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Popery a complex falsehood: or an attempt to clear and evidence, that it is so, in a lecture had at Harvard College in Cambridge, New England, on May 10th, 1769
Title
Popery a complex falsehood: or an attempt to clear and evidence, that it is so, in a lecture had at Harvard College in Cambridge, New England, on May 10th, 1769
Description
The hand-sewn notebook contains a 30-page manuscript draft of the Dudleian lecture delivered by Samuel Mather on May 10, 1769 at Harvard College. The sermon begins with the Biblical text 2 Thess. 11:11, 12. The copy includes a small number of edits and struck-out words. The item has unattached pages and is in fragile condition. The lecture was never published.
Samuel Mather (1706-1785), a Boston minister and youngest son of Cotton Mather, was born on October 30, 1706 in Boston. He graduated from Harvard with an AB in 1723 and an AM in 1726. He served as chaplain of Castle William in South Boston until June 21, 1731/2 when he was ordained as a pastor of the Second Church of Boston. Mather was dismissed from the Second Church in 1742 and later formed the Tenth Congregational Society where he served as pastor until his death on June 27, 1785.
Harvard’s oldest endowed lecture, the annual Dudleian lecture, is funded by a bequest from the 1750 will of the Chief Justice of Massachusetts Paul Dudley (1675-1750/1). Dudley specified that the topics of the annual sermon were to rotate among four themes: natural religion, revealed religion, the "Romish church," and the validity of the ordination of ministers. The first lecture was given in 1755, and the series continued uninterrupted until 1857, when the fund was suspended to allow for accumulation. The lecture series began again in 1888. In 1911, the Trustees voted to discontinue the third lecture topic, and the series continued rotating among the three topics until 1956, when another lecture topic, "Catholicism and Protestantism," was voted into the rotation.
Creator
Mather, Samuel , 1706-1785
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Date
1769
Format
.03 cubic feet (1 volume)
p. 22 x 17 cm.
Language
eng
Type
Sermons-1769.
Lectures-Massachusetts-Cambridge-1769.
Citation
Mather, Samuel , 1706-1785, “Popery a complex falsehood: or an attempt to clear and evidence, that it is so, in a lecture had at Harvard College in Cambridge, New England, on May 10th, 1769,” Colonial North American Project at Harvard, accessed September 24, 2017, http://colonialnorthamerican.library.harvard.edu/items/show/12067.