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MS Am 792

Popkin, John Snelling, 1771-1852. John Snelling Popkin sermons, prayers, and other papers, 1789-1829: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Am 792
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Popkin, John Snelling, 1771-1852.
Title: John Snelling Popkin sermons, prayers and other papers,
Date(s): 1789-1829 and undated.
Quantity: 1 collection (2 linear feet (5 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Greek.
Abstract: Autograph manuscript sermons and other papers of clergyman and scholar, John Snelling Popkin, Harvard AB 1792.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Cambridge Public Library; received: 1923 October 13.
Item (57). Gift of W. J. F. Turner, Malden, Massachusetts; received: 1918 May 10.

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:

John Snelling Popkin Sermons, Prayers and Other Papers, 1789-1829 (MS Am 792). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

John Snelling Popkin (1771-1852) was a clergyman and a scholar who was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father, John, was a lieutenant-colonel in the Revolutionary army. He received an AB from Harvard in 1792, and he was a tutor in Greek at Harvard from 1795-1798, after teaching in Woburn and Cambridge. In 1799 he was ordained pastor of the Federal Street Church in Boston, where he remained until 1802. He was pastor at Newbury in 1804-1815, then professor of Greek at Harvard until 1826, and Eliot Professor of Greek literature, to succeed Edward Everett, until 1833. From the latter date until his death he lived in retirement in Cambridge. Harvard gave him the degree of D. D. in 1815. Dr. Popkin left the Unitarian faith for the orthodox Congregational, and finally became an Episcopalian.


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Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript, unsigned sermons by John Snelling Popkin, on passages from Genesis, Joshua, Proverbs, Luke, II Corinthians, and many other books of the Bible. Some sermons have scripture citations as well as titles/topics listed on the cover sheet or a separate location/date "tracking sheet". Some also have numbers assigned to them which appears to have been an ordering system used by Popkins. Dates supplied are the dates the sermons were delivered, not the date the text was written. Also includes autograph manuscript prayers, as well as other papers by Popkin including: autograph manuscript commonplace books; a speech; receipts; a printed sermon; notes; and other material.


This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

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