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MS Am 1676

Pemberton, Ebenezer, 1705-1777. Ebenezer Pemberton sermons, 1740-1775: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1676
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pemberton, Ebenezer, 1705-1777.
Title: Ebenezer Pemberton sermons,
Date(s): 1740-1775.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript sermons of minister Ebenezer Pemberton, Harvard AB 1721.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

44M-107. Transferred from the Harvard University Archives; received: 1944 September 8.

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.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Ebenezer Pemberton Sermons, 1740-1775 (MS Am 1676). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Ebenezer Pemberton (1705-1777) was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1705 and died there in 1777. He was the son of Ebenezer Pemberton (1672-1717; Harvard AB 1691) the pastor of Old South Church in Boston and Mary Clark Pemberton (1681-1749). He was a Harvard AB 1721 and was chaplain at Fort William from 1722-1726, a pastor of the 1st Presbyterian Church in New York City from 1726-1753, and then served as a minister of New Brick Church in Boston from 1754 to 1774. His known friendship for Governor Thomas Hutchinson, who was a member of his congregation, caused him to be accused of loyalty to the crown, which diminished his popularity and usefulness. In 1771 he was the only minister in Boston who read the governor's proclamation from the pulpit, for the annual thanksgiving, the Whigs "walking out of the meeting in great indignation." In 1774 his church was closed, and he probably did not preach again after the evacuation of Boston in March of 1776.
Pemberton is considered one of the founders of Princeton University. Princeton gave him the degree of D.D. in 1770, the first that the college ever conferred. His publications include Sermons on Several Subjects (New York, 1738) ; Practical Discourses (1741); Salvation by Grace, through Faith (1741); and Occasional Sermons (Boston, 1771).


Arranged alphabetically by scripture citation.

Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript sermons of Ebenezer Pemberton [author of these sermons was identified in 2012, formerly listed as in "unknown hand"]. Dates listed with each item are the dates of delivery of the sermon, not necessarily the date the text was first written.

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