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bMS 480

Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842. Papers: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 480
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Channing, William Ellery, 1780-1842.
Title: Channing, William Ellery. Papers, 1803-1900.
Date(s): 1803-1900.
Quantity: 2 boxes
Abstract: Papers of American theologian, author, Unitarian minister, and Harvard graduate William Ellery Channing including material related to Channing's ministry at Federal Street Church, Boston (now known as the Arlington Street Church), plus general correspondence (1817-1840), memorials and services for Channing, published sermons and addresses, and pamphlets on Channing.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Arlington Street Church, Boston.

Related Materials

See related collection bMS 100, and the records of the Arlington Street Church, bMS 4.

Biographical / Historical

William Ellery Channing (1780-1842) graduated from Harvard College in 1798. He served on the board of the Harvard Corporation from 1813 to 1826, where he worked for the establishment of the Harvard Divinity School, which occurred in 1816. A Unitarian minister, Channing served as the pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston from 1803 until his death in 1842. In 1819 he gave the landmark Unitarian sermon, Unitarian Christianity, which upon publication sold thousands of copies. A believer in the abolitionist movement, he penned The Duty of the Free States in 1842, which was a rebuttal to Daniel Webster's teachings concerning the national slave laws.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Collection includes material related to Channing's ministry at Federal Street Church, Boston (now known as the Arlington Street Church), plus general correspondence (1817-1840), memorials and services for Channing, published sermons and addresses, and pamphlets on Channing.

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