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bMS 407

Philadelphia Universalist Convention. Records, 1789-1807: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 407
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Philadelphia Universalist Convention.
Title: Philadelphia Universalist Convention. Records, 1789-1807.
Date(s): 1789-1807.
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: This collection contains records of meetings, letters from Universalist conventions, and a record book which contains the minutes and transactions of the Convention from 1790 to 1807.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Universalist Historical Society.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

In September, 1789 a group of New Jersey and Philadelphia believers in the doctrine of universal salvation met in Philadelphia and sent out a circular letter inviting those of like faith to confer the following May at the meetinghouse of Elhanan Winchester's Society of Universal Baptists in that city. From 25 May to 8 June 1790, seven preachers and ten laymen, from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, and Massachusetts, deliberated and drew up a "Rule of Faith" and a "plan of Church Government," both of which they submitted to the eminent Universalist physician Benjamin Rush for his opinion. These documents became foundational for the establishment of the Universalist faith in the United States. (Miller, Russell, The Larger Hope,76–77).

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters which were sent from various Universalist congregations to the Philadelphia Universalist Convention. The letters were usually meant to be read at the annual meeting. It also contains drafts of minutes of the Convention, and a record book which contains the minutes and transactions of the Convention from 1790 to 1807.

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