MS Am 2569
Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. John Burt Wight papers, 1808-1858: Guide.
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Call No.: MS Am 2569
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883.
Title: John Burt Wight papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Compositions, mostly sermons, of Massachusetts minister, John Burt Wight, and transcript
of a journal of his father, Henry Wight.
56M-200. Transferred from the Harvard Law School Library; received: 1957 June.
Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt
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John Burt Wight Papers, 1808-1858 (MS Am 2569). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Henry Wight (1752-1837) was a minister and the father of John Burt Wight. His journal
records that he was born in Medfield, Massashusetts on May 26, 1752 and was married
to Alice Burrington of Trenton, Rhode Island on June 21, 1789. Henry Wight died in
Bristol, Rhode Island in 1837.
John Burt Wight was a clergyman, the pastor of the First Parish Church of East Sudbury,
and was also Wayland's representative to the General Court of Massachusetts. The son
of Henry Wight and Alice Burrington Wight, he was born on May 7, 1790 in Bristol,
Rhode Island and died on December 20, 1883. He married Sarah Grout Wight on January
In 1815, John Burt Wight developed a collection of 300 moral and religious books known
as the "East Sudbury Charitable Library". This collection was one of the early libraries
that formed the original collection of the Wayland Free Public Library when it was
established in 1850. In 1851, Wight, then a Representative in the General Court, introduced
a bill which resulted in the Library Act of 1851 making it legal to raise and spend
public funds in order to "establish and maintain libraries for the use of the inhabitants
Arranged alphabetically by author, then by title.
Primarily autograph manuscript sermons of John Burt Wight, including dates and places
where each sermon was delivered. Also includes a manuscript "exercise" he wrote while
at college in 1808, and a speech delivered for July 4th. Also includes a manuscript
transcript by J.B. Wight of his father, Henry Wight's (1752-1837) journal.
This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
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- (1). Wight, Henry, 1752-1837. Journal : manuscript transcript (in the hand of John Burt Wight), undated. 1 folders
Covers time period from
Date: 1789-1854. There are later entries in this journal that could not be a transcript and would not
be about Henry Wight.
Records that HW went to a public dinner with George Washington in August 19, 1790
in Providence, Rhode Island. Mentions people being put into the stocks for intemperance
in 1791, illnesses and death in family, boarders in his home, death of wife (1797),
selling land for son's education, son John entering college at Providence (1805 February),
son Henry Wight, travels, deaths, his ministry, and other topics.
- (2). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. 1. Thess. 5.16. Rejoice evermore : autograph manuscript sermon, 1858 October 24. 1 folders
With autograph note by JBW: "A sermon contributed by John B. Wight formerly a settled
minister in Wayland and still residing there in the eighty seventh year of his age."
- (3). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. [Fourth of July speech delivered at Marlborough in 1816] : autograph manuscript speech, 1816 July 4. 1 folders
Begins: "Friends and fellow citizens. This day is justly dear to Americans..."
- (4). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Is the will necessarily determined by motives? : autograph manuscript (signed), 1808 April 8. 1 folders
Marked: "college exercise."
- (5). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Isaiah 45.7. I am the light and create darkness... : autograph manuscript sermon, 1846 October 25. 1 folders
- (6). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Job 21.15. What is the almighty that we should serve him and what profit... : autograph manuscript sermon, 1839 March 3. 1 folders
- (7). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. John 13.17. If ye know these things happy are ye if ye do them : autograph manuscript sermon, 1834 September 18. 1 folders
- (8). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Prov. 20.27. The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord : autograph manuscript sermon, 1855 May 6. 1 folders
- (9). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Rom. 12.21. Overcome evil with good : autograph manuscript sermon, 1858 December 12. 1 folders
- (10). Wight, John B. (John Burt), 1790-1883. Rom. 12.21. Overcome evil with good : autograph manuscript sermon, 1858 December 26. 1 folders