COLLECTION GUIDES

1569-1997

Guide to the Collection

Restrictions on Access

The library volumes in this collection (Series XVI) are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.


Collection Summary

Abstract

This collection consists of the records of the Old North Church (Christ Church in the City of Boston), an Episcopal church, 1569-1997. It consists of administrative and financial records, vital records, pew and tomb records, building records, legal records, clergy papers, Sunday school records, records of church clubs and organizations, church publications, and church historians' records.

Historical Timeline

2 Sep. 1722
Subscriptions are invited to sponsor the building of Christ Church, as King's Chapel becomes inadequate for the growing number of Boston Anglicans.
15 Apr. 1723
First stone of Christ Church is laid by Rev. Samuel Myles, rector of King's Chapel.
29 Dec. 1723
Rev. Timothy Cutler leads the first public worship service in Christ Church.
6 Apr. 1724
First vestry meeting and election of officers is held.
1725
Anthony Blount and wife transfer land on which the church stands to the Building Committee, who conveys it to the vestry.
1730
Vestry persuades Gov. Jonathan Belcher to request gifts to the parish from King George II, who over the next three years sends communion silver, a Bible, prayer books, damask, cushions, and vestments.
1736
Charles Wesley, founder of Methodism, preaches at Old North.
First organ is installed by William Claggett.
1740
A steeple is added to the church. Deacon Shem Drowne designs the weathervane.
1745
A "peal of eight bells" is cast by Abel Rudhall of Gloucester, England.
1746
Four wooden cherubim are seized from a French ship on its way to Quebec by the Queen of Hungary, a privateer owned by Capt. Thomas Gruchy, and they are brought to the church.
1750
15-year-old Paul Revere, a founding member of a guild of bell-ringers, signs a contract to ring bells at Christ Church.
1759
Thomas Johnston of Boston completes a commission to build a new organ for the church.
1768
Rev. Mather Byles, Jr. becomes rector.
18 Apr. 1775
Sexton Robert Newman hangs two lanterns in the Old North steeple as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were traveling up the Charles River to Cambridge to march on Lexington.
Apr. 1775-Aug. 1778
The church is closed during the American Revolution.
1778
Rev. Stephen Christopher Lewis, deputy chaplain to General Burgoyne, takes oath of allegiance to the United States and becomes rector.
1786
Rev. William Montague becomes rector.
1792
Rev. William Walter becomes rector.
1801
Rev. Samuel Haskell becomes rector.
Oct. 1804
Original steeple is blown down by a hurricane.
1805
Rev. Asa Eaton becomes rector.
1806
New steeple is erected, reportedly from a drawing by Charles Bullfinch.
Box pews are replaced by "slip pews," but retain old doors and paneling.
1810
Salem Street Academy, a schoolhouse on the north side of the church property, is built.
1815
Salem Street Academy begins Boston's first Sunday school, opening its doors to children throughout the city.
A bust of George Washington is given to the church by Shubael Bell.
1817
President James Monroe receives holy communion at the church.
1824
General Lafayette visits the church and comments on the bust of Washington.
1829
Rev. William Croswell becomes rector.
1830
Interior of church is repaired and improved.
1832
Christ Church Missionary Society is founded.
1834
Exterior of church is repaired, and a new building is erected on the east side of the church for Sunday school.
1840
Rev. John Woart becomes rector.
1847
Steeple is removed for repairs and replaced.
1853
Rev. William T. Smithett becomes rector.
1854-1855
Church becomes embroiled in a series of lawsuits between opposing factions of the church, in what becomes known as the "Smithett controversy."
1861
Rev. John Thompson Burrell becomes rector.
1868
Rev. Henry Burroughs becomes rector.
1882
Rev. William Henry Munroe becomes rector.
Opposing factions again vie for control of the church, taking the dispute to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. The Christ Church Defensive Association is formed.
1893
Rev. Charles Williams Duane becomes rector.
1912
Under Rt. Rev. William Lawrence, Bishop of Massachusetts as rector ex-officio, the church is renovated.
Theodore Roosevelt attends service at the church.
1914
Rev. William Herbert Dewart becomes rector.
1915
Christ Church Women's Guild is founded to raise money for the church through charitable events.
1918
An Italian Protestant chapel, the Chapel of St. Francis, is erected on the south side of church property for Italian Waldensians.
1919
Women's Guild assumes management of "The House by the Side of the Road."
1920
Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks at the church.
1923
Herman Schlicker restores the 1759 organ to its original mechanical key action.
Vice President Calvin Coolidge speaks at the church's 200th anniversary.
1927
Ven. Ernest Joseph Dennen becomes rector.
The Lantern League is formed by Rev. Dennen to raise money to preserve the church.
1930
Rev. Francis Ellsworth Webster becomes rector.
George Robert White Fund is founded, sponsoring "urban renewal" and the construction of the Paul Revere mall.
1939
Christ Church modifies its administrative structure, as it is no longer organized as a parish. Rev. Webster becomes vicar; Bishop Henry Knox Sherrill becomes rector.
1941
Rev. William Henry Paine Hatch becomes vicar.
1946
Rev. Charles Russell Peck becomes vicar.
1946-1947
Christ Church forms a new corporation, becoming "Christ Church in the City of Boston," with new constitution and by-laws, eliminating wardens and vestry as church officers.
Aug. 1954
Steeple falls in Hurricane Carol.
May 1955
New steeple is completed after Rev. Peck and Lantern League hold national fundraising campaign; contributions are received from around the country.
1956
Rev. Howard Pearson Kellett becomes vicar.
1958
Corporation purchases Clough House at 21 Unity St. from the White Fund under the urging of Rev. Kellett.
1966
Old North Church receives Massachusetts Historic Landmark certification.
1971
Rev. Robert W. Golledge becomes vicar.
1973
250th anniversary celebration is held, including a re-enactment of the laying of the first stone and a visit by the Bishop of Norwich.
18 Apr. 1975
President Gerald Ford comes to Old North to begin America's Bicentennial celebration; hangs "Third Lantern."
11 July 1976
Queen Elizabeth II visits Old North as part of the American Bicentennial.
1997
Rev. Stephen T. Ayers becomes vicar.

Collection Description

The records of the Old North Church (Christ Church in the City of Boston) consist of 52 boxes, 75 cased volumes, and six oversize boxes, spanning the years 1685-1997. The collection has been organized into sixteen series: Administrative records; Financial records; Baptism, marriage, and burial records; Pew records; Tomb records; Building records; Legal records; Clergy papers; Sunday school records; Church clubs and organizations; Church services and special events; Church publications; Church historians' records; Ecclesiastical volumes; Unrelated or unidentified volumes; and Church library volumes (stored offsite).

Best known as the church in which sexton Robert Newman on 18 April 1775 hung two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that British soldiers were proceeding "by sea" across the Charles on their way to Lexington, the Old North has forever after been linked with the beginnings of the American Revolutionary War. The records of the Old North Church, however, date from the church's founding in 1722, when Anglican worshipers from the crowded King's Chapel in Boston solicited contributions for its construction. The church's long and varied history can best be documented by its administrative records, including wardens' and vestry records; proprietors' records; reports of the wardens, treasurers, clergy, and committees; and the correspondence of church officers. Also contained here is the ca. 1750 bell-ringing contract signed by Paul Revere, one of the only documents in the collection associated with Revere.

In addition to administrative records, the early, pre-Revolutionary period of church history is well documented in several series. Financial records include wardens' and treasurers' account books, loose accounts and receipts, and subscription and contribution records. Many of these records relate to the early construction and organization of the church. Building records include 1729 contracts with "joyner" Thomas Tippen for interior construction of the church, as well as correspondence and contracts with Abel Rudhall of Gloucester, England, for "a peal of eight bells." Ecclesiastical volumes within this collection include the Bible and three of the prayer books presented to Christ Church by King George II in 1733. Known as the "Vinegar" Bible, the 1717 volume is one of eight known editions that contain a misprint referring to the "parable of the vinegar" instead of the "parable of the vineyard." Also of interest is the 1731 prayer book in which pieces of paper were pasted over prayers for the king of England and his ministers in 1779, and prayers for the president and the United States were written over them. Other than the "revised" prayer book, however, few other Revolutionary War-era documents exist within the collections of Old North, largely because the church's doors were closed between April 1775 and August 1778.

Records of individual parishioners of interest to genealogists and family historians can be found in the baptism, marriage, and burial records; pew records; tomb records; deeds; and subscribers lists. In addition, Sunday school attendance rolls and registers record the names of hundreds of children from Boston's North End and all of Boston that attended Christ Church Sunday School throughout the mid- to late-19th century.

The records also provide evidence of Christ Church's changing relationship with its surrounding community in Boston's North End. An 18th-century book of poor records contains lists of contributions to local paupers, mentioned by name. By the early 19th century, however, the church was in poor financial condition itself as it struggled to maintain its physical building with a dwindling number of proprietors. Few organized charitable efforts are found within the records. One exception was the Sunday School Fragment Society, whose records chronicle members' efforts to sew appropriate clothing for poor children to wear to Sunday school, as long as the children returned the clothing by Monday morning. Early 20th-century administrative and legal records detail the relations between the church and its increasingly Italian Catholic neighborhood, as the church attempted to purchase and tear down tenement buildings, while at the same time sending social workers into the community. The records of the Women's Guild and their "House by the Side of the Road" committee illustrate these efforts to support local social work.

More than any other theme to be found within this collection, the records of the Old North Church illustrate the church's ongoing awareness of its significant role in the history of Revolutionary-era Boston. Church leaders and historians were conscious of the church's historical significance from at least the early 1800s. Throughout its history, major construction projects were undertaken to protect the church's original structure, and building records detail the restoration of the steeple in both 1846 and 1954, major interior and exterior renovations in 1911, and later preservation efforts. Records of the clergy contain numerous sermons and speeches that extol the church's history, and historians' records meticulously chronicle every detail of the church's past, providing a rich and thorough source for researchers. Most significant are the works of historian Thomas Hall, including his "Indexes" and "Summaries," which served as a basis for much of the later research on the history of the church; the research notes of historian Charles K. Bolton; and the numerous published and unpublished manuscripts of Mary K. D. Babcock.

The transition of Old North Church from an Episcopal parish to a popular national historic landmark is especially evident in the mid-20th-century papers of Charles R. Peck (vicar from 1946-1956), Howard P. Kellett (vicar from 1956-1971), and Robert W. Golledge (vicar from 1971-1996). After Old North's incorporation in 1947, clergy increasingly took a managerial role in the church, and the vicars' administrative correspondence, subject files, and even sermons and writings were increasingly involved with historical subjects, with preservation issues, and with presenting Old North as a popular historic site. In addition, fundraising correspondence in the records of the Lantern League, as well as church scrapbooks and newspaper articles, illustrate the growing national interest in Old North Church that culminated in its pivotal role in the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations in 1975-1976.

Arrangement

In addition to records held continually by the church until their deposit at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2004-2006, portions of the Old North Church records were housed at the Boston Athenaeum in the 1930s and were later transferred to the archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. At each institution, records were arranged, numbered, and stored in various manners, and evidence of these earlier systems (such as earlier volume numbers) can often still be seen. A list of volumes as they were formerly numbered, along with their current locations in this collection, can be found after the detailed list of the collection's contents.

Acquisition Information

The records of the Old North Church were placed on deposit at the Massachusetts Historical Society in three installments: in January and March 2004, and in March 2006. Additions to church historians' records were deposited in November 2014.

Restrictions on Access

The library volumes in this collection (Series XVI) are stored offsite and must be requested at least one business day in advance. Contact the Library at library@masshist.org or (617) 536-1608 to request materials. Please discuss your request with the reading room staff before requesting cartons by barcode.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative records, 1722-1997

This series contains material relating to the organization and administration of Christ Church. It consists of wardens' and vestry meeting minutes; proprietors' meeting minutes; reports to the proprietors from wardens, treasurers, collectors, clergy, and various committees; and the correspondence of church officers and clergy. Administrative records consist of both bound and loose records. Significant early documents include a letter to Timothy Cutler inviting him to become rector of Christ Church (1722); a draft of a letter from Christ Church to the Duke of Grafton requesting royal gifts for the church (1722); a receipt for the silver, Bible, and prayer books that were the gifts of King George II (1733); and a contract between the church wardens and a bell ringing society signed by Paul Revere (ca. 1750). Very few records exist between the years 1775 and 1778, when the church ceased operation during the Revolutionary War.

Later administrative records chronicle church controversies in 1854 and 1882, as well as changes in church government in 1912 and 1947. Although few administrative records can be found in this series for the years 1913-1925, six scrapbooks compiled by Charles Bolton cover the years 1912 to 1938 and contain numerous letters, reports, and other administrative documents collected during Bolton's tenure as senior warden. (See Series XIII.I.)

In general, correspondence of the church's early clergy relating to church administration can be found here, while any existing personal correspondence is located in Series VIII. Clergy papers. With the church's corporate restructuring in 1947, however, the clergy assumed much of the administrative responsibility formerly held by the wardens and vestry, and administrative records increasingly become a part of the papers of the clergy, especially within the papers of Rev. Charles R. Peck (Series VIII.B.), Rev. Howard P. Kellett (Series VIII.C.), and Rev. Robert W. Golledge (Series VIII.D.).

From 1947 until 1959, administrative records of the church were also kept by Harriet Cazmay, clerk of the corporation. Organized chronologically and numbered by page, they make up the bulk of administrative records from this time period and have been kept within this series in the order that she filed them.

For additional administrative records, see also Series VIII.B. Rev. Charles R. Peck papers; Series VIII.C. Rev. Howard Kellett papers; Series VIII.D. Rev. Robert Golledge papers; and Series XIII.I. Charles Bolton scrapbooks.

A. Volumes, 1724-1946

i. Wardens' and vestry record volumes, 1724-1946

Arranged chronologically.

The vestry is a body of lay members elected by the congregation to conduct the secular business of the church. The leading members of the vestry, the junior and senior wardens, handled the church's administrative affairs, primarily church property including deeds for tombs and pews, rental property, the collection of rents and weekly offertories, and the physical maintenance and repair of the church and its buildings. Early wardens also assumed the role of church treasurer.

Wardens' and vestry records include meeting minutes and correspondence, as well as wardens' reports given to proprietors at their annual Easter meeting beginning in 1839. Wardens' reports consist of offertory totals, rents, expenditures on the physical structure of the church and its rental properties, income from legacies, and other items. Although early reports are primarily financial, by the 1870s they were often narrative in style and are a good source of information for church history. The wardens and vestry served as church officers until the church was incorporated as "Christ Church in the City of Boston" in 1947.

For wardens' ledgers and accounts, see Series II. Financial records.

Vol. 1 (XT)
Vestry book, 1724-1802

"Christ Church Vestry Book of Votes" contains accounts of vestry meetings and copies of correspondence. It includes records relating to the dispute with Rev. Mather Byles over salary through the early 1770s. There are no entries from 1774-1779. The volume contains an index.

Use of this volume is restricted. Use photocopy (Vol. 2).

Vol. 2 (XT)
Vestry book (bound photocopy), 1724-1802
Box 1Folder 1
Index to vestry book (Vols. 1 and 2), 1724-1802
Vol. 3 (XT)
Wardens' and vestry records, 1854-1871
Vol. 4 (XT)
Wardens' and vestry records, 1854-1861

This volume is a copy of Vol. 3 up to 1861.

Vol. 5 (XT)
Wardens' and vestry records, 1871-1895
Vol. 6 (XT)
Wardens' and vestry records, 1896-1946

Many items are pasted into this volume, including correspondence, programs, and newspaper clippings.

Box 1Folders 2-3
Papers removed from wardens' and vestry records, 1896-1946

ii. Proprietors' record volumes, 1724-1946

Arranged chronologically.

Proprietors are pew owners and voting members of the congregation. Proprietors' records contain annual and special proprietors' meeting minutes, committee meeting records, reports, contracts, correspondence, pew records, election records, and by-laws. Proprietors served as the governing body of the church until it was incorporated as "Christ Church in the City of Boston" in 1947.

Vol. 7
Church [proprietors'] records, 1724-1806

This volume also contains pew records.

Vol. 8 (OS)
Proprietors' records (photocopy), 1724-1776

This bound photocopy of the first part of Volume 7 is for research use.

Box 1Folder 4
Index to proprietors' records, 1724-1776
Vol. 9 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1806-1840

This volume includes plans of the tombs and pews.

Vol. 10 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1840-1854
Vol. 11 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1855-1857

This volume contains meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence relating to the "Smithett controversy."

Vol. 12 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1854-1875
Vol. 13 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1875-1911
Vol. 14 (XT)
Proprietors' records, 1911-1946

Many items are pasted into this volume, including reports and newspaper clippings.

Box 1Folder 5
Papers removed from proprietors' records, 1911-1946

B. Loose administrative records, 1722-1997

Arranged chronologically.

The bulk of this sub-series consists of reports to proprietors at their annual meeting on Easter Monday each year beginning in 1839 from wardens, collectors, auditors, treasurers, and various committees. (Some of these reports are duplicates of those found in the bound volumes listed above.) Also included is correspondence between clergy and church officers, as well as between church leaders, parishioners, and others outside the church. A letter index contains a partial listing of subjects and authors of letters written from 1830-1938. Researchers can access letters listed here by the year in which they were written.

"Papers relating to dressing the church for Christmas, 1844-1850" consist of documents organized in a separate packet relating to the purchase of greenery, banners, and other decorations purchased each year to celebrate the Christmas season.

Box 1Folders 6-39
1722-1844
Box 2
1845-1872
Box 3
1873-1884
Box 4
1885-1908
Box 5
1909-1947
Box 6Folders 1-38
1948-1997
Box 6Folder 39
Letter index (partial), 1830-1938
Box 6Folder 40
"Papers relating to dressing the church for Christmas, 1844-1850"

II. Financial records, 1722-1963

A. Wardens' and treasurers' account books, 1722-1934

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series consists of account books kept by the church's wardens and treasurers. Many early account books overlap in their coverage of years or financial transactions, some listing debits and credits chronologically, others listing them by individual debtor or creditor. A few contain expenses relating to the original building of the church, along with various notes, lists, and meeting records. They have been described individually below.

Until the mid-19th century, the junior warden usually functioned as the church's treasurer, keeping lists of subscribers, offertory totals, records of pew purchases and taxes, building accounts, and other financial records. In 1801, the church voted to elect a treasurer, although few formal records exist until 1819. Before this date, it is often difficult to determine whether records were kept by the warden or the treasurer. From 1820 to 1831, for example, Thomas Clark served as both senior warden and treasurer.

Vol. 15 (XT)
Book of Accounts, 1722-1758

This volume appears to be the first book of church records. It begins with Rev. Samuel Myles's 22 Sep. 1722 announcement of a subscription to form a new church and the formation of a committee to receive funds. Also included are general accounts, a 1735 inventory of "all the plate, ornaments, and all other utensils belonging to Christ Church," lists of subscribers to various causes, a 1736 list of proprietors of pews, accounts relating to the organ (1736), a calligraphic list of mottos and subscribers for the church bells (1744-1746), a library catalog of "folios and quartos," and accounts of pew taxes.

Box 7Folder 1
Church records book #1 ("A"), 1722-1731

Described as "Document No. 1 for History of Christ Church, Boston" by a later hand, the first half of this booklet contains numbered transactions corresponding to the numbered receipts located in Series II.C. Accounts and receipts. These are mostly building and construction expenses. The second half of the book covers the same time period, but corresponds to expenses that appear in Account Book D in a different format. The booklet also contains a copy of the "proclamation" to build Christ Church, a list of subscribers, and early pew purchases.

Box 7Folder 2
Account book ("C"), 1722-1729

This booklet contains primarily individual accounts, listed by names of subscribers, workmen, and merchants. Also included are several pew accounts (1723-1729) and an "account of gifts." An index to this book is found at the beginning of book "G."

Box 7Folder 3
Account book ("E"), 1722-1732

Included here are accounts of the treasurer of the building committee.

Box 7Folder 4
Account book ("G"), 1723-1733

This booklet contains the same accounts as Book "C," but they are recorded differently. It contains an index in the front which actually refers to pages in Book "C" rather than "G."

Box 7Folder 5
Account book ("D"), 1724-1730

"D" contains the records of wardens Gillam Phillips and George Monk concerning the building of the church. It also includes building accounts (1724-1730), wardens' meetings about church construction, other accounts with the building committee and its treasurer, a record of a 1729 vestry meeting, lists of subscribers, and a copy of the articles of agreement with carpenter Thomas Tippen.

See Series VI.A. Early building records for original articles of agreement.

Box 7Folder 6
Warden's account book, 1724-1731

This book contains accounts kept by warden William Patton.

Box 7Folder 7
Warden's account book, 1730-1731

This book contains accounts kept by warden George Monk.

Box 7Folder 8
Warden's cash book ("F"), 1733-1741

In 1733, the vestry voted that a cash box containing the church's money be kept under the control of the senior warden and that the two wardens meet once a month to settle their accounts, any leftover cash to be locked in the box. This book is an account of those meetings, although only a few pages are filled.

Box OS 1
Warden's receipt book (photocopy), 1733-1760

Due to severe mildew, this volume was photocopied and the original volume was removed from the collection.

Box 7Folder 9
Warden's account book, 1760
Vol. 16 (OS)
Treasurer's account book with proprietors, 1760-1823

This large volume lists taxes and contributions by pew, as well as warden's accounts by year.

Use of this volume is restricted. Use photocopy (Vol. 17).

Vol. 17 (XT)
Treasurer's account book with proprietors (photocopy), 1760-1823

Photocopy of Vol. 16 for research use.

Box 7Folder 10
Warden's account book, 1767-1768

This booklet contains the accounts of warden Thomas Ivers.

Box 7Folder 11
Account book, 1812-1815
Vol. 18
Treasurer's account book with proprietors, 1819-1833

This volume contains general accounts and pew accounts.

Vol. 19
Treasurer's account book with proprietors, 1835-1844
Vol. 20
Treasurer's account book with proprietors, 1844-1852
Vol. 21
Treasurer's account book with proprietors, 1852-1857
Vol. 22 (XT)
Treasurer's account book, 1857-1870
Box 7Folder 12
Treasurer's account book, 1866-1867
Box 7Folders 13-15
Collector's account book, 1868-1870

This book is warden John Fox's record of offertories, rents and costs for property maintenance and repair, and property taxes.

Vol. 23 (XT)
Treasurer's account book, 1870-1873
Vol. 24 (XT)
Treasurer's account book, 1873-1901
Box 7Folder 16
Papers removed from treasurer's account books (Vols. 18-24), 1812-1898
Vol. 25 (XT)
Warden's cash book, 1889-1905
Vol. 26 (XT)
Warden's ledger, 1889-1911

This volume includes records for the Burroughs Fund for the poor, contributions, offertories, property maintenance and repair, renters' accounts (the bulk of the volume), the poor box, and the sale of the pamphlet "A Visit to Christ Church."

Vol. 27 (XT)
Treasurer's records, 1900-1932

This volume is the cash book of treasurer William A. Carrie.

Vol. 28 (XT)
Warden's cash book, 1905-1911

This volume is the cash book of warden Thomas Hall.

Vol. 29 (XT)
Treasurer's records, 1932-1934

This volume is the journal of treasurer Campbell Bosson.

B. Loose treasurers' accounts, 1808-1840

Arranged chronologically.

Included here are summary accounts and ledger sheets of church expenses, as reported by the church treasurer.

Box 7Folders 17-21

C. General accounts and receipts, 1722-1955

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series includes receipts for a single transaction or running accounts with a single individual or company. Some of the earliest receipts (1722-1732) were numbered and placed in individual paper folders in 1733 or 1734 by vestry clerk Francis Beteilhe, who was paid by the vestry to organize the church's accounts. The numbers on the receipt folders correspond to the numbered transactions in Account Book "A." These relate primarily to building expenses. It is unclear why some early receipts were numbered and others were not.

Box 7Folders 22-27
1722- July 1723
Box 8
Aug. 1723-Apr. 1729
Box 9
May 1729-Dec. 1819
Box 10
1820-1830
Box 11
1831-1845
Box 12
1846-1868
Box 13
1869-1892
Box 14
1893-1907
Box 15Folders 1-16
1908-1955
Box 15Folder 17
Receipt book, Feb. 1868-June 1870
Box 15Folder 18
Receipt book, July 1870-Apr. 1874

D. Subscription and contribution records, 1722-1962

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains subscription lists, in which church members or patrons pledge money for a particular cause. Many of these lists contain the original signatures of the contributors. Lists include subscriptions for building Christ Church (1722-1723), for the "subsistence of Rev. Mr. Cutler while in London" (1723), for building the altar and pulpit (1729-1730), for paving Salem St. (1732), for building the steeple (1740), and for church and steeple repair (1805), as well as various other causes.

Contribution books, also included here, are a record of contributions given during Sunday worship services, listed by pew number. These records were kept by the warden.

Box 15Folders 19-25
Lists of subscribers, 1722-1743
Box OS 1
Lists of subscribers, 1723-1746
Box 15Folder 26
Contribution book, 1760-1761
Box 15Folder 27
Contribution book, 1761-1763
Box 15Folder 28
Contribution book, 1763-1764
Box 15Folder 29
Contribution book, 1765-1766
Box 15Folder 30
Contribution book, 1766-1767
Box 15Folder 31
Contribution books, 1767-1768
Box 15Folder 32
Contribution book, 1768-1769
Box OS 1
Contribution book (photocopy), 1768-1769
Box 15Folder 33
Contribution book, 1769-1770
Box 15Folder 34
Lists of subscribers, 1781-1783
Box 15Folder 35
Contribution records, 1797-1811
Box 15Folder 36
Lists of subscribers, 1805-1806
Box 15Folder 37
Contribution book, 1812
Vol. 30
Contribution book, 1812-1815
Box 15Folder 38
Lists of subscribers, 1820-1840
Box 16Folder 1
Lists of subscribers, 1841-1847
Box 16Folder 2
Subscription book, 1841-1847
Box 16Folders 3-4
Subscription books [to rebuild spire], 1847-1848
Box 16Folder 5
Subscription lists, 1848-1853
Box 16Folders 6-8
Attendance and offertories, 1877-1909
Box 16Folder 9
Subscription book, 1911
Box 16Folders 10-11
Subscription lists, 1911-1913
Vol. 31
"Descendants of Paul Revere who Contributed to Restoration of Christ Church Steeple," 1912

This volume contains an alphabetical list of contributors written in calligraphy. It was given to the church by Bishop William Lawrence's estate.

Box 16Folder 12
Lists of contributors, 1931
Vol. 32 (XT)
"Book of Patriots," 1962

This volume contains lists of donors who contributed to purchasing the painting Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by William Robinson Leigh. The list is written in calligraphy. This painting is currently on deposit at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

E. Pew tax records, 1744-1955

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains records of the annual tax or "rent" collected annually on each pew, usually listed only by pew number. Pew taxes were collected by the senior warden until 1869, when a separate office of collector was created.

For listings of pews by owners' names and locations, see Series IV. Pew records. For money contributed to the church by pewholders other than for taxes, see Series II.D. Subscription and contribution records.

Box OS 1
Pew tax receipt book, 1744-1750
Box 16Folders 13-29
Pew tax records, 1819-1955

F. Bonds and notes, 1725-1853

Arranged chronologically.

The bonds and notes in this sub-series are essentially loan instruments taken out by the wardens and vestry to help build and maintain the church. Funds were obtained primarily from individuals, but also from the Boston Episcopal Charitable Society.

Box OS 1
Wardens' and vestry bonds, 1725-1741
Box 16Folders 30-31
Wardens' and vestry bonds, 1741-1787
Box 16Folders 32-35
Wardens' promissory notes, 1829-1853

G. Rental property records, 1821-1912

Included in this sub-series are records pertaining to rental properties on Chambers and Salem Sts. managed by the wardens to generate income for the church.

See also Series VII.C. Legal records--Deeds.

i. Chambers St. property, 1821-1912

Arranged chronologically by subject.

This section contains papers relating to the management of the Chambers St. rental properties. In March 1928, the proprietors created a committee to manage and lease the property on Chambers St. in Boston left to them by Mrs. Jane Keene Richardson. As trustees of the Richardson legacy, the wardens leased the property at #31 and #33 Chambers St., later adding additional buildings. The property was sold in 1912. For expenses related to repairs and improvements on the Chambers St. property, see Series II.C. Accounts and receipts for years 1851-1852, 1863, 1880, and 1882-1883.

Box 16Folder 36
Will of Jane Richardson, 1824
Box 16Folders 37-38
Richardson estate settlement, 1821-1829
Box 16Folders 39-40
Leases, 1828-1892
Box 16Folders 41-44
Trustees' reports and records, 1829-1894
Box 17Folder 1
Trustees' reports and records, 1895-1910
Box 17Folder 2
Papers relating to sale, 1912

ii. Salem St. property, 1848-1870

Arranged chronologically by subject.

This section contains papers relating to the management of the Salem St. rental properties. The 1848 building records primarily consist of proposals from architects and contractors to tear down existing structures and rebuild on the land owned by the church. Although #177 Salem St. was at one time occupied by the rector, other houses on the property, as well as a house at the rear of #193 Salem St., were used as rental property.

Box 17Folder 3
Building records, 1848
Box 17Folder 4
Leases, 1849-1867
Box 17Folder 5
Rental receipt stubs, 1862-1870

H. Savings and investment records, 1893-1956

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains bank books and investment records of the church, many relating to funds established for specific purposes.

Box 17Folder 6
Bank book, North End Savings Bank, 1893-1935
Box 17Folder 7
Wardens' trust, 1924
Box 17Folder 8
Suffolk Savings bank book, 1934-1948

"Emergency Reserve #2."

Box 17Folder 9
State St. Trust bank book, 1944-1955

"Organ Fund."

Box 17Folder 10
State St. Trust bank book, 1950-1955

"Friends of Christ Church."

Box 17Folder 11
State St. Trust bank book, 1954-1955

"Special Fund."

Box 17Folder 12
State St. Trust bank book, 1955

"Good Neighbor Fund."

Box 17Folders 13-16
Investment funds, 1940-1956

I. Insurance records, 1873-1955

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains fire insurance policies, property inventories, accounts, and correspondence relating to the church's insurance coverage.

Box 17Folders 17-24
Insurance policies, 1873-1928
Box 17Folder 25
Property inventories, 1912-1923
Box 17Folders 26-27
Insurance accounts and coverages, 1947-1950
Box 17Folders 28-29
Correspondence, 1947-1955
Box 17Folders 30-31
Church Fire Insurance Corp. papers, 1948-1955

J. Legacies and bequests, 1735-1959

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Located in this sub-series are records pertaining to legacies and bequests given to Christ Church for its support. Records include wills and estate papers, account books, trustees' reports, receipts, and correspondence. Significant contributions include the legacy of Mrs. Katharine Farnham Hay, who bequeathed $1,000 to the church to invest for the purchase of a parsonage; the $5,000 bequest of Lydia Loring, with which the church purchased property on Hillside Dr. (later Wait St.); the Price Lecture Fund, which in 1771 provided money to support eight sermons a year, to be preached by ministers of King's Chapel, Christ Church, and Trinity Church in Boston; the bequest of Bishop Samuel G. Babcock, who left $1,000 to endow Pew #26 as a free pew; and the $1,000 bequest of Bishop Babcock's wife, church historian Mary Kent Davey Babcock, who left $1,000 to add historical plaques and details to the church.

For records of the Jane Keene Richardson bequest, see Series II.G. Rental property records--Chambers St. property.

i. Price Lecture fund, 1771, 1948-1954

Box 17Folder 32
Will of William Price, 1771
Box 17Folder 33
Papers relating to Price Lecture fund, 1948-1954

ii. Hay legacy, 1826-1948

Box 17Folder 34
Will of Katharine Hay, 1826
Box 17Folder 35
Katharine Hay biographical material, 1912-1948
Box 17Folder 36
Trustees' account book, 1827-1877
Box 17Folders 37-39
Trustees' reports, 1829-1880
Box 17Folder 40
Wardens' notes, 1847-1861

iii. James Bangs annuity, 1827-1832

Box 17Folder 41

iv. William Howard legacy, 1875-1891

Box 18Folder 1

v. Lydia Loring trust, 1879-1910

Box 18Folder 2
Deed of trust, 1879-1881
Box 18Folder 3
Deed to Hillside St. (38 Wait St.), 1881
Box 18Folders 4-6
Trustees' reports and records, 1879-1910
Box 18Folder 7
Wait St. papers, 1892-1896

vi. Atkinson trust fund, 1892-1910

Box 18Folder 8

vii. Samuel G. Babcock fund, 1947-1949

Box 18Folder 9

viii. Mary K. D. Babcock fund, 1948-1949

Box 18Folder 10

ix. J. H. Means fund, 1950-1955

Box 18Folder 11

x. Miscellaneous legacies and bequests, 1735-1959

Box 18Folders 12-14

K. Gift shop records, 1935-1963

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series includes gift shop account books containing lists of items sold and numbers of visitors, as well as receipts for gift shop items and contracts with vendors.

Box 18Folder 15
Account book, 1935-1937
Box 18Folder 16
Account book, 1945-1947
Box 18Folder 17
Account book, 1959
Box 18Folder 18
Petty cash book, 1960
Box 18Folder 19
Miscellaneous papers, 1947-1955
Box 18Folders 20-21
Receipts, 1963

L. Miscellaneous financial records, 1733-1958

Arranged chronologically.

Among the miscellaneous financial records of Christ Church is a book of "Poor accounts" showing money disbursed to "the poor of Christ Church in Boston," raised largely from weekly offertories. Recipients are listed by name.

Also found here are papers relating to the estate of Shubael Bell. Bell was senior warden from 1812 until his death in 1819 and, as such, held a number of the church books, receipts, and tomb deed payments. After his death, the church appointed a committee to accept the records and monies belonging to the church that were then held by Bell's estate.

See also receipts collected by Shubael Bell in Series V. Tomb records.

Vol. 33
Poor accounts, 1733-1759
Box 18Folder 22
Papers relating to the estate of Shubael Bell, 1812-1819
Box 18Folder 23
Tax abatement correspondence and certificate, 1954-1955
Box 18Folder 24
Miscellaneous financial records, 1948-1958

III. Baptism, marriage, and burial records (parish registers), 1723-1970

Arranged chronologically.

This section contains the baptism, marriage, and burial records of Christ Church, held within a series of bound registers dating from 1723 to 1970. Also in this series are several typed and handwritten indexes to records in Vols. 34 and 36 (1723-1881). The series also includes the work of church historian Mary K. D. Babcock, who created transcripts and indexes of all baptism, marriage, and burial records from 1723 to 1775, as well as separate listings for African-American records.

Volumes 39 and 40, which hold records from 1882 to 1970, contain much more detailed information than earlier registers. Baptism records include date and place of birth, names of parents, and sponsors. Marriage records include date and place, ages, residences, places of birth, occupations, and parents' names. Burial records include date of burial and date of death, age, residency, cause of death, and place of burial. A separate index of baptisms and burials is contained with each of these two volumes.

Vol. 34 (XT)
Clark's register, 1723-1851
Vol. 35
Index to records of baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1723-1851

This volume is a typed index to Vol. 34.

Box 18Folder 25
Index to baptisms at Christ Church, 1723-1775
Box 18Folders 26-29
Typed transcription of baptism records, 1723-1775
Box 18Folder 30
Typed transcription of African-American baptisms, 1725-1775
Box 18Folder 31
Index to marriage records, 1723-1775
Box 18Folder 32
Typed transcription of marriage records, 1723-1775
Box 18Folder 33
Typed transcription of African-American marriages, 1736-1774
Box 19Folder 1
Index to burial records, 1723-1775
Box 19Folders 2-3
Typed transcription of burial records, 1724-1775
Box 19Folder 4
Typed transcription of African-American burials, 1733-1774
Vol. 36 (XT)
Parish register, 1829-1881
Vol. 37 (XT)
Index of baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1723-1881

This is a handwritten index of Vols. 34 and 36.

Vol. 38
Baptisms, marriages, and burials, 1860-1863

The volume contains very few entries.

Vol. 39 (XT)
Parish register, 1882-1970

This register lists baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials, but contains very few entries after about 1917. An index is with the volume.

Vol. 40 (XT)
Parish register, 1918-1961

This register lists baptisms, confirmations, marriages, and burials. An index is with the volume.

Box 19Folder 5
Papers removed from parish register (Vol. 40), 1890-1961

These records include marriage certificates, burial certificates, and certificates of transfer.

Box 19Folder 6
Miscellaneous baptism, marriage, or burial papers, 1846-1956

IV. Pew records, 1724-1960

For pew tax records listing the amount of annual tax due by pew number, see Series II.E. Financial records--Pew taxes.

A. Pew deeds, 1724-1945

Arranged chronologically by record format.

Pew deeds in this sub-series, returned to the church once pews were sold or given up by their owners, were retained in several formats. Most 18th-century deeds were arranged in two scrapbooks by the church historian in 1938. These deeds have been removed from the scrapbooks for preservation purposes, but their order has been retained. Other pew deeds were retained as loose records, but most 19th- and 20th-century deeds were bound into volumes. New pew deeds were issued (and old deeds recalled) after major church restorations in 1806 and 1912. This sub-series also includes quit-claim deeds issued by the church to pew owners who returned their pew deeds in the late 1800s.

For a more complete list of pew owners and dates of ownership, see Series IV.C. Pew and proprietors lists. See also Charles K. Bolton's manuscript notes "Early Pew Owners" (1945) in Series XIII.E. Church historians' records--Charles K. Bolton papers.

Box 19Folders 7-13
Pew deeds from Scrapbook #1, 1724-1734
Box 19Folders 14-20
Pew deeds from Scrapbook #2, 1724-1788
Box 19Folder 21
Loose pew deeds, 1724-1738
Box 19Folders 22-39
Loose pew deeds, 1806-1927
Vol. 41 (XT)
Pew deeds, 1806-1853
Vol. 42 (XT)
Pew deeds, 1870-1884
Vol. 43 (XT)
Pew deeds, 1885-1911
Vol. 44 (XT)
Pew deeds, 1912-1945
Box 19Folder 40
Pew quit-claim deeds, 1860-1878

B. Papers relating to pew ownership, 1756-1960

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series includes correspondence and records of votes relating to the purchase, sale, and improvement of church pews.

Box 19Folders 41-42
Papers relating to pews, 1756-1831
Box 20Folders 1-9
Papers relating to pews, 1832-1960

C. Pew and proprietors lists, 1806-1952

Arranged chronologically.

Included in this sub-series are two pew owner card files, listing pew owners from 1806 to 1868 and from 1868 to 1911. Both sets contain an alphabetical index. The cards are numbered by pew, identifying pew owners and the amount paid by them. The sub-series also contains several lists of pew owners, in some cases including place of residence.

Box 20Folder 10
Index to pew owners card file, 1806-1868
Box 20Folders 11-14
Pew owners card file, 1806-1868
Box 20Folder 15
Index to pew owners card file, 1868-1911
Box 20Folders 16-18
Pew owners card file, 1868-1911
Box 20Folders 19-23
Pew lists, 1806-1952
Box 20Folder 24
Clerk's book/list of pew owners, 1933

D. Pew plans, 1724-1811

Arranged chronologically.

Pew plans in this sub-series consist of illustrations of the pew arrangement from 1724 to 1806, copied at a later time from original sources.

Box 20Folder 25

V. Tomb records, 1808-1852

Arranged chronologically.

Thirty-seven tombs lie under the floor of Old North Church, containing bodies of about 1,000 people. Some were held as private or family tombs, while others were the property of the church, which accepted payment from persons to be buried there. The tombs were sealed in the mid-1800s. This series contains tomb deeds issued from 1808 to 1847, in both loose and bound formats, as well as receipts for tomb deeds collected by warden Shubael Bell and other miscellaneous records.

Box 20Folder 26
Receipts collected by Shubael Bell, 1808-1816
Box 20Folder 27
Tomb deeds, 1808-1844
Vol. 45 (XT)
Tomb deeds, 1808-1847

This volume contains deeds, a plan of tombs, and an index. (These are deeds of privately-owned tombs, as opposed to church-owned tombs.)

Box 20Folder 28
Miscellaneous tomb records, 1819-1852
Vol. 46
Record of tombs, 1829-1852

This volume is identified as "a record of the tombs under Christ Church from 1829, and a report of the committee on tombs, 1820, with a plan of the same." It contains a record of interments by date, sexton, tomb number, age of the deceased, and remarks (whether buried in a private tomb or how much was paid to be buried in a church tomb).

VI. Building records, 1729-1990

A. Early records, 1729-1834

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains copies of contracts with "joyner" Thomas Tippen, who installed the church's windows, doors, galleries, stairs, and pews. Also found here are papers relating to the installation of the church's bells, including correspondence with Abel Rudhall, bell-founder in Gloucester, England, regarding the strength of the church's steeple, the weight of the bells, their design, the mottos to be placed on the bells, and Rudhall's receipts. Other early building records include plans for repair of the steeple, or "spire," and papers relating to a series of interior and exterior repairs in the 1830s.

See also the early account books in Series II.A. for building expenses and accounts relating to the original construction of the church, especially Account Books "D" and "E." In addition, Account Book "D" includes a copy of the contract with and payments to joiner Thomas Tippen.

Box 21Folder 1
Articles of agreement with Thomas Tippen, 1729-1730
Box OS 1
Letter from Abel Rudhall concerning bells, 1742
Box 21Folders 2-3
Papers relating to Christ Church bells, 1742-1747
Box 21Folders 4-5
Miscellaneous building records, 1786-1834

B. Steeple repair, 1846-1848

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Included in this sub-series are committee meeting minutes and reports, proposals for repair, subscriptions for payment of the work, work specifications, and contracts.

Box 21Folders 6-7
Committee meeting minutes and reports, 1846-1848
Box 21Folder 8
Proposals for repair, 1846-1847
Box 21Folder 9
Subscriptions, 1846-1847
Box 21Folder 10
Specifications and contracts, 1847

C. Committee on Repair records, 1884-1885

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains committee records and lists of work completed, including repair of the church organ, furnace installation, carpentry, decoration, and improvements to the structure of the building.

Box 21Folders 11-14

D. Exterior painting estimates and contracts, 1899

Arranged chronologically.

Box 21Folder 15

E. Repair Committee records, 1911-1913

Arranged chronologically by record type.

Repair Committee records consist of the 1911 committee report; correspondence, largely between architect Clipston Sturgis and Bishop William Lawrence, treasurer of the Repair Committee; cost summaries; receipts; invoices for Sturgis's services; and the committee's checkbook and cancelled checks.

See also the 1912 and 1913 scrapbooks compiled by warden Charles K. Bolton in Series XIII.I.

Box 21Folder 16
Repair Committee report, 1911
Box 21Folders 17-20
Correspondence, 1911-1913
Box 21Folder 21
Summary of costs, 1911-1913
Box 21Folders 22-25
Receipts, 1911-1913
Box 21Folders 26-28
Architect's certificates, 1912-1913
Box 21Folders 29-32
Repair Committee checks and checkbook, 1912-1913

F. Clough-Langdon House records, 1943-1959

Arranged chronologically.

Located at 21 Unity St., the Clough-Langdon House was originally purchased by Christ Church for demolition to make room for the Paul Revere Mall. Responding to preservationists' appeals to save the ca. 1715 structure, the church eventually restored it for use as a meeting space and vicar's residence. Records in this sub-series include schematics of the house, a photocopy of an article about the house by Frank C. Brown that appeared in Old-Time New England (Apr. 1947), and correspondence concerning the restoration.

Box 21Folder 33

G. Steeple restoration records, 1954-1956

Arranged chronologically by record type.

Records in this sub-series relate to the restoration of the church steeple after it was destroyed by Hurricane Carol in 1954. They include correspondence with architect Charles Strickland, as well as Strickland's research notes, architectural sketches, and articles concerning the rebuilding of the steeple.

For additional information about the steeple restoration, see the papers of Rev. Charles Peck (Series VIII.B.), the Lantern League records (Series X.D.), and the scrapbook "The Fall and Rise of the Steeple" (Series XIII.I.).

Box 21Folders 34-37
Charles Strickland correspondence, 1954-1955
Box 21Folders 38-39
Charles Strickland architectural drawings, 1955-1956
Box 22Folders 1-7
Charles Strickland historical research, 1955
Box 22Folder 8
Pamphlet "A Steeple and a Weathervane," 1955
Box 22Folder 9
Charles R. Strickland, "Rebuilding the Old North Church Steeple," Antiques, July 1955

H. Structural repair records, 1966

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains correspondence and field reports relating to the repair of beetle and fungus damage, including plans and photographs by Maurice A. Reidy Engineers.

Box 22Folders 10-12

I. Historic Structures report, 1981

This architectural data report, prepared by the National Park Service, contains an extensive history and chronology of the structure.

Box 22Folder 13

J. Bell restoration project records, 1982-1983

Arranged chronologically.

Included here are records relating to the restoration of the original eight church bells cast by Abel Rudhall in 1744, including the installation of a new bell-frame and ringing elements. Records include correspondence, proposals, plans, a certificate of insurance, bills and expenses, and project reports.

Box 22Folders 14-21
Project records, 1982-1983
Box OS 1
Schematics and architectural drawings, 1983

K. "Project Preservation" records, 1988-1990

Arranged chronologically by subject.

"Project Preservation" was developed to review existing conditions of Old North Church properties and to offer direction for improvements. Included here are marketing and development plans, as well as a master plan containing detailed site plans and photocopies of historic photographs.

Box 22Folders 22-23
Marketing and development plans, 1988-1989
Box 23Folders 1-5
Master plan study, 1990

L. Miscellaneous building records, 1946-1965

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series includes records relating to the installation of automatic sprinkler systems, brick repair, exterior paint, HVAC, and inspections.

Box 23Folders 6-12

M. Site plans, ca. 1730-1977

Arranged chronologically by record format.

Box 23Folder 13
Christ Church, ca. 1730-ca. 1970
Box 23Folder 14
Miscellaneous properties, 1848-1977
Box OS 2
Christ Church and miscellaneous properties, 1830-1966

VII. Legal records, 1725-1966

A. Acts of incorporation and by-laws, 1789-1947

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains various versions of the church's acts of incorporation and by-laws. In 1789, the wardens incorporated under a special act in order to conduct business. The proprietors formed a constitution and by-laws in 1871 under the name "The Rector, Wardens, and Vestry of the Parish of Christ Church in Boston." In 1947, the church incorporated as "Christ Church in the City of Boston."

Box 23Folder 15
Acts of incorporation, 1789, 1849
Box 23Folders 16-17
Vestry constitution and by-laws, 1854-1871
Box 23Folders 18-19
Proprietors' constitution and by-laws, 1869-1912
Box 23Folder 20
Christ Church constitution and by-laws, 1946
Box 23Folders 21-22
Christ Church Acts of Incorporation and by-laws, 1947
Box OS 3
Christ Church Acts of Incorporation, 1947

B. Collectors' and treasurers' bonds, 1869-1954

Arranged chronologically.

Included here are legal certificates verifying that the church's collectors and treasurers are bonded and therefore authorized to handle money belonging to the church.

Box 23Folder 23

C. Deeds, indentures, and mortgages, 1725-1965

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains deeds and indentures for property belonging to the Old North Church, including land on which the church sits, related structures, and rental properties. Mortgages attached to these properties are also found here. Extensive deed research, conducted in 1965 by a Boston legal firm, consists of photocopies of all extant church property deeds accompanied by explanatory notes and includes a number of oversize documents.

Box 23Folder 24
Deed: Barnes et al. to Wardens and Vestry, 1725
Box 23Folder 25
Deed: Baker to Wardens, 1737
Box 23Folder 26
Indenture: Stimpson et al. to Dillaway, 1841
Box 23Folder 27
Deeds relating to church property, 1835-1898
Box 23Folder 28
Deeds of land held by church (photocopies), 1965
Box OS 3
Deed research, 1726-1965
Box 23Folder 29
Deed research, 1789-1965
Box 23Folder 30
Mortgages, 1839-1934

D. "Smithett Controversy," 1854-1857

Arranged chronologically.

Papers within this sub-series relate to the 1853-1855 conflict between Rev. William Smithett and wardens Elias Goddard and William Parrott. Goddard and Parrott challenged Smithett's authority on personal and legal grounds and attempted to prevent parishioners from purchasing pews (thereby preventing them from becoming voting proprietors). The conflict between Goddard and Smithett eventually came to blows, resulting in one civil and two criminal suits, and ultimately reached the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Documents found here include narratives and notes relating to the controversy; newspaper clippings; a wardens' report for 1855; "A Statement of the Affairs of the Parish of Christ Church," printed by the vestry in 1855; and printed court documents relating to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court trial.

Box 23Folders 31-32
Papers relating to, 1854-1857
Box 23Folder 33
"A Statement of the Affairs of the Parish of Christ Church," 1855
Box 23Folder 34
Court documents, 1856

E. "Church Conflict of 1882," 1882-1885

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Contained within this sub-series are papers relating to a second struggle between factions of the church in 1882. Warden Thomas Mair refused to sign pew deeds for "non-worshipping parishioners" who were perceived by church officers to be attempting a "hostile takeover" of the church by electing new wardens and vestry. Legal actions again reached the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, which, after several cross-suits, found for the original church officers and against the "non-worshipping parishioners." Papers found here include the 1882 election ballots for church officers, legal briefs and court documents, correspondence, and lists of expenses relating to the lawsuits. Also here are the records of the Christ Church Defensive Association, an organization founded by the original church officers to raise funds to fight the "hostile takeover." They include a constitution and by-laws, a record book containing minutes of the founding meeting, copies of pew deeds, lists of pew owners from 1806 to 1882, and copies of significant church documents. A narrative of the conflict, unsigned but most likely written by Thomas Hall in 1885, is also in this sub-series.

Box 24Folder 1
Election proxies, 1882
Box 24Folder 2
Election ballots for treasurer (1st ballot), 1882
Box 24Folder 3
Election ballots for treasurer (2nd ballot), 1882
Box 24Folder 4
Election ballots for wardens, 1882
Box 24Folder 5
Election ballots for clerk, 1882
Box 24Folder 6
Election ballots for vestrymen, 1882
Box 24Folders 7-9
Proprietors v. Munroe, 1882-1883
Box 24Folders 10-11
Bates v. Proprietors, 1883
Box 24Folder 12
Munroe v. Bates, 1883
Box 24Folder 13
Munroe v. Ropes, 1883
Box 24Folders 14-17
Papers relating to lawsuits, 1882-1883
Box 24Folder 18
Legal writ of injunction, 1883
Vol. 47
Christ Church Defensive Association record book, 1882
Box 24Folder 19
Papers relating to Christ Church Defensive Association, 1883
Box 24Folder 20
Narrative of conflict and proprietors' meetings, 1885

F. Miscellaneous legal actions, 1836-1966

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains records relating to various legal actions with which Christ Church was involved, including findings of damages against the church, writs of attachment, and proxy statements. In Cutter v. Wardens and Vestry (1911), an architect sued the church to recover payment for his services. Wardens v. Angelina Lavezzelo involved a dispute with abutting neighbors, and in Trustees of Donations v. Christ Church (1948), legal control of the church was passed to the recently incorporated Christ Church in the City of Boston. The Massachusetts Historic Landmark certification was received from the Massachusetts Historical Commission in 1966.

Box 24Folder 21
Legal actions, 1836-1844
Box 24Folder 22
Cutter v. Wardens and Vestry, 1911
Box 24Folder 23
Wardens and Vestry v. Angelina Lavezzolo, 1911-1912
Box 24Folder 24
Trustees of Donations v. Christ Church, 1948
Box 24Folder 25
Massachusetts Historic Landmark certification, 1966

VIII. Clergy papers, 1685-1997

This series contains the papers of Christ Church's clergy. Until the 1940s, the bulk of clergy papers are personal correspondence, sermons, and other writings. Later clergy assumed increasingly larger roles in the day-to-day management of church affairs, and administrative correspondence and records may be found within their papers. Many ministers' papers contain sermons or essays about the history of the church.

A. Papers of early Christ Church clergy, 1685-1941

Arranged chronologically by minister's term of service.

Within this sub-series are the papers of Timothy Cutler (minister from 1723-1765), including early Cutler family deeds, a declaration of conformity to the Church of England (photocopy), and a sermon preached before the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (ca. 1754). Also found here are an 1824 sermon entitled "A Discourse: An Historical Account of Christ Church" by Asa Easton (minister from 1805-1829); the papers of William Croswell (minister from 1829-1840), including papers relating to his ordination and a book of Croswell's poetry published in 1861; and a funeral address delivered in 1848 by John Woart (minister from 1840-1850). The papers of Bishop William Lawrence (minister from 1912-1914) include both a manuscript and print version of a sermon preached at the re-opening of Christ Church in 1912, various addresses and articles, and correspondence concerning prisons. The papers of William Dewart (minister from 1914-1926) contain a prayer book and the printed booklet "Sermons of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Phillips Brooks" (1926); and the papers of Ernest Dennen (minister from 1927-1929) include correspondence and the 1927 article "One if by Land, Two if by Sea."

For clergy correspondence with wardens, treasurers, or other church officers, see also Series I. Administrative records.

Box 24Folders 26-28
Timothy Cutler papers, 1685-1765
Box 24Folder 29
Asa Eaton, "Historical Discourse," 1824
Box 24Folders 30-31
William Croswell papers, 1829-1851
Vol. 48
William Croswell, Poems, Sacred and Secular, Boston, 1861
Box 24Folder 32
John Woart, funeral address for Joseph Ingraham, 1848
Box 24Folder 33
William Munroe, funeral sermon delivered by Rev. Daniel Rollins, 1892
Box 24Folders 34-37
Bishop William Lawrence papers, 1912-1937
Box 25Folders 1-3
William Dewart papers, ca. 1918-1926
Box 25Folders 4-8
Ernest Dennen papers, 1927-1928
Box 25Folder 9
Francis E. Webster obituary, 1941

B. Charles R. Peck papers, 1937-1969

Arranged chronologically by format.

The papers of Charles R. Peck, who served as minister from 1946 to 1956, consist primarily of correspondence, notes, and memoranda. Beginning in the fall of 1954, most of Peck's correspondence relates to fundraising for the restoration of the steeple, as well as his interactions with the Lantern League. Peck's articles include "The Day of August 31, 1954," a first-person account of the hurricane that toppled Old North's steeple written in 1966, and the 1969 article "A Backward Glance."

Box 25Folders 10-35
Correspondence and notes, 1946-Sep. 1954
Box 26Folders 1-7
Correspondence and notes, Oct. 1954-1956
Box 26Folders 8-9
Notes relating to Christmas services, 1937-1953
Box 26Folder 10
Notes for Howard Kellett, 1956
Box 26Folders 11-12
Articles and addresses, 1954-1969

C. Howard P. Kellett papers, 1942-1993

Howard P. Kellett served as minister of Old North Church from 1956 to 1971. His papers consist of correspondence, subject files relating to his activities as vicar, speeches and sermons, and an unpublished essay. The bulk of Kellett's papers were donated to the church after his death by his son, Dr. Merle Kellett, including a series of 75 typed and handwritten sermons labeled and housed in individual envelopes. The earliest of these sermons relates to Kellett's position as a chaplain of the state prison in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Much of Kellett's early correspondence consists of letters congratulating him on his installation at Old North Church. His papers illustrate his role as both an ecumenical spiritual leader and director of a national historic site.

i. Correspondence, 1956-1970

Arranged chronologically.

Box 26Folders 13-27

ii. Subject files, 1956-1974

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Box 26Folders 28-29
Kellett's installation, 1956
Box 26Folders 30-36
Lantern services, 1956-1970
Box 26Folders 37-38
Historic site designation, 1957-ca. 1964
Box 26Folders 39-40
"Evensong with Special Music," 1958-1959
Box 27Folder 1
Freedom Trail Historic Sites Report, 1960
Box 27Folders 2-3
Arts Guild of Christ Church, 1960-1964
Box 27Folder 4
Reports to the corporation, ca. 1964-1970
Box 27Folders 5-6
Boston University Chorus, 1969-1974
Box 27Folders 7-8
Miscellaneous papers, 1957-1971

iii. Undated speeches

Arranged by subject.

Box 27Folder 9
"Mather Byles" speech to Parsons Club
Box 27Folder 10
Speech to Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
Box 27Folder 11
"Old North Speech" to visitors

iv. Undated sermons

Arranged by subject.

Box 27Folder 12
"Old North"
Box 27Folder 13
"Timothy Cutler"
Box 27Folders 14-15
"Rev. Asa Eaton"
Box 27Folders 16-17
"Timothy Cutler and Asa Eaton"
Box 27Folder 18
"Rev. Samuel Myles"
Box 27Folder 19
"Rev. William Croswell"
Box 27Folder 20
"Robert Newman"
Box 27Folder 21
"Pile of Bricks"
Box 27Folder 22
"United Fund"
Box 27Folder 23
"New Year's Day"
Box 27Folder 24
"Epiphany"
Box 27Folder 25
"Lent"
Box 27Folder 26
"Palm Sunday"
Box 27Folder 27
"Maundy Thursday"
Box 27Folder 28
"Easter"
Box 27Folder 29
"Sunday before Thanksgiving"
Box 27Folder 30
"Thanksgiving Day"
Box 27Folder 31
"All Saints Day"
Box 27Folder 32-33
"Advent"
Box 27Folder 34
"Last Sunday in Advent"
Box 27Folder 35
"Sunday before Christmas"
Box 27Folder 36
"New Year's Eve"
Box 27Folder 37
"Dr. Miriam van Waters"
Box 27Folder 38
"The Work of a Prison Chaplain"
Box 27Folder 39
"The Boy Offender"
Box 27Folder 40
"The State of Religion and the Problem of the Church"
Box 27Folder 41
"Anxiety"
Box 27Folder 42
"Discouragement"
Box 27Folder 43
"Jealousy and Worldly Goods"
Box 27Folder 44
"Pride"
Box 27Folder 45
"Trust"
Box 27Folder 46
"Unselfishness"
Box 27Folder 47
"Beatitudes"
Box 27Folder 48
"Blind Bartimaeus"
Box 27Folder 49
"Christian Living"
Box 27Folder 50
"Christian Community"
Box 27Folder 51
"The Cross"
Box 27Folder 52
"Faith in God"
Box 27Folder 53
"The Feeding of the 5000"
Box 28Folder 1
"The Good Samaritan"
Box 28Folder 2
"The Holy Spirit"
Box 28Folder 3
"Matthew the Publican"
Box 28Folder 4
"The Parable of the Great Banquet"
Box 28Folder 5
"Prayer"
Box 28Folder 6
"St. Peter"
Box 28Folder 7
"Who is my Neighbor?"
Box 28Folder 8
"Prayer for our Country"
Box 28Folder 9
"Neighbors"
Box 28Folder 10
"Unity (Charles Wesley)"
Box 28Folder 11
"Social Service Sunday"
Box 28Folder 12
"Three Hour Service," St. Paul's, Dedham

v. Sermons, ca. 1942-1976

Arranged chronologically.

Box 28Folder 13
"Christmas in Prison," ca. 1942
Box 28Folder 14
"St. Paul," ca. 1955
Box 28Folder 15
"The Good Shepherd," 15 Apr. 1956
Box 28Folder 16
"Rogation Sunday," 6 May 1956
Box 28Folder 17
"Lazarus," 23 Sep. 1956
Box 28Folder 18
"Timothy Cutler," 1957
Box 28Folder 19
"The Ten Lepers," 22 Sep. 1957
Box 28Folder 20
"Charles Wesley," [Oct.?] 1957
Box 28Folder 21
"Old North," 13 Oct. 1957
Box 28Folder 22
Sermon, Dec. 1957
Box 28Folder 23
"Christmas Eve," 24 Dec. 1957
Box 28Folder 24
"Parable of the Vineyard," 2 Feb. 1958
Box 28Folder 25
"This I Know" sermons, 6 Feb.-9 Nov. 1958
Box 28Folder 26
"Lent," 17 Feb. 1958
Box 28Folder 27
"Disciple Philip," 16 Mar. 1958
Box 28Folder 28
"237th Anniversary," 1960
Box 28Folder 29
"Death of President Kennedy," [Nov.] 1963
Box 28Folder 30
"Rev. William Walter, Rev. Mather Byles," 1967
Box 28Folder 31
"Death of Robert Kennedy," [June 1968]
Box 28Folder 32
Sermon, 21 Mar. 1976

vi. Essays and articles, 1956-1969

Arranged chronologically.

Box 28Folder 33
"How Effective is the Threat?" Church Militant, Feb. 1956
Box 28Folder 34
"Unique Missionary Opportunity," Church Militant, Oct. 1961
Box 28Folder 35
"Case Study of an Historical Church," 1966, 1969

vii. Biographical material and obituaries, 1956-1993

Arranged chronologically.

Box 28Folder 36

D. Robert W. Golledge papers, 1969-1997

The papers of Robert W. Golledge, who served as minister from 1971 to 1996, consist of correspondence, subject files relating to his church and community activities, sermons, and speeches.

i. Correspondence, 1971-1997

Arranged chronologically.

The bulk of the correspondence in this section relates to general administrative matters and letters of inquiry. Additional correspondence may be found in Golledge's subject files.

Box 28Folders 37-45
1971
Box 29
1972-July 1974
Box 30
Aug. 1974-Mar. 1993
Box 31Folders 1-14
May 1993-Jan. 1997

ii. Subject files, 1969-1996

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Golledge organized his papers into subject files, which have been left in their original order. They include topics such as lantern services, historic church conferences, and Boston's 350th anniversary celebration. The bulk of Golledge's papers are related to his involvement with celebrations of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1975 and 1976, including hosting the visits of President Gerald R. Ford and Queen Elizabeth II, serving on Bicentennial committees, and creating and administering the Third Lantern Forum. Other files in this section relate to personal milestones of Golledge's tenure as vicar, including his installation (1971), fifteenth anniversary party (1986), and retirement gala (1996).

Box 31Folder 15
Installation of Bishop Burgess, 1969-1970
Box 31Folder 16
Installation [Golledge], 1971
Box 31Folder 17
Lantern service, 1971
Box 31Folders 18-20
Papers removed from scrapbook, 1971-1973
Box 31Folder 21
Lantern service, 1972
Box 31Folders 22-23
Correspondence with Archibald MacLeish, Aug. 1972-Feb. 1973
Box 31Folders 24-31
Historic Churches conferences, 1972-1979
Box 31Folder 32-36
250th anniversary, 1972
Box 32Folders 1-9
250th anniversary, 1973-1974
Box 32Folder 10
Lantern service (250th anniversary), 1973
Box 32Folder 11
Bishop of Norwich visit, 1973
Box 32Folders 12-18
Boston 200, 1973-1976
Box 32Folders 19-21
Episcopal Church Bicentennial Committee, 1973-1974
Box 32Folders 22-28
Miscellaneous Bicentennial papers, 1972-1976
Box 32Folder 29
"Bicentennial News" press releases, 1972-1973
Box 32Folders 30-35
"Bicentennial Bulletin," 1972-1974
Box 32Folder 36
"Bicentennial Times," 1973
Box 33Folders 1-3
"American Bicentennial Newsletter," 1973
Box 33Folders 4-5
"American Bicentennial Monthly," 1974-1975
Box 33Folders 6-8
Exhibit Plan "The Revolution: Where It All Began," 1974
Box 33Folder 9
Lantern service, 1974
Box 33Folder 10
Colonial Episcopal Church service, 1974
Box 33Folders 11-18
200th lantern service/Ford visit, 1974-1975
Box 33Folders 19-33
Ford visit "fan mail," 1975
Box 33Folders 34-38
Third Lantern Forum correspondence, 1975-1976
Box 33Folders 39-43
Third Lantern Forum papers, 1976
Box 34Folders 1-2
Bishop of Norwich visit, 1975-1976
Box 34Folders 3-17
Queen Elizabeth II visit, 1975-1976
Box 34Folders 18-22
Queen's Visit "fan mail," 1976
Box 34Folders 23-24
Consecration of Bishop Colburne, 1976
Box 34Folders 25-26
Bicentennial Finale, 1976
Box 34Folder 27
Lantern services, 1976-1977
Box 34Folders 28-31
Correspondence with William Bedal, 1977-1993
Box 34Folders 32-35
Queen's Silver Jubilee, 1977
Box 34Folders 36-37
Boston 350, 1978
Box 35Folders 1-4
Boston 350, 1980
Box 35Folders 5-9
Boston 350, trip to England, 1979-1980
Box 35Folder 10
Boston 350, British visitors, 1980
Box 35Folders 11-12
Memorial services, 1979-1980
Box 35Folder 13
15th anniversary party, 1986
Box 35Folder 14
International Churches Conferences, 1986-1992
Box 36Folder 1
TADD dog inspections, 1987
Box 36Folders 2-5
Refugee Immigration Ministry, 1987-1989
Box 36Folders 6-7
Bishop of Worcester visit, 1990
Box 36Folders 8-9
Columbus 500th anniversary, 1990-1991
Box 36Folder 10
29th Division Association memorial service, 1991-1993
Box 36Folders 11-22
Retirement gala, 1996
Box 36Folder 23
Robert Golledge Fund, 1996
Box 36Folders 24-26
Miscellaneous, 1971-1996

iii. Sermons and speeches, 1971-1994

Arranged chronologically.

Golledge's sermons and speeches in this section include both formal and informal remarks. They have been identified by title or occasion whenever possible. Golledge's "Boston Welcome" was a speech he delivered at local conventions at least four times, altering his remarks slightly for the year and the audience.

Box 36Folder 27
Sermons, undated
Box 36Folder 28
Sermons and remarks, 1971-1974
Box 36Folder 29
"A New Signal: The Third Lantern," 18 Apr. 1975
Box 36Folder 30
"The American Promise," July 1975
Box 36Folder 31
Sermons and remarks, 1975
Box 36Folder 32
Sermon for Queen Elizabeth's visit, 11 July 1976
Box 36Folders 33-34
Sermons and remarks, 1976
Box 36Folder 35
Sermon for Queen Elizabeth's Silver Jubilee, 5 June 1977
Box 37Folders 1-3
Sermons and remarks, 1978-1986
Box 37Folder 4
"Boston Welcome," 25 Sep. 1987
Box 37Folder 5
"The Lord's Prayer: The Name of God," 21 Feb. 1988
Box 37Folder 6
"The Lord's Prayer: Taking God Seriously," 28 Feb. 1988
Box 37Folder 7
"The Lord's Prayer: The Kingdom," 6 Mar. 1988
Box 37Folder 8
"The Lord's Prayer: Daily Bread," 13 Mar. 1988
Box 37Folder 9
"The Lord's Prayer: Our Trespasses," 20 Mar. 1988
Box 37Folder 10
Sermons and remarks, 1988-1990
Box 37Folders 11-14
"The Story of Saul, Parts I-IV," 17 Feb.-10 Mar. 1991
Box 37Folder 15
"Celebrate Discovery," 14 Oct. 1991
Box 37Folders 16-19
"Elijah, Parts I-IV," 8-29 Mar. 1992
Box 37Folder 20
Sermons and remarks, 1992
Box 37Folder 21
"Boston Welcome," 5 July 1993
Box 37Folder 22
Sermons and remarks, 1994

iv. Biographical material, 1975-1996

Arranged chronologically.

The bulk of this section contains various versions of Golledge's resume.

Box 37Folders 23-24

E. Jonathan Young correspondence, 1993-1997

Arranged chronologically.

Jonathan Young served as Associate Vicar and Vicar Pro Tem from 1993 to 1997. His papers consist of correspondence with Howard Kellett and his son, Dr. Merle Kellett, and on various administrative matters.

Box 37Folder 25

F. Sermons and remarks of visiting clergy, 1927-1982

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains sermons and remarks delivered at Old North Church by visiting bishops, cardinals, and dignitaries.

Box 37Folder 26
Bishop Samuel Babcock sermon, 1927
Box 37Folder 27
Archbishop of Canterbury address, 1952
Box 37Folder 28
Gardiner M. Day sermon "Our Endangered Freedom," 1953
Box 37Folder 29
Norman B. Nash sermon for steeple dedication, 1955
Box 37Folder 30
G. Earl Daniels sermons, 1970-1973
Box 37Folder 31
John Cardinal Wright sermon, 1976
Box 37Folder 32
Margaret Bush Wilson remarks, 1982

IX. Sunday school records, 1810-1908

This series contains the records of the Salem St. Academy, the Salem St. Academy Sunday School, and its successor, the Christ Church Sunday School. Also located here are records of the Christ Church Sunday School library, the Teachers' Association of Christ Church Sunday School, and the Fragment Society.

A. Salem St. Academy records, 1810-1850

Arranged chronologically.

The Salem St. Academy was a school owned in part by Christ Church, built on land owned by the church at 193 Salem St. in 1810 and leased for fifty years for the express purpose of operating an academy. The property was held by fifty-two shareholders or proprietors. In June 1815, the academy began Boston's first Sunday school, opening its doors not just to parishioners, but to children throughout the city. The Sunday school's name was changed to Christ Church Sunday School in 1826.

This sub-series includes an index to the Salem St. Academy records, although some of the material listed is now missing. Other records include plans, an 1817 list of officers and scholars, correspondence, deeds, accounts, receipts, and shareholder certificates that were transferred back to the church between 1833 and 1838.

Box 37Folder 33
Index to records, undated
Box 37Folders 34-36
Records, 1810-1838
Box OS 3
List of Officers and Scholars, 1817
Box 37Folder 37
Shareholder certificates, 1817-1838
Box 37Folder 38
Bills and receipts, 1841-1850

B. Sunday school minute books, 1867-1883

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series consists of Sunday school minute books, which are volumes published by the General Protestant Episcopal Sunday School Union with pre-printed pages to record the dates classes were held, opening and closing events, numbers of students and teachers, new students, and remarks.

Box 37Folder 39
Minute book, 1867-1869
Box 38Folder 1
Minute book, 1869-1871
Box 38Folder 2
Minute book, 1872-1879
Box 38Folder 3
Minute book, 1874-1883

C. Sunday school registers, 1867-1902

Arranged chronologically.

Class registers found in this sub-series include names of new students, by whom they were introduced to the school, and the date the student began.

Box 38Folder 4
Register, 1867-1868
Box 38Folder 5
Register, 1867-1870
Box 38Folder 6
Register, 1885-1902

D. Sunday school attendance books, 1848-1908

Arranged chronologically.

Attendance books in this sub-series list attendance for each Sunday school class by date, including names of teachers and students.

Box 38Folder 7
Attendance book, 1848-1850
Box 38Folder 8
Attendance book, 1851-1852
Box 38Folder 9
Attendance book, 1853-1855
Box 38Folder 10
Attendance book, 1867
Box 38Folder 11
Attendance book, 1867-1868
Box 38Folder 12
Attendance book, 1867-1868
Box 38Folder 13
Attendance book, 1868-1869
Box 38Folder 14
Attendance book, 1868-1869
Box 38Folder 15
Attendance book, 1868-1869
Box 38Folder 16
Attendance book, 1869
Box 38Folder 17
Attendance book, 1869-1870
Box 39Folder 1
Attendance book, 1869-1870
Box 39Folder 2
Attendance book, 1870-1871
Box 39Folder 3
Attendance book, 1870-1871
Box 39Folder 4
Attendance book, 1871
Box 39Folder 5
Attendance book, 1871
Box 39Folder 6
Attendance book, ca. 1873
Box 39Folder 7
Attendance book, 1873-1875
Box 39Folder 8
Attendance book (photocopy), 1875-1876

Due to severe mildew, this record was photocopied, and the original record was removed from the collection.

Box 39Folder 9
Attendance book, 1876-1878
Box 39Folder 10
Attendance book, 1878-1879
Box 39Folders 11-15
Attendance book (photocopy), 1881-1886

Due to severe mildew, this record was photocopied, and the original record was removed from the collection.

Box 39Folders 16-20
Attendance book, 1886-1891
Vol. 49
Attendance register, 1892-1898
Vol. 50
Attendance register, 1899-1908
Box 39Folder 21
Papers removed from Sunday school attendance books, 1886-1908

E. Miscellaneous Sunday school records, 1815-1888

Arranged chronologically.

Records in this sub-series include notes concerning the school taken from the journals of the Diocesan Conventions; an 1817 list of students, teachers, and school officers; committee and superintendent reports; a printed Sunday school prayer book; and several programs for Sunday school Christmas festivals.

Box 39Folder 22
"Memoranda from the Journals of the Diocesan Conventions," 1815-1848
Box 39Folder 23
List of Officers and Scholars, 1817
Box 39Folder 24
Superintendent's report, 1826
Box 39Folder 25
Miscellaneous records, 1828-1878
Box 39Folder 26
Printed material, 1845-1888

F. Sunday school library records, 1835-1906

Arranged chronologically by format.

This sub-series contains records of the library of Christ Church Sunday School, including catalogs of books owned, a list of the 340 books donated to the school by the Society for Improvement in Practical Piety when the society dissolved in 1825, and library records listing the number of books checked out by individual Sunday school classes. Also included here are a monograph on infant baptism and a Sunday school periodical that were part of the school's library collections.

Box 40Folder 1
Library catalogs, undated
Box 40Folder 2
Library catalog, formerly of Society for Improvement of Practical Piety, 1835
Vol. 51 (XT)
Library Record of Christ Church Sunday School, 1865-1875
Vol. 52 (XT)
Library Record of Christ Church Sunday School, 1875-1886
Box 40Folders 3-9
Library Record of Christ Church Sunday School (photocopy), 1886-1906

Due to severe mildew, this record was photocopied, and the original record was removed from the collection.

Box 40Folder 10
Charles Jerram, Conversations on Infant Baptism and Some Popular Objects Against the Church of the United Kingdom, London, 1820
Box 40Folder 11
Sunday Scholars Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, Sep. 1822

G. Teachers' Association of Christ Church Sunday School records, 1865-1898

Arranged chronologically.

Records of the Teachers' Association include meeting minutes; accounts; reports of the treasurer, librarian, and various committees; and a detailed narrative of school activities and events.

Vol. 53
Records, 1865-1882
Box 40Folder 12
Records, 1872
Box 40Folders 13-26
Records (photocopies), 1879-1898

Due to severe mildew, these records were photocopied, and the original records were removed from the collection.

H. Fragment Society journal, 1818-1854

The Fragment Society was a women's organization founded in January 1818, the object of which was "to furnish with suitable clothing, those children, and those only, who attend or wish to attend the Salem St. Sunday School." Society members made clothing which was loaned to children to wear on Sundays and which was returned to the society each Monday. The journal contains meeting minutes, as well as reports of the treasurer and the Keeper of the Wardrobe.

Vol. 54 (XT)

X. Church clubs and organizations, 1810-1959

A. Singing School Committee records, 1810-1813

Arranged chronologically.

The Singing School Committee consisted of seven individuals chosen by the proprietors to supervise the church's vocal music and to raise funds to train students for the choir. Records in this sub-series include subscriptions, accounts, and organizing documents of the committee.

Box 40Folder 27

B. Christ Church Missionary Society records, 1833-1857

Arranged chronologically by record type.

The Christ Church Missionary Society was founded in 1832 as a branch of the Massachusetts Episcopal Missionary Society. The society collected money as part of the weekly church offertories and used it to help support Episcopal missionary activities throughout the world, including the Boston Episcopal City Missionary, churches in Tennessee and Illinois, and the Persian mission. The society also helped to pay for current expenses of the church. Records found here include meeting minute books, treasurers' reports, receipts for contributions, and treasurers' accounts for the affiliated Female Auxiliary Mission Society.

Box 41Folder 1
Minute book, 1833-1842
Box 41Folder 2
Minute book, 1850-1857
Box 41Folders 3-16
Financial records, 1833-1854
Box 41Folder 17
Female Auxiliary Mission Society, treasurers' accounts, 1833-1853

C. Women's Guild records, 1915-1949

Arranged chronologically by record type.

The Women's Guild was founded in 1915 to raise money for the church through charitable events. In 1919, the Guild assumed the management of the church property at 193 Salem St., using it as a meeting place and a residence for social workers in Boston's North End. "The House by the Side of the Road," as the Guild named the property, also served as a hospitality house for the church and was used for overnight guests, receptions, teas, and for the sale of postcards and prints to benefit the church.

Within this sub-series are the Guild's meeting minute books, which include financial records and copies of correspondence. Other records include copies of the Guild's constitution and by-laws, annual reports, membership lists, and sales notices. "The Bishop's Window" is a typed manuscript account of the church's history presented to Bishop William Lawrence on his ninetieth birthday. Also here are the "House by the Side of the Road" committee records, which include annual reports to the proprietors, correspondence, meeting minutes, financial records, and newspaper clippings.

i. General organization records, 1915-1949

Box 41Folder 18
Constitution and by-laws, 1915
Box 41Folder 19
Minutes, 1915-1921
Vol. 55
Minutes, 1927-1940
Vol. 56
Minutes, 1941-1949
Box 41Folders 20-21
Miscellaneous records, 1919-1949
Box 41Folder 22
"The Bishop's Window," 1940

ii. House by the Side of the Road committee records, 1919-1938

Box 42Folder 1
House Committee, annual reports to proprietors, 1923-1929
Box 42Folders 2-5
House Committee, "Records and Reports," 1919-1938
Box 42Folder 6
Newspaper clippings, 1919-1923

D. Lantern League records, 1927-1956

Arranged chronologically by record type.

The Lantern League was founded by Rev. Ernest Dennen in 1927 and was incorporated in 1932 to preserve and maintain the Old North Church building, its surroundings, and its contents. Led by fundraising consultant Charles W. French, the major objective of the League's fundraising campaign in the 1930s was the acquisition and removal of surrounding buildings deemed "fire hazards." After 1939, the League was largely inactive, but when Hurricane Carol destroyed the church's steeple in 1954, it regrouped to raise money for the restoration of the historic structure.

Records in this sub-series include articles of incorporation, a valuation of surrounding properties, meeting minutes, treasurers' reports, correspondence between leaders of the League and French, and French's correspondence with potential donors. Accounts with French include his expense reports and commissions, as well as a running tally of money that he raised. Later Lantern League records primarily consist of letters sent in response to fundraising appeals to restore the steeple.

For Lantern League correspondence relating directly to building and construction, see Building records--Steeple restoration (Series VI.F.). See Charles Peck's papers (Series VIII.J.) for Peck's correspondence with League leader Thomas Temple Pond and for additional fundraising letters.

i. First fundraising campaign, 1927-1941

Box 42Folders 7-18
Papers, 1931-1941
Box 42Folders 19-28
Accounts with Charles W. French, 1932-1935
Box 42Folder 29
Account book, 1933-1938
Box 42Folder 30
Papers found in account book, 1933-1938
Box 42Folder 31
Contributors' lists, ca. 1932-1939
Box 42Folder 32
Printed fundraising material, ca. 1927-1936

ii. Second fundraising campaign (steeple restoration), 1949-1956

Box 43Folder 1
Papers, 1949-1955
Box 43Folders 2-7
Fundraising responses, 1954-1956

XI. Church services and special events, 1808-1996

A. Service record books, 1914-1988

Arranged chronologically.

Service record books list the day and date of service, the place, hour, attendance, amount of offerings, officiating clergy and the nature of the service (worship service, funeral service, confirmation, patriotic, wedding, holy communion, or other).

Vol. 57
Service record book, 1914-1954
Vol. 58
Service record book, 1955-1988

B. Programs and orders of service, 1808-1996

Arranged chronologically by record type. Programs from the scrapbook are left in original order.

This sub-section includes "orders of service" for Sunday worship services, as well as those for annual "lantern services." Lantern services commemorate the anniversary of the displaying of lanterns from the steeple of Christ Church by sexton Robert Newman to warn Paul Revere of the approach of British troops. The event is celebrated with a religious service each April 18th. Traditionally, descendants of the Revere or Newman family ascend the stairs and light the lantern.

Also located here are programs for special religious services, such as the centennial of the inauguration of Washington (30 Apr. 1889), the 175th anniversary of Christ Church (29 Dec. 1898), and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Paul Revere (1 Jan. 1935). Sunday worship services often have themes as well, such as the service commemorating the rectorate of Rev. William Croswell (21 May 1933), the service of Thanksgiving for the restoration of the steeple (12 Oct. 1955), and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Wesley. A scrapbook, compiled about 1955, contains programs from lantern services, regular Sunday services, and special events. The programs have been removed from the scrapbook for preservation purposes, but left in their original order.

Box 43Folders 8-27
Church services, 1808-1996
Box 43Folders 28-37
Lantern services, 1923-1975
Box 44Folders 1-10
Special events, 1935-1994
Box 44Folders 11-17
Programs removed from scrapbook, 1875-1955

First folder contains index.

XII. Church publications, 1872-1985

A. Guide and souvenir booklets, 1893-1978

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains historical guides to Old North Church, which include sketches of the church's history, information about its physical structure, and details about the art and artifacts owned by the church. Charles Downer's A Visit to Old North Church (1893) was largely taken from earlier church histories. (See Series XIII.C. Early church histories.) Christ Church Guide Book, compiled by Charles K. Bolton in 1913 and expanded by later church historians after his death, was updated numerous times between 1923 and 1952. In addition to a history and description of the church, it contains lists of clergy, church officers, and pew owners; a timeline of events; and numerous photographs. Later guidebooks are more general in nature.

For more detailed information on the history of Old North Church, see Series XIII. Parish historians' records.

Box 44Folder 18
Charles Downer, A Visit to Old North Church, Boston, 1893
Box 44Folders 19-26
[Charles K. Bolton et al.], Christ Church Guide Book, Boston, [1913-1952]
Box 44Folder 27
The Old North Church: In Picture and in Story, Boston, 1960
Box 44Folders 28-29
The Old North Church: A Historical Portrait, Boston, 1973-1978
Box 44Folder 30
The Old North Church: 250 Years of Freedom, Boston, 1975

B. Welcome and orientation materials, ca. 1900-ca. 1950

Arranged [roughly] chronologically.

This sub-series contains small cards or pamphlets that include maps, directions, hours of operation, and occasionally a brief history of the church. Although none of the material is dated, it appears to have been created in the first half of the twentieth century.

Box 45Folders 1-2

C. Newsletters, 1916-1985

Arranged chronologically.

Beginning in 1916, the church made several attempts to establish a church newsletter containing current information about clergy, parishioners, church events, fundraising activities, and community news. This sub-series contains issues of the Christ Church Chronicle, published between 1916 and 1924; a 1931 issue of Chronicles of the Old North Church; and issues of Christ Church's longest-running newsletter, The Old North Steeple, for the years 1958-1965, 1971-1976, and 1985.

Box 45Folders 3-6
Christ Church Chronicle, 1916-1924
Box 45Folder 7
Chronicles of the Old North Church, 1931
Box 45Folders 8-16
The Old North Steeple, 1958-1985 (with gaps)

D. Miscellaneous printed material, 1872-1978

Arranged chronologically.

Included in this sub-series is advertising material for church activities, signage, and a capital campaign brochure entitled "250 Years of Freedom, 250 Years of God."

Box 45Folders 17-19

XIII. Church historians' records, [1723]-1993

This series contains lists, transcriptions, published and unpublished manuscripts, research notes, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks compiled by historians of the Old North Church.

A. Inventories of church records and artifacts, 1932-1960

Arranged chronologically by subject.

Included here are inventories of church records formerly housed at Old North Church, as well as records placed at the Boston Athenaeum for safekeeping by Charles K. Bolton in the 1920s. Also included in this sub-series is a register of gifts, consisting of an alphabetical accession list of artifacts and books given to the church. The library and publication list was originally compiled by church librarian Edward Percival Merritt in 1923.

See Series XVI. Church library volumes, stored offsite. See also the list of former volume numbers in this finding aid to locate current volume numbers from the volumes' previous numbering system.

Box 45Folders 20-24
Lists of church records, 1932-1960
Box 45Folders 25-31
Register of gifts, undated
Box 45Folder 32
Library books and publications list, 1923-1943

B. Copies or transcriptions of records, [1723-ca.1820]

Arranged chronologically by date of original document.

Although some of the church record transcriptions in this sub-series were copied by earlier historians, the bulk of these records were produced by parish historian Mary K. D. Babcock in about 1940.

Box 45Folders 33-36
Transcriptions of church records, [1723-ca. 1820]
Box 46Folder 1
Paul Revere's account of 18 Apr. 1775 (photocopy)
Box 46Folder 2
Episcopal Church broadsides (photocopies), 1790-1791
Box 46Folder 3
Paul Revere deed and will (photocopies), 1796-1818

C. Early church histories, 1824-1901

Arranged chronologically.

The early historical essays, speeches, manuscript drafts, and typescripts located in this sub-series served as a basis for later guidebooks and research into church history.

Box 46Folder 4
Asa Eaton, "Historical Account of Christ Church," 1824
Box 46Folder 5
Elias W. Goddard, "Memorandum of Clergy at Christ Church," 1843
Box 46Folder 6
Henry Burroughs, "Historical Account of Christ Church," 1873
Box 46Folders 7-23
George McConnell, "Rectors and Ministers," manuscript draft and typescript, 1885-1887
Box 46Folders 24-26
George McConnell, "Memorial History of Christ Church," manuscript draft, 1887
Box 46Folder 27
Charles Duane, "A Brief History of the North or Christ Church, Boston," 1901

D. Thomas Hall papers, 1893-1910

Arranged chronologically.

Thomas Hall served as church warden and unofficial church historian from 1887 until his death in 1911. His detailed and methodical research was cited often in later church publications and in the works of church historians Charles K. Bolton and Mary K. D. Babcock. This sub-series contains three volumes of Hall's work, described individually below. His "Indexes" and "Summaries" were so highly esteemed that they were bound by order of the vestry in 1913 and were labeled #1 and #2 in the inventory of church records.

Vol. 59 (XT)
Historical Notes on Christ Church, ca. 1905

This volume contains a chronology of church history; copies of various historical documents, such as letters written by Paul Revere; articles and extracts from records relating to Christ Church, as well as other Boston churches and meeting houses; and accounts of the early religious history of Boston. An index is included in the front of the volume.

Vol. 60 (XT)
Index to Proprietors' Records (1724-1875) and Vestry Records (1854-1895), ca. 1905-1910

["Hall's Indexes"] In addition to the indexes of proprietors' and vestry records, this volume includes pew plans, tomb records, real estate plans, newspaper clippings, historical notes and biographies, transcriptions of church records, and several original documents.

Vol. 61(XT)
Summaries and Pew Records, ca. 1910

["Hall's Summaries"] This volume includes alphabetically organized historical topics, dates and summaries of significant events, pew plans, and pew records containing names of pew owners and dates of ownership.

Box 46AFolder 1
Index to Hall's Summaries (Vol. 61), ca. 1910
Box 46AFolder 2
Papers removed from Hall's Summaries, 1893-1910

E. Charles K. Bolton papers, ca. 1912-1947

Arranged chronologically.

Charles K. Bolton (1867-1950) served as senior warden and unofficial historian of Christ Church from 1912-1917 and from 1920-1937. (Bolton was also the librarian of the Boston Athenaeum and served as president of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.) This sub-series contains Bolton's unpublished manuscripts and historical research on the history of Old North Church, including biographical information about the church's clergy, early pew owners, church officers, and benefactors. His "Vignettes of the Old North" chronicle various noteworthy episodes in the church's history.

See also Bolton's Christ Church Guide Book in Series XII.A. Church publications--Guide and souvenir booklets. Bolton's scrapbooks (Series XIII.I.) contain mostly administrative records and include very little historical material.

Box 46AFolder 3
Historical notes and research, ca. 1912-1947
Box 46AFolder 4
"Clergy of the Old North Church," ca. 1940
Box 46AFolders 5-7
"Benefactors of the Old North Church," ca. 1940

Three manuscript volumes listed alphabetically from A-G, H-S, and St.-Z.

Box 47Folders 1-5
"Early Pew Owners," 1945

Five manuscript volumes arranged alphabetically.

Box 47Folders 6-7
"Vignettes of the Old North, Vols. I and II," 1946
Box 47Folder 8
"Officers and Employees of Old North Church, 1724-1806," 1947

F. Edward Percival Merritt papers, 1917-1924

Arranged chronologically.

Edward Percival Merritt (1860-1932) served as church librarian from 1919-1930. This sub-series includes a series of essays written by Merritt about Episcopal clergy, including Tillotson Brosnon, Mather Byles, Abraham Lynsen Clarke, Timothy Cutler, John Sylvester, John Gardiner, James Greaton, William Hooper, Samuel Parker, William Walter, and William Montague. His papers also include research notes concerning the Salem St. Academy and two articles reprinted from the publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts.

Box 47Folder 9
Essays on Episcopal clergy, undated
Box 47Folder 10
Salem St. Academy research, undated
Box 47Folder 11
"The King's Gift to Christ Church, Boston, 1733," Colonial Society of Massachusetts Publications, Vol. XIX (1917)
Box 47Folder 12
"Sketch of Rev. Stephen Christopher Lewis, Rector of Christ Church, Boston, 1778-1784," Colonial Society of Massachusetts Publications, Vol. XXV (1924)

G. Mary K. D. Babcock papers, 1932-1947

Arranged by record type.

Mary Kent Davey Babcock, the wife of Bishop Samuel Babcock, served as the official historian for Old North Church from 1935-1944. Papers in this sub-series include correspondence sent and received by Mary K. D. Babcock in her capacity as church historian, a large number of research notes on various topics relating to Old North Church history, and manuscripts of both published and unpublished articles. Copies of published articles from The Church Militant and the Massachusetts Diocesan Library are also here. The typed manuscript "The Old North Church of Paul Revere Fame" is a draft of her book Christ Church, Salem Street, Boston: The Old North Church of Paul Revere Fame, published in 1947. The draft includes illustrations, an index, and a bibliography.

Also in this series is a personal diary kept by Babcock during a trip to Europe with her husband and their return to Boston via Quebec, from 5 August to 20 September 1924. Photographs, postcards, and other ephemera are pasted into the volume.

See also Mary K. D. Babcock, Christ Church, Salem Street, Boston: The Old North Church of Paul Revere Fame, (Boston, 1947) in the MHS printed collection.

i. Correspondence, 1932-1942

Box 47Folders 13-17

ii. Research notes, undated

Box 47Folder 18
Bishop Bass
Box 47Folder 19
Shubael Bell
Box 47Folder 20
Rev. William Bentley's diary
Box 47Folder 21
Christ Church clergy
Box 47Folders 22-25
James Wentworth Ingraham
Box 47Folder 26
Land
Box 48Folders 1-2
Robert Newman
Box 48Folder 3
Proprietors' records, 1911-1936
Box 48Folder 4
Schools
Box 48Folder 5
Steeple
Box 48Folder 6
Sunday school
Box 48Folder 7
Rev. William Walter
Box 48Folder 8
Washington's bust
Box 48Folder 9
Rev. William Wheeler
Box 48Folders 10-15
Miscellaneous research notes

iii. Writings, 1933-1947

Box 48Folders 16-21
"History of Christ Church Rectors and Ministers," undated

111-page unpublished manuscript, typed.

Box 48Folder 22
"William Croswell and Christ Church," 1933

Typed manuscript of article published in The Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Mar. 1933.

Box 48Folder 23
"William Croswell and Christ Church," [1933]

Manuscript draft.

Box 48Folder 24
"A Pioneer Sunday School," 1933

Typed manuscript of article published in The Church Militant, Apr. 1933.

Box 48Folder 25
"A Lady Discovers Old North's Rector-Poet," 1933

Typed manuscript of article published in The Boston Transcript, 20 May 1933.

Box 48Folder 26
"The Constitutional Convention, Diocese of Massachusetts," 5 Oct. 1790

Typed manuscript.

Box 48Folder 27
"Hymns from the Cloisters of the Old North Church by Rev. William Croswell," 1935

Typed manuscript.

Box 48Folder 28
"The Old North's Debt to Christopher Wren," The Church Militant, Dec. 1936
Box 48Folder 29
"Gather Up the Fragments," 1937

Typed manuscript.

Box 48Folder 30
"Old Christ Church, Boston," 1939

Publication No. 2, Massachusetts Diocesan Library.

Box 48Folder 31
"The Weather-Vane on Christ Church, Boston," Old Time New England, Oct. 1941
Box 48Folder 32
"Dr. Cutler Entertains the Clergy, 1738," ca. 1944

Typed manuscript with photographic illustrations.

Box 48Folder 33
"Dr. Cutler Entertains the Clergy," 1944

Publication No. 6, Massachusetts Diocesan Library.

Box 48Folder 34
"Boston Episcopal Charitable Society," The Church Militant, May 1944
Box 49Folders 1-16
"The Old North Church of Paul Revere Fame," 1947

376-page typed manuscript with photographic illustrations.

Travel diary, 1924

Vol. 76

H. Miscellaneous historical research, 1850-1975

Arranged alphabetically.

This sub-series contains unpublished articles and research notes not attributed to a particular historian or written by a person other than a church historian. The papers are arranged by subject and dated by the date of the research, if known.

Box 49Folder 17
Bells, 1859-1938
Box 49Folder 18
Clergy: Rev. Timothy Cutler, 1850-1912
Box 49Folder 19
Clergy: Rev. Mather Byles, undated
Box 49Folder 20
Clergy: Rev. William Montague, undated
Box 49Folder 21
Clergy: Rev. William Walter, 1946-1960
Box 49Folder 22
Clergy: Rev. Asa Eaton, undated
Box 49Folder 23
Clergy: Rev. William Croswell, undated
Box 49Folder 24
Clergy: Rev. William Smithett, 1975
Box 49Folder 25
Clergy: Rev. William Munroe, 1971
Box 49Folder 26
General history of Christ Church, 1931-1932
Box 49Folder 27
Knight, Adah: Memorandum, 1958
Box 49Folder 28
Lanterns (Paul Revere signal lanterns), 1878
Box 49Folder 29
Leigh, William Robinson (painter of The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere), 1954-1958
Box 49Folder 30
Organ, 1935-1936
Box 49Folder 31
Steeple, 1938-1953
Box 49Folder 32
Sunday school, 1915-1933
Box 49Folder 33
Miscellaneous research, undated

I. Scrapbooks, 1858-1973

Arranged chronologically.

Contained in this section are scrapbooks compiled by various officers and parishioners of Christ Church, many of whom are unidentified. Most of the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings relating to the history of the church or current church activities, photographs, programs, and other printed church material. Scrapbooks relating to specific topics include "The Rise and Fall of the Steeple," compiled in 1954-1955, and the scrapbook chronicling the early ministry of Rev. Robert Golledge, compiled in 1971-1973.

Senior warden Charles K. Bolton compiled a set of six scrapbooks during his service from 1912-1917 and from 1920-1936. They contain the bulk of Bolton's administrative papers, including correspondence with architect Clipston Sturgis, Bishop William Lawrence, Rev. William Dewart, Rev. Ernest Dennen, and other church officers. Also included in Bolton's scrapbooks are lists of subscribers, pew plans and deeds, treasurers' reports, election ballots, annual meeting agendas, photographs, printed programs, and newspaper clippings relating to the church. Scrapbook #4 (1921-1938) contains a typed index.

Box OS 4
Scrapbook "Newspaper Clippings and Pictures through 1949," 1858-1949
Vol. 62
Newspaper clipping scrapbook, 1870-1923
Box 50Folders 1-3
Papers removed from newspaper clipping scrapbook, 1870-1923
Box OS 5
Scrapbook, 1885-1970
Box OS 4
Scrapbook "Newspaper Clippings and Pictures re Paul Revere, Washington, Trinity Church, Newport RI and Miscellaneous Subjects," 1904-1950
Box 50Folders 4-12
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #1, 1912
Box 50Folders 13-24
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #2, 1913
Box 51Folders 1-12
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #3, 1913-1919
Vol. 63 (OS)
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #4, 1921-1938
Box 51Folders 13-14
Papers removed from Bolton scrapbook #4, 1921-1938
Vol. 64 (OS)
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #5, 1927-1929
Box 51Folders 15-16
Papers removed from Bolton scrapbook #5, 1912-1933
Vol. 65 (OS)
Charles K. Bolton scrapbook #6, 1930-1933
Box 51Folder 17
Papers removed from Bolton scrapbook #6, 1931-1933
Box OS 6
Scrapbook, ca. 1940-1955
Box OS 6
Scrapbook, 1945-1957
Vol. 66 (OS)
Scrapbook "The Fall and Rise of the Steeple," 1954-1955
Vol. 67 (OS)
Scrapbook, 1957-1959
Box 51Folders 18-20
Scrapbook concerning Rev. Robert Golledge, 1971-1973

J. Newspaper clippings, 1885-1993

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains newspaper clippings relating to the history or activities of the Old North Church, collected by various persons. It also includes newspaper articles relating to the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations, President Gerald R. Ford, and Ford's visit to the Old North Church in April 1975, collected by a newsclipping service from newspapers around the country.

Box 51Folders 21-26
Newspaper clippings relating to Old North Church, 1885-1993
Box OS 3
Newspaper clippings relating to Old North Church, 1954-1984
Box 51Folders 27-31
News service clippings relating to the U.S. Bicentennial, 4-18 Apr. 1975
Box 52Folders 1-18
News service clippings relating to the U.S. Bicentennial, 19 Apr.-6 May 1975

K. Printed material relating to church history, 1895-1975

Arranged chronologically.

Included in this section are magazine and journal articles, pamphlets, Christmas cards, brochures, first day postal covers, and other printed material relating to the history of Old North Church and collected by the church's historians, officers, or members.

Box 52Folder 19
Ralph Adams Cram, "Christ Church Bells," New England Magazine, Jan. 1895
Box 52Folder 20
Arthur H. Nichols, "Christ Church Bells," New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Jan. 1904
Box 52Folder 21
"The Restoration of the Old North Church," The Church Militant, Jan. 1913
Box 52Folder 22
Caroline Ticknor, The Old North Signal Lights, or Christmas Comes to Boston, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1923
Box 52Folder 23
Charles Place, "From Meeting House to Church in New England," Old-Time New England, Apr. 1923
Box 52Folder 24
"Paul Revere's Ride," Christmas card, 1927
Box 52Folder 25
Joseph Dillaway Sawyer, The Last Leaf on the Tree: Reminiscences of the Old North Church, Boston, 1930
Box 52Folder 26
"Paul Revere's Lantern," Antiques, Dec. 1930
Box 52Folder 27
Frank Chouteau Brown, "The Clough-Langdon House, 21 Unity Street, Boston," Old-Time New England, Apr. 1947
Box 52Folder 28
American Oil Company, Fascinating Trips to Historic Spots in and about Boston, 1948
Box 52Folders 29-30
57th General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Boston, Massachusetts, miscellaneous publications, Sep. 1952
Box 52Folder 31
James Bruns, "History of the Old North Church," Children of the American Revolution, Nov. 1958
Box 52Folder 32
First day covers, 1958-1975
Box 52Folder 33
Don Guy, "There are Two Ways to Ring the Bells of Old North Church," Yankee Magazine, Oct. 1974
Box 52Folder 34
Freedom Trail brochure, ca. 1975

XIV. Ecclesiastical volumes, 1716-1731

A. Volumes given to Christ Church by King George II, 1717-1731

Arranged chronologically.

This sub-series contains a Bible and three of the original fourteen prayer books that were presented to Christ Church by King George II in 1733.

Vol. 68 (OS)
Holy Bible, Oxford, 1717

Printed by John Baskett, this large volume is one of the eight known extant editions known as "the Vinegar Bible" for a misprint in the Book of Luke that refers to the "parable of the vinegar" instead of the "parable of the vineyard."

Vol. 69 (XT)
Book of Common Prayer, London, [1731]

On 31 Mar. 1779, the vestry voted "that the Rev. Mr. [Stephen] Lewis be desired to prepare a proper form of Prayer for the Congress on the United States, for the several States, and for their success in the present important Contest, to be used Daily in the Church." Accordingly, allusions to the king of England and his ministers were pasted over with pieces of paper in this prayer book, and prayers for the president and the country were written in.

Vol. 70 (XT)
Book of Common Prayer, London, 1731

Inscribed "for the use of the altar, A.D. 1733," this volume appears to have been rebound in the mid-1800s.

Vol. 71 (XT)
Book of Common Prayer, London, 1731

This volume is bound with the title "His Majesty's Gift to Christ Church at Boston, New England."

B. Miscellaneous volumes, 1716

Vol. 72 (XT)
The Collects, Epistles, and Gospels To Be Used Throughout the Year, undated

"From Christ Church, Canterbury" is engraved on the cover of this volume. It was donated to Christ Church, Boston, by R. Clipston Sturgis and his wife Esther in memory of their son, who died in 1913.

Vol. 73
Holy Bible, [Edinburgh, 1716]

Owned by Paul Revere's mother, Deborah Hitchborn Revere.

XV. Unrelated or unidentified volumes, ca. 1750-1872

Arranged chronologically.

This series contains volumes that were found within the records of the Old North Church whose connection to the church is unclear.

Vol. 74
"An Epitome of Scriptural Promises," ca. 1750

This unsigned manuscript volume of scriptural quotes carries the inscription "to his much honored and well beloved friend Mrs. Elizabeth Granger, the compiler of these scriptural promises heartily dedicates this rough and imperfect draught of what was designed more largely and particularly to have been written by him."

Vol. 75
Autograph book, 1872

This volume contains autographs of various ministers of Boston churches.

XVI. Church library volumes, 1569-1995 (stored offsite)

Arranged alphabetically by author.

This series contains volumes that were a part of the church library, consisting of 278 works, bound in 167 volumes. The bulk of the volumes were published in the 18th century. Although some of the works in this series were donated to the church at a later date, a number of volumes have been identified as part of the church's library in 1752 and are noted below. Each title is listed individually by author's name, including every title contained in volumes of bound pamphlets; these are noted with the phrase "bound with [author], [brief title]."

All of the volumes in this series are stored offsite in cartons. Users should request volumes they would like to see by barcode number (the number beginning with SH). Requests for materials stored offsite must be made at least one business day in advance. Contact the reference librarian for more information.

SH 17ZP R
Jacques Abbadie, A Vindication of the Truth of Christian Religion, Against the Objections of all Modern Opposers, Part II, London, 1698 [translated into English by Henry Lussan]
SH 17ZN P
Joseph Alleine, An Alarm to Unconverted Sinners in a Serious Treatise, Boston, 1767
SH 17ZP R
Heinrich Alting, Scriptorum Theologicorum Heidelbergensium, Amsterdam, 1646 [printed in Latin]
SH 17ZP R
Heinrich Alting, Theologica Elenctica Nova, Amsterdam, 1654
SH 17ZQ S
The Analogy of Reason, London, 1739 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
SH 17ZP R
Francis Atterbury, Sermons and Discourses on Several Subjects and Occasions, Vol. I, London, 1726
SH 17ZP R
Francis Atterbury, Sermons and Discourses on Several Subjects and Occasions, Vol. II, London, 1726
SH 17ZQ S
John Balguy, An essay on redemption, London, 1741 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
SH 17ZV X
John Balguy, A letter to a deist, London, 1730 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
SH 17ZV X
Edward Bass, Sermon, delivered in St. Paul's church, Newburyport, September 6, 1803, Newburyport, 1803 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZV X
James Bate, Methodism displayed, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZT V
Edmund Bateman, A sermon preached before the honourable Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia, in America, London, 1741 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZX Z
Adolph Baumbach, Baumbach's Sacred Quartetts: A Collection of Pieces for the Opening and Close of Service, Boston, 1862
SH 17ZS U
Richard Baxter, An Abridgment of Mr. Baxter's History of his Life and Times, London, 1702
SH 17ZN P
Richard Baxter, The Divine Life in Three Treatises, London, 1664
SH 17ZR T
Benjamin Bayly, An Essay on Inspiration, in Two Parts, London, 1707
SH 17ZT V
Phillip Bearcroft, A sermon preached before the Honorable Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia in America, London, 1738 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZR T
Arthur Bedford, Animadversions upon Sir Isaac Newton's book, intitled The chronology of ancient kingdoms amended, London, 1728 [bound with Present state of the Republic of Letters]
SH 17ZQ S
Arthur Bedford, The doctrine of justification by faith, London, 1741 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
SH 17ZP R
Philip Bedingfield, A Manual History of Repentance and Impenitence, as Recorded in the Books of the Old and New Testament, London, 1724
SH 17ZP R
Thomas Bennet, An Answer to the Dissenters Pleas for Separation, or, an Abridgement of the London Cases, 5th edition, London, 1711
SH 17ZT V
Thomas Bennet, A Confutation of Quakerism; or a Plain Proof of the Falsehood of what the Principal Quaker Writers do Teach, 2nd edition, London, 1709
SH 17ZT V
Thomas Bennet, A Confutation of Quakerism; or a Plain Proof of the Falsehood of what the Principal Quaker Writers do Teach, 3rd edition, London, 1733
SH 17ZT V
William Berriman, A sermon preach'd before the honourable Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia in America, London, 1739 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZT V
William Berriman, A sermon preach'd to the religious societies in and about London, London, 1739 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZT V
William Best, The merit and reward of a good intention, London, 1742 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZP R
William Beveridge, The Great Necessity and Advantage of Publick Prayer and Frequent Communion; Designed to Revive Primitive Piety, 6th edition, London, 1724
SH 17ZX Z
Bible [English], Geneva, 1608: The Bible translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, London, 1608

Also known as the "Breeches" Bible, because the word "apron" is rendered "breeches" in Genesis 3:7. This copy retains its original covers, although several pages are mis-ordered and pages 436 and 484-485 are missing. Given to Christ Church by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Conant on 29 Dec. 1923.

SH 17ZS U
Bible, N.T. [Greek], 1569: Nouum Testamentum : ex Bibliotheca Regia, Lutetiae, 1569
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. I and II, London, 1708

Owned by the church in 1752, as well as other Bingham volumes.

SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. III, Part I, London, 1711
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. IV, London, 1715
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. V, London, 1719
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. VI, London, 1719
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. VII, London, 1720
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. VIII, London, 1720
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. IX, London, 1722
SH 17ZS U
Joseph Bingham, Origines Ecclesiasticae: or, the Antiquities of the Christian Church, Vol. X, London, 1722
SH 17ZP R
John Bisset, Letter to a Gentleman in Edinburgh, 2nd ed, Glasgow, 1743 [and other pamphlets]
SH 17ZV X
John Bowden, A letter from a churchman to his friend in New-Haven, New Haven, 1808 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZV X
John Bowden, Observations on a letter from Noah Webster, Jun., esq., New Haven, 1809 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZV X
William Bowman, The imposture of Methodism display'd, London, 1740 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZV X
Thomas Bradbury, The Mystery of Godliness, considered in LXI Sermons, Vol. I, London, 1726
SH 17ZR T
Thomas Brett, A chronological essay on the sacred history, London, 1729 [bound with Present state of the Republic of Letters]
SH 17ZV X
Arthur Browne, The Scripture bishop, Boston, 1733 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZV X
Claudius Buchanan, Star in the East, Boston, 1809 [and other pamphlets]
SH 17ZP R
Gilbert Burnet, A Discourse of the Pastoral Care, [3rd edition, London, 1713]

Owned by Shubael Bell.

SH 17ZP R
Gilbert Burnet, A Discourse of the Pastoral Care, 4th edition, London, 1713]
SH 17ZR T
Gilbert Burnet, An Exposition of the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England, 6th edition, Edinburgh, 1745

Owned by Joseph Warren in 1796.

SH 17ZX Z
Mather Byles, Discourse on the Present Vileness of the Body, Boston, 1771 [and other tracts]
SH 17ZV X
Henry Caner, The firm belief of a future reward a powerful motive to obedience and a good life, Boston, 1765 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZU W
Guilielmi Cave, Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Historia Literaria, Pars Altera, [Vol. II?], London, 1698
SH 17ZU W
Guilielmi Cave, Scriptorum Ecclesiasticorum Historia Literaria, [Vol. I?], London, 1688
SH 17ZV X
William E. Channing, A sermon, delivered at the ordination of the Rev. John Codman, Boston, 1808 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZX Z
William E. Channing, A sermon on war, Boston, 1835 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZW Y
William Chillingworth, The Works of William Chillingworth, M.A. of the University of Oxford, containing his book, entitl'd 'The Religion of Protestants, a Safe Way to Salvation', London, 1719 [also contains sermons and letters]

Owned by the church in 1752.

SH 17ZX Z
Christ Church Sunday School, Abstract of the superintendent's annual report, 1830, Sixteenth year, Boston, 1830 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZX Z
Christ Church Sunday School, Report of the Superintendent of the Christ Church Sunday School (late Salem Street Sunday School), Boston, 1826 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZX Z
Christ Church Sunday School, Superintendent's annual report, Thirteenth year, [1827] [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZV X
Church of England, The Book of Common Prayer, Oxford, 1790
SH 17ZS U
William Claggett, A Treatise Concerning the Operations of the Holy Spirit: Being the Substance of the late Reverend and Learned Dr. William Clagett's Discourses upon that Subject, London, 1719
SH 17ZN P
John Clarke, A discourse, delivered before the Humane Society of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, 1793 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
SH 17ZR T
John Clarke, An Enquiry into the Cause and Origin of Evil, London, 1720
SH 17ZT V
John Clarke, Enquiry into the Cause & Origin of Moral Evil, London, 1721
SH 17ZS U
Samuel Clarke, A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God, the Obligations of Natural Religion, and the Truth and Certainty of the Christian Revelation, 8th edition, London, 1732

Owned by the church in 1752.

SH 17ZV X
Thomas Cockman, Salvation by Jesus Christ alone asserted and vindicated, London, 1733 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
SH 17ZS U
Thomas Comber, A Discourse upon the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, According to the Order of the Church of England, London, 1699 (copy 1)
SH 17ZS U
Thomas Comber, A Discourse upon the Form and Manner of Making, Ordaining, and Consecrating Bishops, Priests, and Deacons, According to the Order of the Church of England, London, 1699 (copy 2)
SH 17ZQ S
A comparison between the doctrines taught by the clergy of the Church of England and the doctrines taught by Whitefield, Seagrave, and others, London, 1741 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
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Complete Letter-Writer, containing Familiar Letters on the Most Common Occasions in Life, London, 1796
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The conduct and doctrine of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield, vindicated, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
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John Conybeare, A Defence of Reveal'd Religion against the exceptions of a late Writer, in his book, Intituled 'Christianity as Old as the Creation, etc.', 2nd edition, London, 1732
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John Conybeare, The nature, possibility and certainty of miracles set forth, London, 1733 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
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Roland Cotton, The Generation of Light, or, Vindication of the Bible, Vol. I, Boston, 1796
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William Crowe, The duty of public spirit recommended in a sermon preach'd before the honourable Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia in America, London, 1740 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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Defence of the Lord Bishop of St. Davids, London, 1729 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
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George W. Doane, The Gospel in the church, Boston, 1832 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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George W. Doane, The Missionary Spirit, Boston, 1831 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Robert Dodsley, The Economy of Human Life, Boston, 1804
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John Edwards, An Enquiry into four Remarkable Texts of the New Testament which contain Some Difficulty in them: with a Probable Resolution of them, Cambridge, 1692
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Jonathan Edwards, The Justice of god in the Damnation of Sinners, Illustrated in a Sermon, to which is added a Farewell Sermon, Northampton, 1750
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Jonathan Edwards, A Preservative Against Socinianism, shewing the direct and plain opposition between It, and the Religion Revealed by God in the Holy Scriptures, Oxford, 1693
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[John Ellis], The Knowledge of Divine Things from Revelation, not from Reason or Nature, London, 1743
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Episcopal Church, The Book of Common Prayer, Boston (Manning and Loring), 1794
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Episcopal Church, The Book of Common Prayer, New York, 1826

Presented to Christ Church, 25 Dec. 1834.

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Episcopal Church, To the members of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, Philadelphia, 1793 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Ralph Erskine, The power and policy of Satan, bounded [and] baffled by the Lord Jesus Christ, London, 1742 [bound with Bisset, Letter, 1743]
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Robert Devereaux Essex, Arraynment, tryal & condemnation, London, 1679 [bound with Stillingfleet, Origenes, 1685]
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An extract of sundry passages taken out of Mr. Whitefield's printed sermons, journals and letters, London, 1741 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
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James Fisher, A review of the preface to a Narrative of the extraordinary work at Kilsyth, and other congregations in the neighbourhood, Glasgow, 1743 [bound with Bisset, Letter, 1743]
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Nathaniel Fisher, Sermons Preached in St. Peter's Church, Salem, Salem, 1818
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John Flavel, The Fountain of Life opened or a display of Christ in his essential and mediatorial glory, London, 1673
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James Foster, An answer to Dr. Stebbing's True state of the controversy, London, 1737 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
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Andrew Fowler, An exposition of The book of common prayer, and administration of the sacraments, Burlington, 1805 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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John Foxe, The New and Complete Book of Martyrs, or an Universal History of Martyrdom: Being Fox's Book of Marytrs, Vol. I, New York, 1794
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Free thoughts on Mr. Woolston and his writings, London, 1730 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
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James Gardiner, Concio Habita in Solenni conventu Cleri Londinensis ad Collegium Sionense, Oxford, 1713 [and other tracts]
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John Gauden, The Tears, Sighs, Complaints, and Prayers of the Church of England, London, 1659
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Adam Gib, A warning against countenancing the ministrations of Mr. George Whitefield, Edinburgh, 1743 [bound with Bisset, Letter, 1743]
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Edmund Gibson, The Bishop of London's Pastoral letter to the people of his diocese, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
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Edmund Gibson, Observations upon the conduct and behaviour of a certain sect usually distinguished by the name of Methodists, 1743 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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N. Gookin, The Day of Trouble Near, the tokens of it, and a due preparation for it, Exeter, 1796
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Nathaniel Greene, An address delivered before the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, Boston, 1833 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Hugo Grotius, Annotationes in Vetus & Novum Testamentum Praefatio a Samuele Moody, London, 1727
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William Guthrie, A Short Treatise of the Christian's Great Interest: Divided into Two Parts; The first whereof containeth The Trial of a Saving Interest in Christ, the second pointeth forth plainly, The Way How to attain it, Boston, 1728
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Thomas Halyburton, Natural Religion Insufficient and Reveal'd Necessary to Man's Happiness in his Present State, Edinburgh, 1714
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H. Hammond, A Practical Catechism, 14th edition, London, 1700
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George Hickes, Apologetical Vindication of the Church of England, 1706 [and other tracts]
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Benjamin Hoadly, A defence of the reasonableness of conformity to the Church of England, &c., London, 1705 [bound with Hoadly, Reasonableness, 1703]
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Benjamin Hoadly, The Reasonableness of Conformity to the Church of England, Represented to the Dissenting Ministers, 2nd edition, London, 1703 [and other tracts]
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Benjamin Hoadly, A serious admonition of Mr. Calamy, occasion'd by the first part of his Defence of moderate non-conformity, London, 1705 [bound with Hoadly, Reasonableness, 1703]
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Anthony Horneck, Several Sermons Upon the Fifth of St. Matthew; Being Part of Christ's Sermon on the Mount, Vol. I, 2nd edition, London, 1706

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Anthony Horneck, Several Sermons upon the Fifth of St. Matthew; Being Part of Christ's Sermon on the Mount, Vol. II, London, 1706

Owned by the church in 1752.

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John Humfrey, Lord's Day Entertainment for Families; being Seven Sermons to be Read at Home, after the Service of God in Publick, London, 1704
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Henry Hunter, Sacred Biography; or the History of the Patriarchs, being a Course of Lectures, delivered at the Scots Church, London-wall, Vol. III, London, 1786
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Charles L. Hutchins, The Chant and Service Book, Boston, 1894
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Joseph W. Ingraham, An address, to the parents, guardians, and friends, of the scholars of the Christ Church Sunday School, Boston, Boston, 1827 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Robert Jenkin, The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, Vol. I, London, 1708

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Robert Jenkin, The Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, Vol. II, London, 1708

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Pierre Jurieu, The Practice of Devotion: or, a Treatise of Divine Love, in two parts, London, 1710
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John Kettlewell, An Help and Exhortation to Worthy Communicating, or, a Treatise Describing the Meaning, Worthy Reception, Duty and Benefits of the Holy Sacrament, 10th edition, London, 1737
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Richard Kidder, A Demonstration of the Massias, in which the truth of the Christian Religion is proved especially against The Jews, Part I, London, 1684
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Richard Kidder, A Demonstration of the Massias, in which the truth of the Christian Religion is proved especially against The Jews, Part III, London, 1700
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James King, A sermon preached before the Honourable Trustees for establishing the colony of Georgia, in America, London, 1743 [bound Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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Samuel Langdon, Government corrupted by vice, and recovered by righteousness, Watertown, 1775 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
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Francois de La Pilonniere, An answer to the Reverend Dr. Snape's accusation, London, 1717 [and other pamphlets]
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Francois de La Pilonniere, A reply to Dr. Snape's Vindication of a passage in his Second letter to the Bishop of Bangor, London, 1718 [bound with La Pilonniere, Answer]
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William Law, Oxford Methodists, London, 1738 [and other tracts]
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Peter Francis Le Courayer, A Defence of the Validity of the English Ordinations, and of the Succession of the Bishops in the Church of England, London, 1725 [translated into English by Daniel Williams]
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John Leland, The Divine Authority of the Old and New Testament Asserted, [Vol. I?], 2nd edition, London, 1739

Owned by the church in 1752.

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John Leland, The Divine Authority of the Old and New Testament Asserted, Vol. II, London, 1740

Owned by the church in 1752.

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[Charles Leslie], The Case Stated between the Church of Rome and the Church of England, 5th edition, London, 1714
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A Letter to the Reverend Mr. Whitefield, London, 1744 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
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Daniel Lewes, Good rulers the fathers of their people, Boston, 1748 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
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Robert Lowth, The Life of William of Wykeham, Bishop of Winchester, London, 1758

Owned by Isabella Manchester.

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Robert Lowth, A Short Introduction to English Grammar: with Critical Notes, London, 1791

Owned by Rev. Asa Eaton in 1799.

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William Lupton, A sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Dunstan's in the West, London, 1720 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
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Lowell Mason, The Modern Psalmist: a Collection of Church Music, Boston, 1839
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Matthias Mawson, A sermon preached before the incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, London, 1743 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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Jonathan Mayhew, Sermons upon the Following Subjects..., Boston, 1755
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Joseph Mede, The Works of the Pious and Profoundly-Learned Joseph Mede, B. D., Sometime Fellow of Christ's College in Cambridge, London, 1664 (vol. 1 only)

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Robert Millar, The History of the Propagation of Christianity, and the Overthrow of Paganism, Vol. II, London, 1731

Owned by Joseph Warren.

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Henry Mills, A full answer to Mr. Pillonniere's reply to Dr. Snape and to the Bishop of Bangor's preface, London, 1718 [bound with La Pilonniere, Answer]
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Modest and Serious Defence of the author of the whole duty of man, London, 1740 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
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Benjamin Moore, The charge of the Right Reverend Benjamin Moore, D.D., New York, 1803 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Benjamin Moore, The duty of fulfilling all righteousness, New York, 1806 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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John Moore, A Journal During a Residence in France, from the Beginning of August to the Middle of December, 1792, Vol. I, Boston, 1794
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Thomas Morgan, A Collection of Tracts, Relating to the Right of Private Judgment, the Sufficiency of Scripture, and the Terms of Church-Communion; upon Christian Principles; Occasion'd by the late Trinitarian Controversy, London, 1726
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Betty Hughes Morris, A History of the Church of the Advent, Boston, 1995
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Peter Newcome, A Catechetical Course of Sermons for the whole Year, being an explanation of the Church Catechism, Vol. II, 3rd edition, London, 1712

Owned by the church in 1752.

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William Nichols, A Conference with a Theist, Containing an Answer to the most usual Objections of the Infidels against the Christian Religion, in Five Parts, Vol. II, 3rd edition, London, 1723
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Daniel Nottingham, The answer of the Earl of Nottingham to Mr. Whiston's letter to him, London, 1721 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
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Observations and remarks on Mr. Seagrave's conduct and writings, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
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John Ollyffe, A Practical Exposition of the Church Catechism, in two volumes, London, 1710
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Origen, Traite D'Origene contra Celse: ou Defence de la Religion Chretienne contre les accusations des Paiens, Amsterdam, 1700 [in French]
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David Osgood, The Devil Let Loose, Boston, 1799 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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David Osgood, A discourse: delivered before the Lieutenant-Governor, Boston, 1809 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Samuel Parker, A sermon, preached before His Honor the lieutenant-governor, Boston, 1793 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
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John [Pearson], Lord Bishop of Chester, An Exposition of the Creed, 10th edition, London, 1715
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Philalethes, A letter to Samuel Osgood, Esq. occasioned by his letter upon the subject of episcopacy, New York, 1807 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Samuel Phillips, The Orthodox Christian, or A Child Well-Instructed in the Principles of the Christian Religion, Boston, 1738
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Plutarch, Plutarch's Morals by way of Abstract: done from the Greek, London, 1707
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Baron van Pollnintz, Gedenk-Schriften van den Baron van Pollnintz, [Vol. 1], Amsterdam, 1735
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John Potter, A Discourse of Church-Government: Wherein the Rights of the Church and the Supremacy of Christian Princes are Vindicated and Adjusted, 3rd edition, London, 1724

Owned by the church in 1752.

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John Potter, A sermon preach'd before the honble House of Lords, on the first day of August, 1715, London, 1715 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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Presbyter of the Church of England, Supplement to the Rev. Mr. Whitefield's answer, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
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The Present State of the Republic of Letters, for April, 1728, Vol. I, London, 1728 [and other tracts]

Includes an abstract of Isaac Newton's Chronology.

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The Present State of the Republic of Letters, for April, 1729, London, 1729
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Humphrey Prideaux, The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighboring Nations, Part I, 4th edition, London, 1718

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Humphrey Prideaux, The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighboring Nations, Vol. II, Part I, London, 1718

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Humphrey Prideaux, The Old and New Testament Connected in the History of the Jews and Neighboring Nations, Vol. II, Part II, London, 1718

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Prison Discipline Society, Tenth Annual Report [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Protestant Episcopal Tract Society, Tracts, 1811-1815

Includes "A Tract on the Sins of the Tongue" (1814); "A Tract on Prayer" (1814); "A Tract on the Sin of Profane Swearing" (1815); and others.

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Baron Pufendorf, Of the Law of Nature and Nations, 2nd edition, Oxford, 1710
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Timothy Puller, The Moderation of the Church of England, London, 1679
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John Reed, A sermon, preached December 12, 1787, Boston, 1788 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
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William Reeves, The Apologies of Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Minucius Felix, in Defence of the Christian Religion, Vol I, 2nd edition, London, 1716

Owned by the church in 1752.

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William Reeves, The Apologies of Justin Martyr, Tertullian, and Minucius Felix, in Defence of the Christian Religion, Vol II, 2nd edition, London, 1717

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Chandler Robbins, A sermon, preached before His Excellency Jonh [sic] Hancock, Esq., Boston, 1791 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
SH 17ZP R
James Robe, A short narrative of the extraordinary work at Cambuslang, Glasgow, 1742 [bound with Bisset, Letter, 1743]
SH 17ZR T
John Rogers, A Vindication of the Civil Establishment of Religion, London, 1728
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William Romaine, Future rewards and punishments proved to be the sanctions of the mosaic dispensation, London, 1742 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZQ S
Rev. Ross, The American Latin Grammar: or a complete Introduction to the Latin Tongue, Newburyport, 1780

Owned by Rev. Asa Eaton in 1799.

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John L. Russell, A discourse delivered before the Massachusetts horticultural society, Boston, 1835 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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James Sabine, Glorying in the Cross, Charlestown, 1819 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Zedekiah Sanger, A discourse, delivered at the ordination of the Rev. Nehemiah Thomas, Providence, 1793 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
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John Scott, Practical Discourses Concerning Obedience and the Love of God, Vol. II, 2nd edition, London, 1701

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Samuel Seabury, Discourse on Several Subjects, Vol. I, Hudson, 1815
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Samuel Seabury, Discourse on Several Subjects, Vol. I, Hudson, 1815
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Samuel Seabury, Discourse on Several Subjects, Vol. II, Hudson, 1815
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Samuel Seabury, A sermon delivered before the Boston Episcopal Charitable Society in Trinity Church, Boston, 1788 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Jeremiah Seed, The happiness of the good in a future state set forth, London, 1741 [bound with Waterland, Doctrinal Use]
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John Sharp, Eighteen Sermons Preached on Several Occasions, Vol. IV, London, 1716
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John Sharp, Sermons Preached on Several Occasions: with two discourses of Conscience, Vol. II, London, 1715
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John Sharp, Sixteen Casuistical Sermons Preached on Several Occassions, Vol. III, London, 1716
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John Shaw, The Fundamental Doctrines of the Church of England as set down in her Catechism, London, 1720 (vol. 2 only)
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Samuel Shaw, Immanuel: or, a Discovery of True Religion, Boston, 1741
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William Shaw, A sermon, preached, October 3, 1792, Boston, 1793 [in vol. backtitled: Sermons]
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Mrs. Sherwood, Narrative of Little Emily, Boston, 1824 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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Samuel Shuckford, The Sacred and Profane History of the World Connected, Vol. II, 2nd edition, London, 1731

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Samuel Shuckford, The Sacred and Profane History of the World Connected, Vol. III, London, 1732
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Richard Smalbroke, A Charge Delivered to the Reverend Clergy of the Diocese of St. David's in a Triennial Visitation of the Same in August, 1728, London, 1729 [and other tracts]
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Samuel S. Smith, A discourse on the nature and danger of small faults, Boston, 1791 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Samuel S. Smith, Sermon on Slander, Boston, 1791 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
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Andrew Snape, A vindication of a passage in Dr. Snape's Second letter to the Lord Bishop of Bangor, London, 1717 [bound with La Pilonniere, Answer]
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Friederich Spanheim, Introductio ad Chronologiam et Historiam Sacram, Batavia, 1683 [in Latin]
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Nathaniel Spinckes, Of Truth in God, London, 1696 [bound with G. Hickes, Apologetical Vindication, 1696]
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George Stanhope, A Paraphrase and Comment upon the Epistles and Gospels Appointed to be Used in the Church of England on all Sundays and Holy-Days Throughout the Year, Vol. II, 3rd edition, London, 1715
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George Stanhope, A Paraphrase and Comment upon the Epistles and Gospels Appointed to be Used in the Church of England on all Sundays and Holy-Days Throughout the Year, Vol. III, 3rd edition, London, 1714
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George Stanhope, A Paraphrase and Comment upon the Epistles and Gospels Appointed to be Used in the Church of England on all Sundays and Holy-Days Throughout the Year, Vol. IV, 2nd edition, London, 1715
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State of religion in New-England, since the Reverend Mr. George Whitefield's arrival there, Glasgow, 1742 [bound with Bisset, Letter, 1743]
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Henry Stebbing, Defence of Dr. Clarke's Evidences [bound with S. Clarke, Discourse concerning the Being and Attributes of God, 1732]
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Henry Stebbing, A reply to Mr. Foster's answer to the True state of the controversy on the subject of heresy, London, 1737 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
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Henry Stebbing, A true state of the controversy with Mr. Foster, on the subject of heresy, London, 1736 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
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Edward Stillingfleet, Ecclesiastical Cases Relating to the Duties and Rights of the Parochial Clergy State and Resolved According to the Principles of Conscience and Law, London, 1702
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Edward Stillingfleet, Origines Britannicae, or, the Antiquities of the British Churches, London, 1685

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Edward Stillingfleet, Origines Sacrae, or a Rational Account of the Grounds of Christian Faith, as to the Truth and Divine Authority of the Scriptures, and the matters therein contained, 3rd edition, London, [1662?]

Owned by the church in 1752.

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Aegidius Strauch, Brevarium Chronologicum: or a Treatise Describing the Terms and Most celebrated Characters, Periods and Epocha's used in Chronology, trans. Richard Sault, 2nd edition, London, 1722

Owned by Asa Eaton.

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Synopsis. Purioris Theologiae Disputationibus, 1652

Printed by John and Daniel Elizevier, once belonged to Rev. Mather Byles. Consists of a compilation of theological treatises by four men who were professors at the Academy of Leyden: Johannen Polyandrum, Andream Rivetum, Antonium Walaeum, and Antonium Thysium.

Gift of Miss Addie I. Hayes, July 1940.

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J. Taylor, The Life of our Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ, Exeter, N.H., 1794
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John Taylor, Sermons on Different Subjects, Left for Publication, Walpole, N.H., 1806

Also includes a sermon by Samuel Johnson.

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John Templer, A Treatise relating to the Worship of God, Divided into Six Sections, London, 1694
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Peter O. Thacher, A charge to the Grand jury of the county of Suffolk, Boston, 1834 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
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John Thomas, A sermon preach'd before the Society corresponding with the Incorporated Society in Dublin for promoting English Protestant Working-Schools in Ireland, London, 1743 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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John Thomas, A sermon preach'd in the parish-church of Christ-Church, London, on Thursday, May the 8th, 1740, London, 1740 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZN P
Shippie Townsend, A practical essay, designed for general use, in three parts, Boston, 1783 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
SH 17ZV X
Joseph Trapp, The Church of England Defended against the Columnies and False Reasonings of the Church of Rome, London, 1727
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Joseph Trapp, The nature, folly, sin, and danger of being righteous over-much, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZN P
Joseph Trapp, A Preservative Against Unsettled Notions and Want of Principles in Religion, Vol. I, London, 1722
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Joseph Trapp, A Preservative Against Unsettled Notions and Want of Principles in Religion, Vol. II, London, 1722
SH 17ZQ S
Joseph Trapp, A Reply to Mr. Law's Earnest and Serious Answer (As it is Called) to Dr. Trapp's Discourse of the Folly, Sin and Danger of Being Righteous Over-much, London, 1741 [and other tracts]
SH 17ZV X
Joseph Trapp, The true spirit of the Methodists, and their allies, London, 1740 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZX Z
S. Parkman Tuckerman, A Collection of Cathedral Chants, Boston, 1858
SH 17ZX Z
S. Parkman Tuckerman et al., The National Lyre: a New Collection of Sacred Music, Boston, 1848 (copy 1)
SH 17ZX Z
S. Parkman Tuckerman et al., The National Lyre: a New Collection of Sacred Music, Boston, 1848 (copy 2)
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The Village Harmony, or Youth's Assistant to Sacred Music, 7th edition, Exeter, N.H., 1806
SH 17ZX Z
Jonathan M. Wainwright, Inequality of individual wealth the ordinance of Providence, and essential to civilization, Boston, 1835 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZX Z
Jonathan M. Wainwright, A sermon preached on the anniversary of the Boston Female Asylum for Destitute Orphans, September 25, 1835, Boston, 1835 [bound with Byles, Discourse on the present vileness]
SH 17ZQ S
William Wake, trans., The Genuine Epistles of the Apostolical Fathers, St. Barnabas, St. Ignatius, St. Clement, St. Polycarp, the Shepherd of Hermas, and the Martyrdoms of St. Ignatius and St. Polycarp, 3rd edition, London, 1719
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William Wake, The Principles of the Christian Religion Explained: in a Brief Commentary upon the Church Catechism, 3rd edition, London, 1708
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William Wake, The Principles of the Christian Religion Explained: In a Brief Commentary upon the Church-Catechism, 5th edition, London, 1731
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John Walker, An Attempt Toward Recovering an Account of the Numbers and Sufferings of the Clergy of the Church of England...who were Sequester'd, Harrass'd, etc. in the late Times of the Grand Rebellion, London, 1714

Owned by the church in 1752.

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John Walker, A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary and Expositor of the English Language, New York, 1815
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W. Wall, The History of Infant Baptism, Part II, 3rd edition, London, 1720
SH 17ZQ S
William Warburton, The Divine Legation of Moses Demonstrated, on the Principles of a Religious Deist, From the omission of the doctrine of a Future State of Reward and Punishment in the Jewish Dispensation, Vol. I, 3rd edition, London, 1742
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Robert Warren, The Impartial Churchman: or, a fair and candid Representation of the Excellency and Beauty of the Church of England, London, 1728
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Robert Warren, Industry and diligence in our callings earnestly recommended, London, 1737 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
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Robert Warren, Practical Discourses on Various Subjects, Proper for all Families, Vol. I, London, 1723
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Daniel Waterland, Advice to a young student, Cambridge, 1760 [bound with Waterland, Doctrinal Use]
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Daniel Waterland, A charge delivered to the clergy of Middlesex, London, 1731 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, The Christian sacrifice explained, London, 1738 [bound with Waterland, Doctrinal Use]
SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, Christianity vindicated against infidelity, London, 1732 [bound with Smalbroke, Charge]
SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, Distinctions of sacrifice, London, 1740 [bound with Waterland, Doctrinal Use]
SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, The Doctrinal Use of the Christian Sacraments Considered in a Charge Delivered to the Middlesex-Clergy, May 21, 1736, London, 1736 [and other tracts]
SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, The Importance of the Doctrine of the Holy-Trinity Asserted, in Reply to some late Pamphlets, London, 1734
SH 17ZQ S
Daniel Waterland, A Review of the Doctrine of the Eucharist, as laid down in Scripture and Antiquity, Cambridge, 1737

Owned by the church in 1752.

SH 17ZV X
Daniel Waterland, The sacramental part of the eucharist explain'd London, 1739 [bound with Waterland, Doctrinal Use]
SH 17ZQ S
Daniel Waterland, A Vindication of Christ's Divinity: Being a Defense of Some Queries Relating to Dr. Clarke's Scheme of the H. Trinity, in Answer to a Clergy-man in the Country, 3rd edition, Cambridge, 1720

Owned by the church in 1752.

SH 17ZN P
Isaac Watts, The Ruin and Recovery of Mankind, 2nd edition, London, 1742
SH 17ZQ S
Isaac Watts, Self-love and vertue reconciled only by religion, London, 1739 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
SH 17ZN P
Samuel Webster, The misery and duty of an oppress'd and enslav'd people, Boston, 1774 [in volume backtitled: Sermons]
SH 17ZP R
Gilbert West, A Defence of the Christian Revelation, London, 1748
SH 17ZV X
Westminster Assembly, The Confession of Faith, Together with the Larger Catechism; composed by the Reverend Assembly of Divines then sitting at Westminster, Boston, 1723
SH 17ZQ S
William Whiston, An Historical Preface to Primitive Christianity Reviv'd, London, 1740
SH 17ZQ S
John White, A letter to a gentleman dissenting from the Church of England, London, 1743 [bound with Trapp, Reply to Mr. Law's]
SH 17ZN P
William White, Lectures of the Catechism of the Protestant Episcopal Church, Philadelphia, 1813
SH 17ZV X
William White, A sermon, delivered before the General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A., New York, 1801 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZQ S
George Whitefield, An account of money received and disbursed for the Orphan-House in Georgia, London, 1741 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
SH 17ZQ S
George Whitefield, A Continuation of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield's Journal, after his arrival at Georgia, to a few days after his second return thither from Philadelphia, London, 1741 [and other tracts]
SH 17ZQ S
George Whitefield, A continuation of the Reverend Mr. Whitefield's journal from a few days after his return to Georgia to his arrival at Falmouth on the 11th of March 1741, London, 1741 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
SH 17ZV X
George Whitefield, The indwelling of the spirit, the common privilege of all believers, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZQ S
George Whitfield, A letter to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley in answer to his sermon, entitled, Free-grace, London, 1741 [bound with Whitefield, Continuation]
SH 17ZV X
George Whitefield, The Rev. Mr. Whitefield's answer to the Bishop of London's last pastoral letter, London, 1739 [bound with Law, Oxford Methodists]
SH 17ZV X
Isaac Wilkins, A sermon preached in St. Peter's Church, New York, 1804 [bound with Buchanan, Star in the East]
SH 17ZQ S
John Wilkins, Of the Principles and Duties of Natural Religion: Two Books, London, 1678
SH 17ZQ S
John Williams, Twelve Sermons Preach'd at the Lecture founded by Robert Boyle, Esq., Concerning the Possibility, Necessity and Certainty of Divine Revelation, 2nd edition, London, 1708
SH 17ZT V
John Wynne, A sermon preached before the Honble House of Lords, on the 29th day of May, 1715, London, 1715 [bound with Gardiner, Concio, 1713]
SH 17ZX Z
Charles Zeuner, The Ancient Lyre, a Collection of Old, New and Original Church Music, Boston, 1852

List of Former Volume Numbers

Below is a list of volumes of the church records as they were formerly numbered and titled by church historians sometime before 1932, along with their current locations within this collection. The bulk of these volumes were housed at the Boston Athenaeum from about 1932 until the 1980s, when they were transferred to the Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts. They were deposited at the Massachusetts Historical Society in 2004.

Former Volume Number and Title Current Location
#1 Hall's Index and Summary Vol. 60
#2 Hall's Summaries Vol. 61
#3 Account Book, 1723-1758 Vol. 15
#4 Account Book, 1733-1759 Vol. 33
#5 Account Book, 1760-1823 Vol. 16
#6 Treasurer, 1812-1815 Vol. 30
#7 Treasurer, 1819-1830 Vol. 18
#8 Treasurer, 1835-1845 Vol. 19
#9 Treasurer, 1844-1852 Vol. 20
#10 Treasurer, 1852-1857 Vol. 21
#11 Treasurer, 1857-1870 Vol. 22
#12 Treasurer, 1870-1873 Vol. 23
#13 Treasurer, 1873-1900 Vol. 24
#14 Treasurer, 1900- Vol. 27
#15 Warden's Cash Account, 1889-1905 Vol. 25
#16 Warden's Cash Account, 1905-1911 Vol. 28
#17 Warden's Ledger, 1889-1911 Vol. 26
#18 Proprietors' Records, 1724-1806 Vol. 7
#19 Proprietors' Records, 1806-1840 Vol. 9
#20 Proprietors' Records, 1840-1855 Vol. 10
#21 Proprietors' Records, 1855-1857 Vol. 11
#22 Proprietors' Records, 1854-1875 Vol. 12
#23 Proprietors' Records, 1875-1911 Vol. 13
#24 Proprietors' Records, 1911- Vol. 14
#25 Vestry Records, 1723-1802 Vol. 1
#26 Vestry Records, 1854-1871 Vol. 3
#27 Vestry Records, 1871-1897 Vol. 5
#28 Vestry Records, 1896- Vol. 6
#29 Vestry Records, 1854-1857 (copy) Vol. 4
#30 Parish Register, 1722-1850 Vol. 34
#31 Parish Register, 1722-1881 (copy) Vol. 37
#32 Parish Register, 1828-1880 Vol. 36
#33 Parish Register, 1880- Vol. 39?
#34 Parish Register, 1860-1863 (copy) Vol. 38
#35 Tombs Records, 1808-1847 Vol. 45
#36 Defensive Association, 1882 Vol. 47
#37 Pew Record, 1806-1853 Vol. 41
#38 Pew Record, 1853-1882 Vol. 42
#39 Pew Record, 1885-1911 Vol. 43
#40 Pew Deeds, 1912- Vol. 44
#41 Collectors' Record Book, 1868-1873 Box 7 Folder 13-15
#42 Deeds, subscriptions, etc. Unknown
#43 Christ Church Missionary Society, 1833-1842 Box 41 Folder 1
#43a Christ Church Missionary Society, 1850-1857 Box 41 Folder 2
#44 Subscribers, Church Repairs, 1847 Box 16 Folder 3-4?
#45 Female Missionary Society, 1828-1853 Box 41 Folder 17
#46 Christ Church Steeple Subscribers, 1912 Box 16 Folder 9
#47 Scrapbook, Restoration, 1912 Box 50 Folder 4-12
#48 Scrapbook, Restoration, Jan.-Apr. 1913 Box 50 Folder 13-24
#49 Scrapbook, May 1913- Box 51 Folder 1-12
#50 Sunday School and Teachers Association (13 vols) See Series IX
#51 Bishop Lawrence's Sermon, 1912 Box 24 Folder 34
#52 Committee report on church property, 1872 Box 2 Folder 34
#53 Record of Tombs and Burials, 1829-1852 Vol. 46
#54 Scrapbook, 1922- Vol. 63
#55 Thomas Hall's Historical Notes Vol. 59
#56 Sunday School Minute Book, 1867 Box 37 Folder 39
#57 Sunday School Minute Book, 1869 Box 38 Folder 1
#58 Sunday School Minute Book, 1879 Box 38 Folder 2
#59 Sunday School Minute Book, 1879 Box 38 Folder 3?
#60 Sunday School Roll Book, 1848 Box 38 Folder 7
#61 Sunday School Roll Book, 1851-1852 Box 38 Folder 8
#62 Sunday School Roll Book, 1853 Box 38 Folder 9
#63 Sunday School Register, 1867 Box 38 Folder 4
#64 Sunday School Class Book, 1867 Box 38 Folder 11
#65 Sunday School Class Book, ca. 1861-1868 Box 39 Folder 6
#66 Sunday School Class Book, 1868-1869 Box 38 Folder 13
#67 Sunday School Class Book, 1867 Box 38 Folder 10
#68 Sunday School Class Book, undated Box 39 Folder 4
#69 Sunday School Class Book, undated Box 39 Folder 1
#70 Sunday School Class Book, 1868-1869 Box 38 Folder 12
#71 Sunday School Class Book, 1868-1869 Box 38 Folder 14
#72 Sunday School Class Book, 1868-1869 Box 38 Folder 15
#73 Sunday School Class Book, 1869 Box 38 Folder 16
#74 Sunday School Class Book, 1869-1870 Box 38 Folder 17
#75 Sunday School Register, 1870 Box 38 Folder 5
#76 Sunday School Class Book, 1870-1871 Box 39 Folder 2
#77 Sunday School Class Book, ca. 1867-1882 Box 39 Folder 5
#78 Sunday School Class Book, ca. 1868-1882 Box 39 Folder 3
#79 Sunday School Class Book, ca. 1868-1882 Box 39 Folder 7
#80 Sunday School Register, 1885-1902 Box 38 Folder 6
#81 Sunday School Library Catalogue (2 vols.) Box 40 Folder 1
#82 Parish Library Catalogue Box 40 Folder 2
#83 Visitors' books (15 vols.) Unknown
#84 Library book (Jerram's Conversations), 1820 Box 40 Folder 10
#85 Report of Sunday School Superintendent Unknown
#86 Affairs of Christ Church Parish, 1855 Box 23 Folder 33

Preferred Citation

Old North Church (Christ Church in the City of Boston) records, 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:

Babcock, Mary Kent Davey, b. 1864
Bolton, Charles Knowles, 1867-1950.
Cutler, Timothy, 1684-1765.
Golledge, Robert W., 1933-2005.
Hall, Thomas.
Kellett, Howard P.
Peck, Charles Russell.
Revere, Paul, 1735-1818.

Organizations:

Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Defensive Association.
Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Lantern League.
Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Missionary Society.
Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Sunday School.
Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Sunday School Teachers Association.
Christ Church (Boston, Mass.)--Women's Guild.
Church of England--United States.
Salem Street Academy (Boston, Mass.)

Subjects:

Account books, 1722-1959.
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1776-1976--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church architecture--Massachusetts--Boston--Conservation and restoration.
Church buildings--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church controversies.
Church finance--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church history--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church libraries--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church records and registers--Massachusetts--Boston.
Church societies--Massachusetts.
Episcopal Church--Clergy.
Episcopal Church--Massachusetts--Boston.
Pew and pew rights.
Scrapbooks, 1870-1973.
Sermons, 1754-1994.
Sunday schools--Massachusetts--Boston.
Women--Societies and clubs.
Boston (Mass.)--Church history.
Boston (Mass.)-History.
Boston (Mass.)--Statistics, Vital.
North End (Boston, Mass.)