digital content

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digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Stone (Harwich) to Benjamin Colman refuting John Wise's position regarding the ministers of New England, 29 Jan. 1718
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Sewall to Benjamin Colman about baptizing his servant Scipio, 22 Mar. 1718; on verso, draft of report by Benjamin Colman for the ministers of Boston on conditions in the grammar schools, [24 Mar.] 1718
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digitizedLetter from Timothy Woodbridge (Hartford) to Benjamin Colman about granting a Harvard degree to a group of students educated at Saybrook and then at Wethersfield under Elisha Williams, 10 Apr. 1718
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Tiverton) to Ebenezer Pierpont about the latter's dispute with Nicholas Sever, 8 Sep. 1718
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digitizedLetter from William Cooper to Benjamin Colman about church matters at Boston during his absence, 9 Sep. 1718
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Sewall (Boston), as pastor of Old South Church, to Benjamin Colman and William Cooper inviting them to the ordination of Thomas Prince, 15 Sep. 1718
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digitizedLetter from Daniel Neal (London) to Benjamin Colman about the ecclesiastical history of New England and Cotton Mather, 19 Sep. 1718
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digitizedLetter from William Ashurst (London) to Benjamin Colman on church matters and Samuel Shute, 3 Oct. 1718
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to the bishop of Bangor about his book The Common Rights of Subjects, 6 May 1719
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digitizedDraft of letter, in Benjamin Colman's hand, from the ministers of Boston to the church at Bristol, R.I., about the controversy over James MacSparran, 28 Sep. 1719
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digitizedLetter from John Danforth (Dorchester) to Benjamin Colman about the controversy over the ordination of James MacSparran at Bristol, R.I., 28 Sep. 1719
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digitizedLetter from John Winthrop (New London) to Cotton Mather describing his gift of Sogelander doves, 29 Dec. 1719

1720digital content

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digitizedLetter from John Shute, 1st Viscount Barrington (Tofts, Essex), to Benjamin Colman apologizing for his not having received his letter acknowledging the dedication of his sermon, Jan. 1720
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow (Eastwood, Scotland) to Benjamin Colman about the literary material he is sending, 10 Feb. 1720
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digitizedLetter from Isaac Watts (London) to Cotton Mather on church matters and Daniel Neal, 11 Feb. 1720
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digitizedLetter from Hugh Hall, Jr. (Barbados) to [Benjamin Colman] about charitable gifts for the propagation of the gospel and the reduced interest in religion in the islands, 30 Mar. 1720
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digitizedDraft of letter from John Leverett and Benjamin Colman to Thomas Hollis acknowledging his gift to Harvard College for scholarship aid, with details of its administration, July 1720
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digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Clap (Newport) to Benjamin Colman on church matters, 4 Nov. 1720

1721digital content

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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Lord Barrington about his continued support for New England, 11 Jan. 1721
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digitizedLetter from Jeremiah Dummer (London) to Benjamin Colman explaining his actions on behalf of funds for Yale College, 16 Feb. 1721
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digitizedMemorial for the fellows of Harvard College to Gov. Samuel Shute and the General Court petitioning for a salary increase for the Harvard president, signed by Benjamin Wadsworth and Benjamin Colman, 31 May 1721
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Mix (Wethersfield) to Benjamin Colman enlisting his help in obtaining financial aid from Elihu Yale, 2 Aug. 1721
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Sewall (Medford) to Benjamin Colman about hearing him preach at Lexington and on the current state of religion, 12 Sep. 1721
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digitizedLetter from John Leverett (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about his correspondence with Thomas Hollis, 7 Nov. 1721

1722digital content

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digitizedMemorandum by [Benjamin Colman] related to Thomas Hollis's contribution to Harvard College and the creation of the Hollis Professor of Divinity, 1722
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digitizedDraft of letter by [Benjamin Colman] for the ministers of Boston advising the people of Watertown on the establishment of another church and the dismissal of Robert Sturgeon, 22 Feb. 1722
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Wadsworth and Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Henry Gibbs about Watertown church affairs and irregularities in the settlement of Robert Sturgeon, 22 Feb. 1722
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digitizedLetter from Gurdon Saltonstall (New London) to Benjamin Colman about providing information on the history of Connecticut for Jeremiah Dummer's history of New England, 19 Apr. 1722
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digitizedLetter from John Chamberlayne (London) to Benjamin Colman acknowledging his letter, 22 May 1722
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digitizedCopy of report by Benjamin Lynde for the committee of the Massachusetts General Court appointed to review the Harvard College charter, 30 May 1722
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digitizedPoem: "On His Majesty's visit to Hackwood and its thundring just as he arrived...inscrib'd to His Grace the Duke of Bolton," 28 Aug. 1722
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digitizedLetter from Henry Newman (London) to Benjamin Colman about the legality of small-pox inoculation, 28 Sep. 1722
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Mix (Wethersfield) to Benjamin Colman about Elizabeth Fawkener's legacy to the Bulkeley family, 5 Nov. 1722
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digitizedLetter from John Perkins (Ipswich) to Benjamin Colman introducing a crippled relative and asking help in his education, 15 Nov. 1722
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digitizedLetter from John Leverett (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about his prospects of withdrawal as a member of Harvard relative to action of the Massachusetts General Court, 26 Nov. 1722
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digitizedLetter from Edward Wigglesworth (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about sending a copy of his oration to Thomas Hollis, 6 Dec. 1722

1723digital content

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digitizedExtracts from letters from Thomas Hollis, Isaac Watts, and Samuel Shute (London) to Benjamin Colman about Gov. Shute's support for New England, 1 Mar.-3 June 1723
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Mix (Wethersfield) to Benjamin Colman about the Bulkeley family legacy settlement, 20 May 1723
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow (Eastwood, Scotland) to Benjamin Colman about his difficulty in communicating with Rabbi Mouis, 12 Aug. 1723
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Shute (London) to Benjamin Colman assuring him of his support in retaining the Massachusetts Bay charter, 19 Aug. 1723
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digitizedCopy of letter from Henry Newman (London) to Benjamin Colman with his account for the purchase and exchange of books and articles, 10 Sep. 1723

1724digital content

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digitizedLetter from John Colman (London) to Benjamin Colman about borrowing money from Thomas Hollis and on political matters, 26 Mar. 1724
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to the members of the Congregational Church at Charleston, S.C., introducing Nathan Bassett, 15 Apr. 1724
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digitizedLetter from John Shute, 1st Viscount Barrington (Tofts, Essex) to Benjamin Colman about province affairs, 20 July 1724
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digitizedLetter from Moses Godfree and Elisha Mayo (Chatham) to Benjamin Colman and William Cooper asking for help in restoring their privileges in the church at Chatham, 27 July 1724
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow (Eastwood, Scotland) to Benjamin Colman about Bishop Burnett's book and church and literary matters, 29 July 1724
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digitizedAct of the Massachusetts General Court related to expanding the service of the Charlestown Ferry, signed by William Dudley, 3 Dec. 1724

1725digital content

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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to his son-in-law Ebenezer Turell about medicines to cure his sick child, [1725]
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digitizedLetter from Zabdiel Boylston (London) to Benjamin Colman about matters concerning the provincial government, 26 Feb. 1725
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digitizedLetter from John Colman (London) to Benjamin Colman about Elisha Cooke's activities at London and Samuel Shute, 20 Mar. 1725
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to [Benjamin] Avery, in Latin, about the Harvard College library, 8 June 1725
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Bishop White Kennett about synods, church matters, and his declining the presidency of Harvard, 17 Dec. 1725
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digitizedLetter from Isaac Greenwood (London) to Benjamin Colman about Thomas Hollis's intention to settle a professorship of mathematics and experimental philosophy at Harvard, 20 Dec. 1725

1726digital content

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digitizedIncomplete draft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to [?] about the practice of dissenting congregations in New England to send to England for a minister, [1726]
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digitizedLetter from John Colman (London) to Benjamin Colman about family business matters, Elisha Cooke, and speculation on the government of Massachusetts Bay, 4 Feb. 1726
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Shute (London) to Benjamin Colman about the acceptance of the Explanatory Charter, 25 Mar. 1726
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digitizedLetter from John Colman (London) to Benjamin Colman about publishing his sermons, 2 Apr. 1726
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Perker, Shubael Stearns, and John Hawkes (Lynn End) to Benjamin Colman and William Cooper asking for help in resolving church differences, 16 Aug. 1726
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman, on behalf of Boston ministers, to Joseph Leddel, et al., regarding a candidate for a Presbyterian church in New York, 17 Oct. 1726
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Edmund Calamy about Judge Nicholas Trott of South Carolina, 19 Oct. 1726
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digitizedMinutes of a council of churches at Billingsgate [Eastham] about the controversy with Josiah Oakes, signed by Joseph Green as clerk, 22 Nov. 1726

1727digital content

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digitizedLetter from Isaac Greenwood (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about his indebtedness to him, 7 Feb. 1727
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digitizedLetter from Josiah Oakes, Samuel Brown, Samuel Smith, Jonathan Young, Eleazure Hamblen, and John Rich, members of the church at Billingsgate (Eastham), to Benjamin Colman asking for his help in resolving church differences, 2 Mar. 1727
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digitizedLetter from Daniel Oliver (London) to Benjamin Colman describing his visit to England and France, 17 Mar. 1727
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digitizedLetter from William Williams (Weston) to Benjamin Colman about difficulties in his attending a conference on the resolution of church differences at Eastham, 21 Mar. 1727
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Josiah Oakes and others with advice on resolving the differences in the church at Eastham, 22 Mar. 1727
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digitizedLetter from [Samuel Sewall] (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about the funeral of Samuel Hirst and about having his sermon distributed, 14 Apr. 1727
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digitizedAddress by Cotton Mather and Benjamin Colman (Boston) for the annual convention of ministers of Massachusetts Bay to King George II, 31 May 1727
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digitizedAddress from Harvard College to George II, in Benjamin Colman's hand, signed by Benjamin Wadsworth, 4 Sep. 1727

1728digital content

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digitizedAcknowledgment from Timothy Cutler to Benjamin Colman of receipt of notification of Harvard Overseers meeting, [1728]
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Wadsworth (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about the use of revenue from donated lands to help promote the ministry, 6 Apr. 1728
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digitizedLetter from David Parsons (Leicester) to Benjamin Colman about the calling of a Leicester church council, 22 Apr. 1728
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digitizedLetter from John Williams (Deerfield) to Benjamin Colman about divisions in the churches, 2 July 1728
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digitizedMemorial of the death of John Clark with inscription on his tombstone, Dec. 1728

1729digital content

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digitizedLetter from Thomas Hollis (London) to Benjamin Colman with news of London, 12 Feb. 1729
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to his daughter Jane Colman Turell about her homesickness, 6 Mar. 1729
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digitizedLetter from Jedidiah Andrews (Philadelphia) to Benjamin Colman about church matters, 7 Apr. 1729
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digitizedLetter from Daniel Neal (London) to Thomas Foxcroft about Samuel Shute, English resentment toward New England, and the necessity to comply with the king, 29 Apr. 1729
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digitizedApplication by Richard Southgate, Thomas Newhall, and James Willson, members of the church at Leicester, to the Brattle Street Church asking for help in resolving their differences, 1 May 1729
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digitizedLetter from Jedidiah Andrews (Philadelphia) to Benjamin Colman about his advice on the legality of marriage with a wife's brother's widow, 14 May 1729
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digitizedMinutes of a church council meeting at Watertown regarding the church at Leicester, with memo of the votes from Benjamin Colman to David Parsons, 9-10 July 1729
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digitizedLetter from David Parsons (Leicester) to Benjamin Colman about his response to the calling of a church council to resolve the differences of the church at Leicester, 13 Aug. 1729
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digitizedReports and minutes by [Benjamin Colman] of a church council at Watertown to resolve the dispute in the church at Leicester, with copy of David Parson's reply, [Sep.] 1729
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Nathaniel Stone about resolving the dispute with Samuel Osborn of the Eastham church, 8 Sep. 1729
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digitizedLetter from David Parsons (Leicester) to Benjamin Colman about the response of the Leicester congregation to the decision of the council of churches regarding their differences, 1 Nov. 1729
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Osborn (Eastham) to Benjamin Colman refuting the charges of Nathaniel Stone and Rev. Lord, 17 Nov. 1729

1730digital content

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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to his daughter Jane Colman Turell with parental advice on her health, 16 Jan. 1730
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Belcher (London) to Benjamin Colman describing the circumstances of his appointment as governor and about his son's affairs, 7 Feb. 1730
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digitizedLetter from Richard Billings, Matthew Short, John Greenwood, David Turner, Peleg Heath, Josiah Cotton, and Habijah Weld (Rehoboth), ministers of Bristol County, to Benjamin Colman about establishing a church at Freetown and Freetown affairs, 21 Apr. 1730
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digitizedLetter from William Harris (London) to Benjamin Colman about Gov. Jonathan Belcher, the illness of Thomas Hollis, and literary matters, 29 Apr. 1730
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digitizedLetter from John Doane (Eastham) to Benjamin Colman about Eastham church affairs and Isaiah Lewis, 14 May 1730
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digitizedLetter from Jeremiah Hunt [London] to [Benjamin Colman] introducing two visitors to New England from Yarmouth, 22 July 1730
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Hollis (London) to Benjamin Colman about his correspondence, news of London, and the Mason bequest to dissenting individuals, 8 Oct. 1730
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digitizedLetter from Josiah Smith (Cainhay) to Benjamin Colman about the publication of his sermons and criticism of his views, 12 Oct. 1730
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digitizedLetter from Elisha Williams (New Haven) to Benjamin Colman about Yale College library matters and a professor of divinity, 16 Oct. 1730
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Hollis (London) to Benjamin Colman about Harvard College matters and Samuel Holden's gift of books, 22 Oct. 1730
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digitizedStatement by George Du Bois (New York) to the Reformed Protestant Church at Boston certifying the membership of Abraham and Catharina Wendell in the Reformed Dutch Church at New York, 3 Nov. 1730

1731digital content

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digitizedNotes for an address from the ministers to the Massachusetts General Court, [1731]
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Henry Maule, Bishop of Cloyne, about a legacy left to Grace Kempston Peirson by her grandmother, 8 Feb. 1731
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Standen (Speen) to Benjamin Colman with sympathy on the death of his wife, 26 Apr. 1731
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digitizedLetter from Matthew Clerk (Londonderry) to Benjamin Colman applying for a position at Harvard as a teacher of philosophy, 27 Apr. 1731
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digitizedSubscription list for the support of Josiah Cotton (H.C. 1722) in his ministry at Providence, R.I., with record of disbursement and subsequent gifts, 27 May-31 Aug. 1731

Subscribers include Joshua Gee, Joseph Emerson, John Hancock, James Cushing, Samuel Dexter, Thomas Foxcroft, Ebenezer Parkman, Stephen Williams, Ames Cheever, Samuel Checkley, Oliver Peabody, Joseph Parsons, Phillips Payson, Charles Chauncy, William Cooper, Daniel Greenleaf, Nathan Buckman, Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Fiske, Joseph Baxter, Peter Reynolds, Joseph Sewall, James Stone, Seth Storer, Jonathan Townsend, John Webb, Nathaniel Rogers, John Barnard, Jonathan Bowman, Ebenezer Turell, William Welsteed, John White, Jeremiah Wise, William Johnson, John Rogers, Samuel Phillips, William Balch, John Tufts, Moses Hale, and Henry Messinger.

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digitizedLetter from Samuel Holden (London) to Benjamin Colman with additional gifts of books, 13 Sep. 1731
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digitizedLetter from Timothy White (Nantucket) to Benjamin Colman about serving as schoolmaster and missionary to the Indians in Nantucket, 3 Nov. 1731
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digitizedLetter from Edward Wigglesworth (Cambridge) to Benjamin Colman about a Harvard College matter, 14 Nov. 1731

1732digital content

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digitizedLetter from William Williams (Hatfield) to Benjamin Colman thanking him for the gift of a set of Baxter's works contributed by Samuel Holden, 20 Jan. 1732
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Nathaniel Stone about terminating the dispute related to the church at Eastham, 25 Jan. 1732
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Hollis (London) to Benjamin Colman about his uncle Thomas Hollis's bequests, 3 Feb. 1732
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Mix (Wethersfield) to Benjamin Colman about the organization of Boston churches and a suitable epitaph for Solomon Stoddard, 1 Mar. 1732
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digitizedLetter from Eldad Tupper (Sandwich) to Benjamin Colman about his missionary work with the Indians, 27 May 1732
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digitizedDrafts of letters from Benjamin Colman to Thomas Acton and Mr. Wynne, keeper of the Cathedral of St. Patrick's, about the legacy left to Grace Kempston Peirson by her grandmother, 12 Aug. 1732
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Cotton (Holborn) to Benjamin Colman about a financial matter, 26 Sep. 1732
Box 1Folder 19digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to the president of the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge about the mission at Fort Dummer and Joseph Seccombe's work at St. George's River, 14 Nov. 1732

1733digital content

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digitizedLetter from John Bickford (Salem) to Benjamin Colman for the churches at Boston about the state of religion at Salem, 26 Feb. 1733
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digitizedLetter from John Lowell (Newbury) to Benjamin Colman about Leonard Cotton, 20 Mar. 1733
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digitizedLetter from William Williams (Hatfield) to Benjamin Colman on church matters, 9 Apr. 1733
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digitizedLetter from Stephen Parker (Richmond) to Benjamin Colman about his Indian mission at Richmond, Mass., 23 Apr. 1733
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digitizedLetter from Timothy White (Nantucket) to Benjamin Colman about the possibility of higher education for the Indians at his school and Thomas Mayhew's function on the island, 15 May 1733
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Clap (Taunton) to Benjamin Colman about Thomas Danforth's church membership, 6 June 1733
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Seccombe (George's River) to Benjamin Colman about his observation of the natural history in the area of his Indian mission, 17 July 1733
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digitizedTreatise: "Some thoughts on the third way of communion," by [Benjamin Colman], 23 July 1733
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Barber (Mohegan) to Benjamin Colman about his mission to the Indians, 2 Oct. 1733
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to William Grant describing the ordination of missionaries for the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 25 Dec. 1733

Feb.-May 1734digital content

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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman on church matters, [1734]
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow, Jr. to [Benjamin Colman] about his father's financial position, [1734]
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Hollis (London) to Benjamin Colman about the appeal in the settlement of lands related to the ministry at Kingston, R.I., 14 Feb. 1734
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Parsons (Lyme) to Benjamin Colman acknowledging the gift of Baxter's works for the church at Lyme, 14 Feb. 1734
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Parsons (Lyme) to Benjamin Colman about teaching the Indians at Lyme and settling the question of their land boundaries, 26 Feb. 1734
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digitizedLetter from John Owen (Groton, Conn.) to Benjamin Colman about Samuel Holden's gift of Baxter's works, 28 Feb. 1734
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow, Jr. (Eastwood, Scotland) to Benjamin Colman about his father's death, 1 Apr. 1734
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digitizedLetter from William Williams (Hatfield) to Benjamin Colman about missionary work with the Indians, 11 Apr. 1734
Box 1Folder 21digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman with autobiographical information and about sending books to ministers to the Indians, 30 Apr. 1734

Printed in Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, vol. 56, pp. 19-24.

Box 1Folder 21digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston), on behalf of the ministers convening at Boston, to Samuel Holden asking him to forward their address to the king, 30 May 1734
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Jonathan Belcher, Jr. about delivering the address of the ministers' convention to the king, 30 May 1734
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digitizedCopy of votes of the Boston ministers' convention about support of the ministry at South Kingston, R.I., under Joseph Torrey and about Samuel Holden's help, written in Thomas Prince's hand, 31 May 1734

June-Dec. 1934digital content

Box 1Folder 22digitized
digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Stone (Harwich) to Benjamin Colman critical of the Boston ministers for their lack of attention to matters related to other churches, 14 June 1734
Box 1Folder 22digitized
digitizedLetter from Joseph Seccombe (George's River) to Benjamin Colman about a matter related to his ministry to the Indians, 27 June 1734, enclosed with letter from Stephen Lauverjat to Joseph Seccombe, in Latin, 13 Apr. 1734
Box 1Folder 22digitized
digitizedReport of a decision by a Taunton church council about the church membership of Thomas Danforth, sent to Benjamin Colman, signed by Joseph Baxter, John Swift, David Turner, Nathan Bucknam, Joseph Buckminster, Thomas Randell, Nathaniel Southworth, John Willmarth, Samuel Wood, David Morse, Samuel Hill, Abiah Carpenter, and Samuel Morse, 14 Aug. 1734
Box 1Folder 22digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to the bishop of London about the dearth of missionaries in New England and about the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, 13 Sep. 1734
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digitizedLetter from Simon Ray, Jr. (Block Island) to Benjamin Colman about the state of religion on Block Island, 22 Sep. 1734
Box 1Folder 22digitized
digitizedLetter from Leonard Cotton (Manchester) to Benjamin Colman about his help in finding a teaching position in Boston, 24 Oct. 1734
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Torrey (South Kingston, R.I.) to Benjamin Colman about his mission to the Indians, 3 Dec. 1734

Jan.-Mar. 1735digital content

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digitizedDraft of "Reasons why the Brethren...of Leicester are to be blamed...for their late deposition of their pastor, the Rev. Mr. David Parsons," by [Benjamin Colman], [1735]
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to Jonathan Belcher about complying with his request for copies of correspondence, with Belcher's reply, [1735]
Box 1Folder 23digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to Jacob Mitchell and Joseph Chandler of the church at North Yarmouth offering advice about the dismissal of Ammi R. Cutler because of his irregular marriage and the birth of his child, [1735]
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] about a treatise refuting Jonathan Edwards's book, [1735]
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Samuel Holden about the settlement of land ownership at South Kingston, R.I., and current rates of exchange, 6 Jan. 1735
Box 1Folder 23digitized
digitizedLetter from John Callender (Newport) to Benjamin Colman on literary matters, 24 Jan. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Niles (Braintree) to Benjamin Colman describing a trip to Rhode Island with Experience Mayhew, 27 Jan. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Smith (Aldgate, London) to Benjamin Colman about providing books for missionaries to the Indians, 29 Jan. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Nathan Bassett (Charleston, S.C.) to Benjamin Colman about political matters and news of Charleston, 13 Feb. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about the earl of Egmont's support of the missionaries to the Indians, 13 Feb. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to Ebenezer Turell about distributing funeral gloves, [26 Mar. 1735]
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to Ebenezer Turell about preparations for his daughter's funeral, [27 Mar. 1735]

Apr.-June 1735digital content

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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Ebenezer Turell about the expenses of his daughter's funeral, with a gift for his grandson Samuel, 14 Apr. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Clap to Benjamin Colman with sympathy on his daughter's death and about his length of service, 18 Apr. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Seccombe (Fort George) to Benjamin Colman about his gratitude for a gift of books from England, 22 Apr. 1735
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digitizedLetter from William Williams (Hatfield) to Benjamin Colman about church matters and with sympathy on the death of his daughter, 28 Apr. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Simon Ray, Jr. (Block Island) to Benjamin Colman about his gratitude for the support of his missionary work at Block Island, 29 Apr. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Stone (Harwich) to Benjamin Colman about his views on church government, 21 June 1735
Box 1Folder 24digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Samuel Holden congratulating him on his appointment as governor, 30 June 1735; on verso, draft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Francis Wilks about Samuel Holden's appointment as governor, [30 June 1735]

July-Sep. 1735digital content

Box 1Folder 25digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman on matters related to Joseph Seccombe's mission to the Indians, 26 July 1735
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digitizedLetter from Samuel Smith to Benjamin Colman about the duty of the missionaries of the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 29 July 1735
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digitizedMemorandum from [Benjamin Colman] to William Cooper and other Boston ministers about arguments against their attending the church council on the ordination of Robert Breck at Springfield, [Aug. 1735]
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digitizedLetter from Robert Wodrow, Jr. (Eastwood, Scotland) to Benjamin Colman with sympathy on the death of his daughter and on church matters, 8 Aug. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Stephen Williams about church matters and Robert Breck, 19 Aug. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Cooper about the proposal of the Springfield church to ordain Robert Breck, 19 Aug. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Williams about Robert Breck, 11 Sep. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (Liverpool) to Benjamin Colman about furnishing additional funding for Joseph Seccombe's mission to the Indians at St. George's River, 23 Sep. 1735
Box 1Folder 25digitized
digitizedLetter from Francis Wilks (London) to Benjamin Colman about Samuel Holden declining the government appointment as governor and about matters related to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 26 Sep. 1735

Nov.-Dec. 1735digital content

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digitizedLetter from Josiah Smith (Charleston, S.C.) to Benjamin Colman about the death of Job Parker, 7 Nov. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Samuel Holden asking for his support in matters coming before the council and about the currency exchange rates and intestate estates, 12 Nov. 1735
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Gov. John Wanton about contributing to the relief of those on Block Island, [20 Nov. 1735]
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Gov. Jonathan Belcher about retaining Timothy White as minister at Nantucket, 22 Nov. 1735
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digitizedLetter from William Cooper (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about deliberations and intrigue at the council of churches regarding the ordination of Robert Breck, 25 Nov. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Cooper about the reports of ministers' views at the church council regarding the ordination of Robert Breck, 26 Nov. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Mrs. Gerrish about Samuel Holden's philanthropy, 28 Nov. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Samuel Holden about contributing part of his fund to Mrs. Gerrish, 11 Dec. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to William Williams and Mr. Hopkins about Robert Breck's ordination, 29 Dec. 1735
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Cooper about Robert Breck and ending the controversy of the Hampshire churches, 30 Dec. 1735

Jan.-Mar. 1736digital content

Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedMemorandum by Benjamin Colman to the Brattle Street Church about deferring the admittance of Mrs. Holden to communion with the church, [1736]
Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedLetter from Samuel Sewall (Boston) to Benjamin Colman asking him to write his mother Margaret Mitchell Sewall's obituary, with draft of the obituary by Colman, 21 Jan. 1736
Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Frink (Rutland) to Benjamin Colman and the ministers of Boston asking them to solve church differences at Rutland and Worcester, 21 Jan. 1736
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digitizedLetter from William Roffey (London) to Benjamin Colman about his concern for the state of religious indifference in the churches, 3 Mar. 1736
Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to [?] about the dissatisfaction caused by visiting Irish ministers and his faith in the system of provincial church councils, 17 Mar. 1736
Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedLetter from Daniel Neal (London) to Benjamin Colman on literary matters, 25 Mar. 1736
Box 1Folder 27digitized
digitizedLetter from Samuel Niles (Braintree) to Benjamin Colman about progress with the mission to the Indians at Block Island, 30 Mar. 1736

Apr.-Nov. 1736digital content

Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from Eldad Tupper (Sandwich) to Benjamin Colman and Joseph Sewall about his son Elisha's work with the Indians and his desire for an appointment as minister, 24 Apr. 1736
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman acknowledging his letter and about his government activities, 17 May 1736
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digitizedLetter from Francis Wilks (London) to Benjamin Colman about matters related to the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 15 June 1736
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digitizedLetter from William Dummer (Newbury Falls) to Benjamin Colman thanking him for the gift of books and about the prevalence of sickness at Newbury Falls, 17 July 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from William Cooper to Benjamin Colman about the future of one of the island ministers, 3 Aug. 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from Elisha Tupper (Sandwich) to Benjamin Colman and Joseph Sewall about his reasons for declining the appointment as missionary to the Indians by the commissioners for the Society for Propagating Christian Knowledge, 4 Aug. 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about matters related to Indian missions, 8 Oct. 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Isaac Hollis about his contribution for church purposes and the rate of exchange at Boston, 20 Nov. 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from William Williams (Weston) to Benjamin Colman about collaborating on a manuscript for publication, 25 Nov. 1736
Box 1Folder 28digitized
digitizedLetter from Joseph Talcott (Hartford) to Benjamin Colman about the activities of the Indians in Connecticut, 30 Nov. 1736

Jan.-May 1737digital content

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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to Mrs. Rowe about his new set of books on The History of Joseph, 20 Jan. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from [Benjamin Colman] to Samuel Holden about a controversy between Jeremiah Allen and the collector of North Carolina; on verso, unsigned deposition related to the matter, 20 Jan. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Samuel Holden about contributions for John Sergeant's work with the Indians and about Jeremiah Allen's controversy with the North Carolina collector of the port, 25 Jan. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from Mrs. Robert Wodrow [Eastwood, Scotland] to Benjamin Colman about herself and family matters, 11 Feb. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from Timothy White (Nantucket) to Benjamin Colman about Dr. Hay's work on the island, 28 Feb. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about his views on the education of women and about Joseph Seccombe's background, 2 Mar. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman sending books for Josiah Cotton and Joseph Seccombe, with extracts of letters, written in Colman's hand, from [Thomas Coram] to Josiah Cotton and Joseph Seccombe about their gifts of books, 30 Apr. 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Samuel Holden about a controversy over Rhode Island lands, James MacSparran, and the education of women, 8 May 1737
Box 2Folder 1digitized
digitizedLetter from Jonathan Edwards (Northampton) to Benjamin Colman about the Great Awakening and the decline of religion and political contention at Northampton, 19 May 1737
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to the Harvard College Board of Overseers blocking his own and William Cooper's nomination as president and describing Edward Holyoke's qualifications, 26 May 1737

July-Nov. 1737digital content

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digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about women's education, agriculture in Massachusetts, and his theories on New England inflation, 9 July 1737
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Torrey (South Kingston) to Benjamin Colman about the reopening of a lawsuit over ministerial lands and about James MacSparran, 19 Aug. 1737
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digitizedLetter from John White (Gloucester) to Benjamin Colman about his finances and asking scholarship aid for his sons, 2 Sep. 1737
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digitizedLetter from Daniel Corbett, Ebenezer Clark, and Joshua Andrews, on behalf of the Bellingham church membership, to the New North Church in Boston about settling matters related to the service, 8 Sep. 1737
Box 2Folder 2digitized
digitizedDrafts of letters from [Benjamin Colman], on behalf of the ministers of Boston, to Samuel Holden, William Harris, Isaac Watts, Daniel Neal, John Guise, and Sir Robert Walpole denying the report in England of their pleasure at the appointment of Jonathan Belcher as governor, with notation by William Cooper about further correspondence on the subject, Nov. 1737

1738digital content

Box 2Folder 3digitized
digitizedLetter from Albert Dennie to Benjamin Colman about the deceitful treatment of a woman, [1738]
Box 2Folder 3digitized
digitizedLetter from Albert Dennie (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about setting up housekeeping, 16 May 1738
Box 2Folder 3digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about back wages due to the family of Samuel Tucket of Connecticut after Tucket's death and the Mason family's role in redressing land injustices to the Connecticut Indians, 21 Sep. 1738
Box 2Folder 3digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about his attempts to establish a foundling hospital at London, 22 Sep. 1738, enclosed with circular letter soliciting contributions for the hospital, signed by Thomas Coram, 22 Sep. 1738, and copy of letter, in Coram's hand, from Vere Beauclerk (Drayton) to Thomas Coram about contributions, 17 June 1738

Jan.-July 1739digital content

Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to John Angier about Johnson's suspension from the Bridgewater church, 18 Jan. 1739
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedLetter from William Hooper to Benjamin Colman about the unfitness of Mrs. Holden for admission to the communion of the church at Bridgewater, 2 Mar. 1739
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Hooper about admitting Mrs. Holden to communion in his church, 3 Mar. 1739
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Hooper asking him to attend a meeting regarding the admission of Mrs. Holden to church communion, [4 Mar. 1739]
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedLetter from John Callender, Jr. (Newport) to [?] about the reception of Thomas Prince's chronology, 4 Apr. 1739
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedLetter from Robert Pearsall (Warminster) to Benjamin Colman about literary matters and George Whitefield's sermons and following, 25 Apr. 1739
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Joseph Torrey about raising a fund for the defense of the ministerial lands lawsuit, 14 July 1739; on verso, draft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Thomas Prince about a subscription fund for the defense of the Rhode Island ministerial lands lawsuit, 14 July 1739
Box 2Folder 4digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Joseph Talcott about his willingness to introduce Jeremiah Allen to his London friends, 16 July 1739

Aug.-Dec. 1739digital content

Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedCopy of poem: "On viewing the design for rebuilding Hampstead House...," Latin verses written on viewing the designs for the restoration of Lord Craven's estate near Newbury, Berkshire, written by [Shirley], sent by [Joseph Standen], Aug. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Isaac Watts praising his writings, about church news at Boston, and about the illnesses of Elisha Williams and Samuel Mather, 13 Aug. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Hannah Adams (Annapolis Royal) to Benjamin Colman asking for help for her son from the ministers of Boston, 16 Aug. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about his foundling hospital and the Mason family's ingratitude for English help for the Connecticut Indians, 24 Aug. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman proposing financial help for New Englanders stranded in England, 3 Sep. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Jonathan Belcher to Benjamin Colman about having Thomas Prince's sermon bound for his family archives, 27 Sep. 1739, with draft of letter and poem from Colman to Belcher, 28 Sep. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Jonathan Belcher to Benjamin Colman containing a testament on his recovered health, [30 Sep. 1739]
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Abigail Colman Dennie (Boston) to her father Benjamin Colman asking him to accept her husband, 19 Oct. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from William Tompson (Scarborough) to Benjamin Colman on ecclesiastical matters, 30 Oct.-3 Nov. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from [Benjamin Colman] (Boston) to Francis Wilks on economic matters related to the province, 19 Nov. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Stone (Harwich) to Benjamin Colman on ecclesiastical matters, 30 Nov. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Smith (Falmouth) to Benjamin Colman about church matters related to the Irish ministers, 4 Dec. 1739, enclosed with letter from William Tompson (Scarborough) to Thomas Smith about circulating Colman's statement, 21 Nov. 1739
Box 2Folder 5digitized
digitizedMemorandum by Benjamin Colman of the fund administered for Joseph Torrey's defense of ownership of the ministerial lands at Rhode Island, giving the balance to Thomas Prince, 14 Dec. 1739

Jan.-May 1740digital content

Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman and Joseph Sewall to Hugh Adams about publication of a hymn, [1740]
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedDrafts of letters from Benjamin Colman to Isaac Chauncy about his writing and theological matters, [1740]
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedCopy of letter from George Whitefield (Savannah) on theological matters, in Benjamin Colman's hand, 24 Jan. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Charles Chauncey about meeting with him and other ministers regarding church matters, 12 Feb. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedLetter from William Hooper (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about his controversial sermon, 13 Feb. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to William Hooper on theological matters, 13 Feb. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedPoem: "The transport, to Mr. Pope, on looking again into his Essay on Man," by Benjamin Colman, 14 Feb. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to William Hooper on theological matters, 15 Feb. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedLetter from William Tompson (Scarborough) to Samuel Kneeland about printing Benjamin Colman's letter to Mr. Rutherford, 15 Mar. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedLetter from Samuel Moody (York) to Benjamin Colman thanking him for a charitable gift for his son, 19 Mar. 1740
Box 2Folder 6digitized
digitizedLetter from Nathaniel Stone (Harwich) to Benjamin Colman about church matters, 27 May 1740

July-Dec. 1740digital content

Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedLetter from William Williams (Hatfield) to Benjamin Colman about the effect of George Whitefield's teaching, Methodists, and other church matters, 1 July 1740
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digitizedMemorandum by Benjamin Colman on George Whitefield, Sep. 1740
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digitizedCopy of order by the Massachusetts General Court in regard to the sermon by Benjamin Colman on Samuel Holden, attested by Simon Frost, 4 Sep. 1740
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digitizedLetter from Thomas Coram (London) to Benjamin Colman about funds for his foundling hospital at London and about his wife's death, 13 Sep. 1740
Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to William Harris, Isaac Watts, Daniel Neal, and John Guise describing George Whitefield's first visit to Boston and the reception to his preaching there, 3 Oct. 1740
Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedTestimonial of Boston ministers certifying Robert Abercromby's accreditation to preach, 22 Oct. 1740
Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedLetter from Joseph Lord (Chatham) to Benjamin Colman about his recommendation to Col. Pinkney and the effect of the Whitefield revival, 31 Oct. 1740
Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedLetter from Henry Newman (London) to Benjamin Colman about securing Sir Richard Ellis's library for Harvard, 20 Nov. 1740
Box 2Folder 7digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Sir Richard Ellis asking him to give his library to Harvard College, 1 Dec. 1740

1741digital content

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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to Gov. Belcher about jurisdiction over monies appropriated for military fortification, 26 Jan. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedLetter from Jonathan Edwards (Northampton) to Benjamin Colman about the Great Awakening and the revival of religious spirit, 9 Mar. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedLetter from Jonathan Parsons (Lyme) to Benjamin Colman about the Great Awakening and the revival of religious interest, 27 Apr. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to Gov. William Shirley about Samuel Holden's legacy to New England, 24 May 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Dr. Avery about Gov. Belcher's and Gov. Shirley's support of church positions, 9 June 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman], on behalf of the ministers of Boston, to Joshua Gee and Samuel Mather about the church council's advice on the controversy at the Second Church of Christ, Boston, 19 June 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to the members of the North Church, Boston, about the decision of the church council on the dispute between Joshua Gee and Samuel Mather, 17 July 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman], on behalf of the ministers of Boston, to Gov. William Shirley pledging their support, 17 Aug. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedLetter from Henry Newman (London) to Benjamin Colman about Jonathan Belcher's activities, 16 Sep. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedLetter from Albert Dennie to Benjamin Colman asking permission to live with him, 17 Oct. 1741
Box 2Folder 8digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Edward Holyoke about building a chapel at Harvard College as a gift of the Holden family, 9 Dec. 1741

1742digital content

Box 2Folder 9digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to George Whitefield about his writing, his work in the church, and his popularity and influence, [1742]
Box 2Folder 9digitized
digitizedDraft of report by [Benjamin Colman] of the convention of ministers of Boston and Charlestown admonishing James Davenport of Southold, Long Island, 30 June 1742
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digitizedLetter from Jonathan Parsons (Lyme) to Benjamin Colman about his reception at Boston and theological matters, 29 Dec. 1742

1743digital content

Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to the publishers of the Boston Gazette about libels, with extract from the Life of the Bishop of Peterborough for publication, [1743]
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedWill of Benjamin Colman, witnessed by Ebenezer Hartshorn, Thomas Johnston, Jr., and Jeremiah Osborne, 15 Jan. 1743
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to Gov. William Shirley about scheduling prayer days in the Boston churches, 18 Jan. 1743
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedLetter from Thomas Skinner to Benjamin Colman about the Great Awakening and the separatist movement disrupting the churches, 14 Feb. 1743
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digitizedLetter from John Sergeant (Stockbridge) to Benjamin Colman about his scheme for Indian education, 1 Aug. 1743
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedLetter from Abigail Colman Dennie to her friend Lucinda about a speech to the ladies of Boston and about her husband Albert Dennie, 25 Aug. 1743
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Parsons (Bradford) to Ebenezer Turell about his positions taken at a church council at Concord, 20 Sep. 1743
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedIncomplete memorandum by [Benjamin Colman] about Newbury church matters related to separatists, [Oct. 1743]
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to Benjamin Tappan about the activities of separatists from his church in Newbury and about the revival movement, 29 Oct. 1743
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digitizedNotes by [Benjamin Colman] on William Cooper's last illness and death, 11-13 Dec. 1743
Box 2Folder 10digitized
digitizedTitle page of sermon preached by Benjamin Colman on William Cooper's illness, 12 Dec. 1743
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digitizedLetter of condolence from Margaret Alford (Charlestown) to Benjamin Colman on the death of William Cooper, 19 Dec. 1743

1744-1806digital content

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digitizedLetter from Jeremiah Condy (Boston) to Benjamin Colman about lending him The History of the English Baptists, 8 Nov. 1744
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to George Whitefield about church dissension and the Great Awakening, 14 Jan. 1745
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digitizedLetter from Joseph Standen (Speen) to Benjamin Colman about civil and church unrest, 6 Apr. 1745
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digitizedLetter from Eliza Foye (Boston) to Benjamin Colman asking prayers for her son, 25 May 1745
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman to Rev. Williams about his health, 14 Dec. 1745
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digitizedLetter from William Shirley (Boston) to Benjamin Colman swapping publications of sermons and discourses, 17 Feb. 1746
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Dr. Sewall and others about Jeremiah Allen's proposal on dissenting churches, 26 May 1746
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digitizedLetter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to Samuel Johnson about his system of ethics, 2 June 1746
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digitizedPoem: Lines by [Benjamin Colman] on the occasion of Jonathan Belcher being made captain general of the Jersies, [1747]
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digitizedDraft of letter from [Benjamin Colman] to the editor of the Gazette about countering criticism of New England institutions and sending an address made by him to King George II in 1727 for publication, 17 Jan. 1747
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman (Boston) to the members of the West Church about the ordination of Jonathan Mayhew, June 1747
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digitizedDraft of letter from Benjamin Colman to John Webb asking him to allow George Whitefield to preach in his church, 25 July 1747
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digitizedMinutes of lawsuit over illegally cutting trees in Raynham, Oct. 1763
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digitizedIndex of Colman papers made by T. A., Jr., with extract from the records concerning their gift to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1793 by Peter Thacher, 17 Nov. 1806

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Colman papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.

Persons:

Belcher, Jonathan, 1682-1757.
Cooper, William, 1694-1743.
Coram, Thomas, 1668?-1751.
Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730.
Shute, Samuel, 1662-1742.

Organizations:

Church in Brattle Square (Boston, Mass.).
Harvard College (1636-1780).
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Great Britain).
Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in New England and Parts Adjacent.
Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge.

Subjects:

Church controversies.
Indians of North America--Missions.
Local church councils.
Missionaries--United States.
Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
Presbyterian Church--Doctrines.