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bMS 597

Thayer, Nathaniel, 1769-1840. Papers, 1798-1844: A Finding Aid.

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

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 597
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Thayer, Nathaniel, 1769-1840.
Title: Thayer, Nathaniel, 1769-1840. Papers, 1798-1844.
Date(s): 1798-1844.
Quantity: 0.35 Cublic Feet (1 boxes)
Abstract: Papers of Congregational minister Nathaniel Thayer, consisting of correspondence. The papers span 1798-1844.

Acquisition Information:

Letters were purchased from Natalie Kassman, April 2003.

Access:

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Thayer (July 11, 1769-June 23, 1840) was born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the son of Rev. Ebenezer Thayer. Nathaniel Thayer's maternal grandfather was the Rev. John Cotton of Newton, MA (b. 1694). Thayer graduated from Harvard College in 1789, and was also a tutor at Harvard from 1792-1793. He married Sarah Toppan on October 22, 1795, and the couple had eight children. Thayer was ordained junior pastor of the church (a Congregational meeting house) in Lancaster, MA on October 9, 1793, and served as minister in Lancaster for forty-seven years.

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of twenty-five letters, which are addressed to various members of the Thayer family and their friends and associates. Topics include condolences expressed upon the death of family members, letters seeking Thayer's advice about personal family issues, and other domestic issues.

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