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MS Am 800.15

Griswold, Stanley, 1763-1815. Stanley Griswold sermons and other papers, 1789-1829: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 800.15
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Griswold, Stanley, 1763-1815.
Title: Stanley Griswold sermons and other papers,
Date(s): 1789-1829.
Quantity: 1 collection (4 linear feet (15 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript sermons of American Congregational clergyman, Stanley Griswold.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Purchase with the Bright Legacy from the Harvard Business School; received: 1937 March 25.
A few items were also transferred later from the Harvard Business School; received: 1939 November 20.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.
This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Stanley Griswold Sermons and Other Papers, 1789-1829 (MS Am 800.15). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Papers of Stanley Griswold, his son Henry W. Griswold (d1834), and the Griswold family are also held by: Griswold Family Papers, Heard Collection. Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
The Detroit Public Library also has some Stanley Griswold correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

Stanley Griswold (1763-1815) was a Congregational clergyman in New Milford, Connecticut (1789-1803) and later was a Democratic-Republican politician from Ohio. Griswold was born in Torrington, Connecticut and he served in the militia during the Revolutionary War. After graduating from Yale College in 1786, he taught at Norwich, Connecticut and began studying theology. In 1789 he served as pastor at the First Congregational Church in New Milford, Connecticut, where he preached until 1802. His republican political sympathies made life uncomfortable in Federalist Connecticut and he left the ministry in 1803, going to Walpole, New Hampshire, to become editor of the new Democratic newspaper The Political Observatory. He stayed with the paper until the spring of 1805 when he was appointed Secretary to the new Territory of Michigan (1805-1808). After this he served as acting governor of Michigan for a time, later moved to Ohio where he was appointed to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy (1809). Griswold then moved to the Illinois Territory, where he was appointed as a federal judge, serving on the bench and as a lawyer until his death in Shawneetown, Illinois in 1815.


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Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript sermons by Stanley Griswold, delivered during his pastorate at New Milford, Connecticut from 1789-1803. There are 2 sizes of sermons, small (16.5 x 10 cm) and large (23 x 17 cm). Each is marked as to the place and date the sermon was delivered; many have multiple dates. Dates in each item are the dates of delivery of the sermon, not necessarily the date the text was written. Most sermons were delivered in Griswold's home church in New Milford, Connecticut, but also includes locations such as: Windsor, Weathersfield, Lyme, East Hartford, Danbury, New Fairfield, New London, Millington, etc... When a location is listed that is not New Milford, Griswold occasionally lists the name of the home pastor of that congregation. 1 sermon dating to 1805 appears to not be in the hand of Griswold. 2 letters were also found with these sermons, both sent to Stanley's son, Henry W. Griswold, 1824 and 1829.


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