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A  discourse on natural religion: delivered in the Chapel of the University at Cambridge, September 5, 1787
Title
A discourse on natural religion: delivered in the Chapel of the University at Cambridge, September 5, 1787
Description
The hand-sewn notebook contains a 35-page manuscript draft of the Dudleian lecture delivered by Simeon Howard on September 5, 1787 at Harvard College. The sermon begins with the Biblical text Acts 17:28. The copy includes a small number of edits and struck-out words. The covers are no longer with the item. The lecture was not printed.
by Simeon Howard D.D.
Simeon Howard (1733-1804), a Boston minister, was born on April 29, 1733 in West Bridgewater, Mass. He received an AB from Harvard in 1758 and an AM in 1761. Howard became a Harvard tutor in 1766 before being ordained as the minister of the West Church of Boston on May 11, 1767. He delivered the Election Sermon to the Massachusetts General Court in 1780. Howard died on August 13, 1804.
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
Howard, Simeon , 1733-1804
Repository
Harvard University Archives
Date
1787
Format
.03 cubic feet (1 volume)
p. 19 x 15 cm.
Language
eng
Type
Sermons-1787.
Lectures-Massachusetts-Cambridge-1787.
Citation
Howard, Simeon , 1733-1804, “A discourse on natural religion: delivered in the Chapel of the University at Cambridge, September 5, 1787,” Colonial North American Project at Harvard, accessed July 23, 2017, http://colonialnorthamerican.library.harvard.edu/items/show/12074.