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Call No.: bMS 710
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707.
Title: Willard, Samuel, 1640-1707. Sermons, 1691-1692.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (1 volume)
Abstract: Handwritten sermons by Samuel Willard, dating from 1691 to 1692.
Samuel Willard (January 31, 1640-September 12, 1707) was born in Concord, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University in 1659, and was ordained a Puritan minister in Groton, Massachusetts in 1664, where he served as pastor until 1676. He was pastor of the Third Church in Boston from 1678-1707. In 1664 he married Abigail Sherman of Watertown, Massachusetts. Willard strenuously opposed the Salem witchcraft trials, and tried to influence public opinion against them. He served as acting president of Harvard from 1701, and he published many sermons; a folio volume entitled A Compleat Body of Divinity was published posthumously in 1726.
This collection consists of one bound volume of handwritten sermons, dating from 1691 to 1692. Willard was known for his fiery devotion to the Puritan church, and the sermons reflect this devotion. There are no obvious references to the Salem witchcraft trials in these sermons.