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bMS 684

Gale, Amory. Papers, 1823-1861: 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 684
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Gale, Amory.
Title: Gale, Amory. Papers,
Date(s): 1823-1861.
Quantity: 4 boxes
Abstract: Papers of Unitarian minister and doctor, Amory Gale, including sermons, correspondence, medical and scientific writings, and personal artifacts. The papers span 1823-1861.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of William F. Abbott, Jr., November 2006.


There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Reverend Amory Gale (1800-1873) was born in Warwick, Massachusetts. He received a doctor of medicine degree from Brown University in 1824. He practiced medicine and gave lectures on scientific subjects in Barre, Massachusetts; Amherst, New Hampshire; and South Scituate, Massachusetts. In South Scituate, he studied with the Rev. Samuel J. May, who was pastor of the local Unitarian church. Gale was ordained as an evangelist in Kingston, Massachusetts, and he served congregations in East Bridgewater and Pembroke, Massachusetts, and Southington, Connecticut. He became pastor of the Unitarian church in Norton, Massachusetts, and was there for four years. He was preparing for a new post in Barnstable, Massachusetts, when he fell ill and had to retire from the ministry. He resumed the practice of medicine as a homoeopathist and established a large practice in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. In 1853, he retired to East Medway, Massachusetts, where he spent the remainder of his life.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into four series. Series I consists of Gale's sermons and they are listed alphabetically by title, or by first line if no title is given. Many of the sermons were delivered in more than one location and on more than one date, and those dates and locations are usually noted on the sermon. The date that appears on each sermon in the list below is the last date noted on that sermon. Series II contains letters written to Gale, arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series III is comprised of medical and scientific writings, mostly by Gale, but some published texts by other authors are also included. Series IV consists of Gale's personal artifacts, such as his eyeglasses and wallet.


The number after the slash in each entry in the following list indicates the box number, and the number in parentheses is the folder number.

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