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bMS 449

Brunton, William. Poetry, 1865-1901: A Finding Aid.

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


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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 449
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Brunton, William.
Title: Brunton, William. Poetry, 1865-1901.
Date(s): 1865-1901.
Date(s): 1865-1901
Date(s): 1872
Date(s): 1900
Quantity: 1 boxes
Abstract: Two volumes of poetry by minister William Brunton, as well as a scrapbook. The collection spans 1865-1901.

Acquisition Information:

Collection purchased in July 2004 from Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia, PA.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

William Brunton (1850-1906) was born in Sheffield, England, and graduated from the Unitarian Home Missionary College in England in 1869. He was ordained to the ministry at Manchester, England on January 20, 1869. He had settlements at Middlesbrough and Colyton, England, and came to America where he graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1879. He served as pastor at churches in Brighton, MA; Yarmouth, Maine; Whitman, MA; and Fairhaven, MA. He was married to Elma Amelia Sumner of Braintree, VT, and had one son. Rev. Brunton died in Boston on March 10, 1906.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two volumes of holograph poetry written by Brunton ca. 1865-1901, plus a scrapbook which contains clippings of his published works. One of the poetry volumes, dated 1872, is entitled Spring Blossoms and Summer Flowers, and the other, dated 1900, is entitled Poems of Gladness and the Higher Life. Topics covered in these volumes include the range of human emotions and foibles; childhood; politics; religious thought, feelings, and actions (including preaching and the celebration of Christmas.)

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