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bMS 701

Ball, Nathan. Notebooks, 1828-1868: 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 701
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Ball, Nathan.
Title: Ball, Nathan. Notebooks,
Date(s): 1828-1868.
Quantity: 1 collection (Two notebooks)
Abstract: Two notebooks of theological writings by Nathan Ball.

Acquisition Information:

Collection purchased for Carmen D. Valentino, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Philadelphia, PA, 2009.

Processing Information:

Processed by Christopher Hoffmann, 2010.


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Biographical / Historical

Nathan Ball (1800-1831) was born in Warwick, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brown University in 1926. He then became a teacher in Sherburne, Massachusetts (possibly in 1828), overseeing the education of young men and women in the town. 

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two volumes of Ball's writings, from 1828 to 1831. The first notebook contains a series of 21 short religious dissertations on a variety of theological subjects. This section ends with the notation "So much for this Book. Amen. Amen. Watertown, Oct. 8, 1828." The last two pages of the notebook contain a list of living and travel expenses for 1828-1829. The second volume appears to be the beginning of a running commentary of critical notes on the New Testament, with only Matthew 1-18 having been addressed (chapters 7-8 were not completed). It also contains a list of expenses and receipts for 1829-1831, including tuition paid to Ball by both students and the town of Sherburne. There is a considerable amount of writing in this book dating from after Ball's death, and it is not clear who entered it. It includes a number of poems written out in different hands, an obituary poem for Ball and one for a 16 year old named Henry Hatch; diary entries from the late 1860s; and history and astronomy notes.


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