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Deducting therefore the?.e four years for the change of place, and the two years of
entire omission of religious exercises in consequence of the prevalence of small
pox, it leaves the number, (estimated from 1630,) exactly Two Hundred, in which
the annual Election Sermon has been preached in Boston.

In proof of the unbroken series, (with the exceptions named.) of these religious
celebrations, I am happy in being able to cite the impressions of a gentleman of
distinguished accuracy and research, the Rev. Dr Peirce of Rrookliue. In a com-
munication received from him whilst these sheets were passing through the press,
he remarks : " I have no evidence thai an Election Sermon ever failed, except in
the cases, and for the reasons, specified in the list of 1809. Nor does it appear
that an Election Sermon was ever delivered, which was not printed."



69

the scene, contrasted with the era when our pious
ancestors first met to pay their votive offerings, on
laying the foundations of the government ! They
convened within no gorgeous temple, but under the
thached roof of a poor, mud- walled chapel. And
they came with arms in their hands ; and mothers,
in dread of savage yells, or the rustling flight of
murderous arrows, prest their babes more closely
to their breasts, at the startling note of the pass-
ing sea-birds, or the whistling of the rude fitful
blasts. We meet in peace; having no foes to
alarm us, no weapons borne with us for defence to
the house of God. But the Fathers the Fathers
where are they ? Their venerable forms have long
since vanished as airy nothings, or the phantoms of
a dream. But their influence lives. Their princi-
ples survive. The impress of their minds, their
characters and their acts is discernible or felt in
every scene and every object around us. Let us
cherish their spirit and emulate their virtues, that
the blessings we inherit may be transmitted unim-
paired to our posterity. And oft as their hallowed
shades rising up through the mist of years shall
bend on fancy's vision, let us view them as a cloud
of witnesses that beckon us onward in the paths of
integrity, and usefulness, and honor; bidding us
especially so to improve the fugitive moments of our
responsible being, that having served our generation
by the will of God, we may ascend at last to " the
true tabernacle" in the heavens which "the Lord



70

hath pitched and not man," and join the convoca-
tion of the wise and good, collected from out of all
ages, heirs in common of an immortal heritage
the "Jerusalem which is above and FREE, the
mother of us all."



APPENDIX.



APPENDIX.



A LIST OF THOSE WHO HAVE PREACHED ON THIS ANNIVERSARY.

THE following is added by desire of the Historical Society.
Gentlemen of information are requested to fill up the blanks.
Those who possess any Election Sermons, particularly for the
first century of Massachusetts, will benefit the public and pos-
terity, by depositing them in the library of the Historical So-
ciety, where they will be gratefully received and carefully pre-
served. Those which were in that library in 1809, are
marked with a star.

N. B. By comparing the ensuing table with that annexed
to the discourse of the Rev. Dr. Osgood, (in 1809,) it will
be perceived that a considerable number of blanks has been
filled up. In the column of names, between the years 1646
and 1717, fifteen deficiences are supplied ; in that of residen-
ces, thirteen ; and ten more, under the head of texts or sub-
jects. These interesting gleanings have been contributed by
the kindness of the friend mentioned on a former page the
learned and Rev. Dr. John Pierce. The remainder of the
list since 1809 has been completed by another hand; and the
endeavor has been to render it scrupulously accurate. The
result is, that every preacher since 1691, and both every
preacher and text since 1697, have been ascertained and re-
corded.

7



74



Year.


BY WHOM.


OP WHAT PLACE.


TEXT.


SIZE.


1631


Rev.








16-W










16.54


" John Collon, .


Boston,


[Haggai,ii. 4.*]


.


163 >










1636










Ki37


" Thomas Shepard, .


Newtown .






1640










1 r i i


" Nathaniel \Vard,








1642










1(Ll -*


*' Ezekicl Rogers, .


Rowley . .






M44










1645










1646


" Edward Norris, .








1647










1643


" Zechariah ^ymmes,


Cliarlestown,






1619


" Tliomas Cobbell, .


Ipswich, .




.


1650










1651










1652










1653










16H










16S5










1656


" Charles Chauncy.t .


Cambridge,







1658


" Joiiaih : in Mitchell, .








16 9


" John Eliot,


Roxbury, .







1660


" Richard Mather, .


Dorrhester,


Psatm, Ixxvii. 20,




1661


" *Juhn Norton,


Boston,


Jeremiah, xxx. 17, .


4to.


1662










1661


*T 1 IT' -*.-'

"John Higginson, .


Salem,


1 Kings, viii. 57, 58, 59


do.


1661


" Kit-hard Miiiher, .


Dorchester,


llajjgai. ii. 4, .




1665


< John Kussell. .


Had ley, .


I'salm, cxxii. 2,


.


16(16


" 'J'homas Cobbett, .


l|)n\vicll,


2 ('hroincles, xv. 2, .


.


1667


" "Jonathan Min hel.


Cambridge,


Nehemiidi, ii. 10,


do.


J668


" *\Vin. iSioiighioii4 .


Dorchester,


Isaiah, Ixiii 8, .


do.


1670


" Samuel Daiifbrlll, .


Koxhury, .


Matthew, xi. 1, 8, 9 .




1671


"John ( Ixenhriclgc. .


Boston, .


Hosea, viii. 4, .


12 mo.


1672


" "Tboina-iShopard, .


("harlestown,


Jf-remlah. i>. 31,


4i->.


167.5


" *Urian Oakes t


Cainl>ridj;e,


Deul. xvxii. 2, .


do.


1674


" "Samuel I'orre^', .


Weyniouth,


Revelatidii, i'. 5,


do.


167.0


' Moody, .




Ju<lges, ii. 12, .




1676


" *U illinin Mul'bard,


Ipswich, .


1 Chronicles, xii. 32.


do.


1677


" Increase Maiher, .


Boston,


1 Chronicles, xxviii. 9


do.


167H


" Snnuiel Phillips, .


Kovvley,


1 Timothy, ii 2,


KJ79


" *James Allen,


Boston, .


1 Kings, viii. 57, . i do.




Bulkley,








1681


" \\ illiam Ur insmca.l


Marlborough. .


Jeremiah, vi. 8,


|


1682


" Samuel Willanl, . Boston, .


Jeremiah, xxvi. 12, 13




1688


" *.Samtiel Torre3', .


\\Vvnioudi,


Dem. xxxii. 47,


4to.


1684


" [John] Hale, .


[Beverley.]


Haggai, ii. 4, .


do.


What is inc'uded in brackets, ha been added on probnH iiy, or without positive authority.


t Presidents uf Harvard College. J Afierward Lieutenant Governor.



75



Year.


BY WHOM.


OP WHAT PLACK.


TEXT.


SIZE.


168 5


Rev. 'William Adams, .


[Dedham,]


Isaiah, Ixvi. *2, .


4lo.


16 Bo


" Mic'l Wigglesworlli.


.Mulde.ii, .


Revelations, ii. 4,


do.


16^7










1689


" Totton Mather,* .


Boston,


2 Chron. xv. 2,


12 mo.


WO


" *Cottoa Mather,


Boston,


Nehemiah, v. 19,


do.


1691










1692


" f Joshua] .Moodey,


[Boston ]






1693


' *lncrea.-.e Maiht-r, .


Boston,


Isaiah, i. 26, .


4to.


1694


'' "Samuel Willnrd, .


Boston,


2 Samuel, xxiii. 3, .


12 mo.


1695


" "Samuel Torrey, .


Weymoulh,


Hosea, i 7,


do.


1696


" Cotton Mather.


Bo>lOH,


1 Samuel, vii. 6 10,


,


1697


" [John] D.niorlh, .


[Dorchester.]






1698


" "Nicholas Noycs, .


Salem,


Jeremiah, xxxi. 23, .


12 mo.


1699


" Increase* MiiihiT








1700


" "Cotton Mather,


Boston,


Psalm, cxlvii. 2,


12 mo.


1701


" Joseph Belc her, .


Dedham, .


Job, xxix. 25, .


do.


1702


" Increase Mather,


Boston,


Esther, x 3, .


do.


1703


" Solomon Sloddard,


Northampton, .


Exodus, xx. 12,




1704


" 'Jonathan Russell .


Barnsiable,


Nehemiah, ix 33,


4to.


170.^


" *J E-tnt. rooks, A M.


Concord, .


Genesis, Xii. 2, .


do.


1706


" John Rogers,


Ipswich, .


1 Kings, viii. 57, 58,


12 mo.


1707


" Samuel Belcher,


Newhury, .


Matthew, vi. 10,


do.


1708


' John Norton, .


Hingliam, .


Numbers, xiv. 11,


do.


1709


" (t. Rawson, A. M. .


Mendon, .


Jeremiah, xiii 16,


do.


1710


" *EI'en. Pemberion.


Boston, .


Psalm, Ixxxii. 6, 7, .


do.


1711


" Pet.Tharher, A. M.


iMillon


Isaiah, Ivii. 18, .


do.


1712


" Samuel Cheever, .


Marblehead,


Psalm, x*ii. 27, 28, .


do.


1713


" Samuel 'I'reat,


Easiham, .


Psalm, ii. 8, .




17U


" Samuel Danlorth, .


Taunlon, .


Psalm, Ixxx. 14,


12 mo.


1715


" Jer. Shepard, A. M.


Lynn,


Isaiah, Ixiii. 12,


do.


1716


" Benja. \Vadsvvoith,


Boston, .


Psalm, Ixxviii. 72, .


do.


17.7


" Roland Cotton,


Sandwich,


Ecclexiastes, xii. 13,


do.


1718


" Benj. Colman, A. M.


Boston.


Nehemiah. v. 19,


do.


1719


" 'Win Williams, -


Haifield, .


Judges, ii. 2, .


do.


1720


'' Naihaii'd Sionc. .


Harwich, .


Romans, xiii. 3,


do.


1721


" 'Sam. Moo<ley,A M


York,


Luke, iv. 14, 15,


do.


1722


" John Hancock,! "


Lexington,


Luke, xxii 25, .


do.


1723


" Benjamin Colman, .


Boston,


1 Chron. xxviii. 8,


do.


1721.


" Joseph Sewall,


Boston,


2 Samuel, xxiii. 3, 4,


do.


1725


" Eben Thayer. A. M


Roxbury, .


Jeremiah, vi. 8.


do.


1726


" Peter Thacher, '


Boston,


Psalm, Ixxvii. 20,


do.


1727


" Joseph Baxter, M. A


Medfiel.l, .


1 Timothy, ii. 1,2, .


do.


1728


" Robert Breck, A. M


M^rlborough, .


Dent. v. 29, .


do.


1729


" Jerem Wise, M. A


Berwick, .


Romans, xiii 4,


8vo


1730


" Thos. Prince, '


Boston, .


I Samuel ii. 6, 7,


do.


1731


" Samuel Fiske, "


Saiem,


Psalm, ci. 6,


do.


1732


" John Swift, "


Framingham,


Luke xiii. 9, .


do.


1733


" Sam. Wigglesworth


Ipswich, .


Rev. iii. 1,2,.


do.



* To Convention, after Andros was deposed.

< Prom this period, the serie* is nearly complete ; and several duplicates are in the posses-
sion of the Society, which they \vouM be hiippy to change for any rare rr curicus historical
tract?. Among the few which are wanting, the Sermon lor 1730 Is lot or mislaid, and a copy
woul.l be very grateluily acknowledged.



76



Year.


BY WHOM.


OP WHAT PLACE.


TEXT.


SIZE.


17-4


Rev. John Barnard, A. M


Marblehead,


Proverbs, xvi. 12, .


8vo


1735


'' Ji>hn Prentice, ''


Lancaster,


2Chron.xvii.3,4,5, 6


do.


1736


" Edw. Holyoke.M. A


iMarblehead,


Noheminh, vii. 2,


do.


1737


" Israel Loring, A. M.


Sudbury, .


Rev. ii. 5,


do.


1733


" John Webb, M. A .


Hosloii,


Isaiah, ix. 6,


do.


1739


" Peter Clarke, A. M.


Salem.


Ho*ea, xi. 12, .


do.


1740


" Wm. Cooper, "


Hoston,


Psalm, ii. 10, 11, 12,


do.


1741


" Wm. Williams, M. A.


\Veston, .


Zech. xii. 5,


do.


1742


" N. Appleton, A. M


Cambridge,


Psalm, Ixxii. 1, 2, 3,


do.


1743


' Naih. Eells, V. D. M.


Sciiuate, .


Deut. xxxii. 47,


do.


1744


' J. Allin, V. D. M. .


Hrookline,


Isaiah, vi. 1,


do.


1745


' Eben. G-iy, A. AI. .


Hingham, .


2 Samuel, xxi. 17, .


do.


1746


' John Barnard. M. A.


Andover, .


Psalm Ixxxii. 1,


do.


1747


' Ch. Chauncey, D. D.


Boston,


2 Samuel, xxiii. 3, .


do.


1748


" Daniel Lewis. A M.


Pembroke,


Isaiah, xxii. 21,


do.


1749


" William Balcli, "


Bradford, .


Psalm, cxxii.6,7,8,9


do.


1750


" Sam'l Phillips, "


Andover, .


Prov. viii. 15, 16,


do.


1751


" Wm. Welsteed, "


Boston, .


Psalm, xlvii. 9,


do.


1752*










1753


" John Collon. "


Newlon, .


Fsaiah, xxxiii. 6,


do.


1754


" Jona. Mayhe'w, D. D.


Boston,


Matthew, xxv. 21, .


. do.


1755


'' S. Checkley, A. M.


Pioston,


Zcphaniah, i. 15,


do.


1756


" Snni'l Cooper, "


Boston,


Heb. xi. 24, 25, "1G, .


do.


1757


" Ebenezer Pemberlon.


Boston,


Deul. v. 29,


do.


1758


' Thomas Friuk, A. M.


Rutland, .


Isaiah, xxxii. 1, 2, .


do.


1759


" Jos Parsons, "


Bradford, .


Esther, x. 3, .


do.


1760


" Samuil Dunbar, "


Stoughton,


2 Ciiron xv. 1, 2,


do.


1761


" Benj. Stevens, "


Killery,


2 Cor. iii. 17, .


do.


1762


' Ab'm Williams, "


Sandwich,


1 Cor. xii. 25, .


do.


1763


" Thos. Barnard, "


Salem,


Judges, ix. 7 to 15, .


do.


1764*








do.


1765


" Andrew Eliot, "


Boston,


1 Chron. xii. 32,


do.


1766


" Edw. Barnard, "


Haverhill, . .


Neh. v. 19.


do.


1767


" Kben. Bridge, "


Chelmsford,


Deut. xxxiii. 39,


do.


1768


" Daniel Shnte, "


Hinsham, .


Ezra, x. 4,


do.


1769


" Jason Haven, "


Dedham, .


Psalm, Ixxv. 6, 7,


do.


1770


" Samuel Cooke.f "


Cambridge,


2 Sam. xxiii. 3, 4, .


do.


1771


" John Tucker,t "


Newbury, .


IPet. ii. 13, 14, 15,16,


do.


1772


" Moses Parsons,t "


Newbury-Falls,


Proverbs, xxi. 1,


do.


1773


" Charles Turner, "


Duxbury, .


Romans, xiii. 4,


do.


1774


" Gad Hitchcock, "


Pembroke, .


Proverbs, xxix. 2, .


do.


1775


" S. Langdon, D D.|


Cambridge,


Isaiah, i. 26, .


do.




" William Gordon, .


Roxbury, . .


Jeremiah, xxx. 9,0, 21,


do.


1776


" Samuel West, A. M.


Dartmouth,


Titus, iii. 1,


do.


1777


" Sam'l Webster, "


Salisbury, .


Ezekiel, xlv. 8, 9, .


do.


1778


" I'hillips Payson, "


Chelsea, .


Galatians, iv. 26, 31,


do.


1779


" Samuel Stillman, "


Boston,


Matthew, xxii. 21, .


do.


1780


" Simeon Howard, "


Boston,


Exodus, xviii. 21, .


do.



'Small Pox in Boston no Sermon preached.



t At Cambridge.



: President of Harvard College. Preached hefore the Provincial Congress, at Watertown,

May 31.



Preached before the General Court at Watertown, on the 19th July, on their assembling,
agreeably to the advice of Congress, for the choice of Counsellors.



77



Year.


BY WHOM.


OF WHAT PLACE.


TEXT.


SIZE.


1781


Rev. Jonas Clarke, A. M


Lexington,


Psalm, xlvii. 8, 9, .


8vo


1782


" Zabdiel Adams, "


Lunenburg,


Ecclesiastes, viii. 4, .


do.


1783


" Henry Cumings, "


Billerica, . . , 1 Peter, v. ft, .


do.


1284


" Moses Hemmenway,


Wells, . . j Gnlatians, v. 13,


do.


1785


" \Vm. Symmes, A. M


Andover, . . 1 Chron. xxviii. 8. .


do.


1736


" Samuel West, "


Needham,.


Maithew, xx. 27,


do.


1787


" Joseph Lyman,


Hatficld, .


Romans, xiii. 4,


do.


1788


" David Parsons, A. M


Amherst, .


Proverbs, xxiv. 2,


do.


1789


" Josiah Bridge,


East Sudbury, . I Psalm, Ixxxii. 1,


do.


1790


" Daniel Foster, A. M


NewBraintree, . Proverbs viii. 16, .


do.


1791


" Chand. Robhins, "


Plymouth, . ; 2 ChroH. xii. 12,


do.


1792


" David Tappan, "


Newhury, . Psalm, Ixxvii. 20,


do.


1793


" Sam. Parker, D. D.


Boston,


Proverbs, xiv. 34, .


do.


1794


" Sam. Deane, "


Portland, .


Proverbs, iii. 6,


do.


1795


" Perez Forbes, LL. D.


Raynham,


2 Peter, ii. 10. 12, .


do.


ngfi


" Jona. French, A. M.


Andover, .


Romans, xiii. 5,


do.


1797


" John Mellen, Jr.


Barnstable, . ! 1 Peter, ii. 15, .


do.


1798


" Naih Emmdns, A.M.


Franklin, .


Daniel, vi. 28, .


do.


1799


" Paul Coffin, "


Buxton,


2 Samuel, xxi. 17, .


do.


1800


" Jos. M'Keen, "


Beverly, .


Matthew, v. 14,


do.


J801


" Aaron Bancroft,


Worcester,


Isaiah, ix. 21,22, .


do.


1802


" Thos. Baldwin, A. M.


Boston,


1 Peter, ii. 16, .


do.


1803


" Reuben Puffer,


Berlin,


Luke, xix. 44, .


do.


1804


" Sam. Kendall, A. M.


VV'eston, .


Deut. xxxii. 46, 47. .


do.


1805


" John Allyn,


Duxborough,


Kom.x l,&ix 1,2,3


do.


1806


" Sam. Sliepard,A. M.


Lenox,


1 Chron. xxix. 12, .


do.


1807


" Wm. Bentley, "


Salem,


Peut. xxxiii. 3,


do.


1808


" Thomas Allen, "


Pittsfield, .


1 Timothy, iv. 8,


do.


1809


" David Osgood, D. D


Medford, .


Judges, ix. 56, 57, .


do.



List of Preachers continued from and after 1809.



1810


Rev. Elijah Parish, D. D.


Byfield, .


Romans, xiii. iv,


8vo


1811


Thos.Thacher, A.M.


Dedham, .


Judges, viii 23,24, .


do.


1812


" Edmund Foster, '


Littleton, .


ICor.xii. 18, 19,20,21


do.


1813


" William Allen, D. D.


Piitsfield, .


John, xviii. 36, .


do.


1814
1815


' Jesse Applelon, "
' James Flint. "


Brunswick,
E. Bridgewater,


ls;iiah, xxxiii. 6,
Deut. iv. 9,


do.
do.


1816


' John T. Kirkland,"


Harvard Univ. .


Psalms, cvi. 45,


do.


1817


' Thomas Snell, "


N. Brookfield, .


Isaiah, iv. 5,


do.


1818


' Zeph. S. Moore, "


Amherst, .


Mark, ii. 27, 28,


do.


1819


' Peter Eaton, "


Box ford, .


Romans, iii. 1, 2,


do.


1820


' William Jenks, "


Boston,


2 Cor. iii. 17, .


do.


1821


" Henry Ware, "


Harvard Univ. .


Acts, xvii. 26, .


do.


It-. 22


D. Huntington, A. M. Hadle}-, .


Acts, xviii. 14, 15, .


do.


1823


Nathl. Thayer, D. D. Lancaster,


Deut. xx vi. 19,


do.


1824


' Daniel Sharp, "


Boston,


Jer. xxx. 19, 20, 21,


do.


1825


Wm. B. Sprague, "


WestSpiingfield,


Luke, xii. 48, .


do.


1826


Orville Dewey, A.M.


New Bedford, .


Psalms, Ixxxiii. 2, 3,


do.


1827


Mos. Stuart, S. T. P. Andover, .


2 Cor. xiii. 17,


do.


1828


James Walker, D. D. (,'harlestown, .


Exodus, xviii. 21,


do.


1829


Wilbur Fisk, "


W II bra ham,


1 Peter, iv. 7, .


do.


1830


W. E. Channing, "


Boston,


John, viii. 31,32,36,


do.



78



Year.


BY WHOM.


OP WHAT PLACE.


TEXT.


SIZE.


1831


Rev. L. VVithington, A. M.


Nrwburyport, .


Tims, ii. 15,


8vo


1832


4 Paul Dean,


Boston,


Romans, xiii. 1,


do.


1833


' \V.B.O.Peabody,AM


Springfield,


Acts, xxii. 28, .


do.


1834


' 3. W. Yeomaus, "


I'itlsfield, .


Matthew, vi. 33,


do.


1835


' J.M.\Vain\v.ight,Dr>


Hoslon,


Deut. xv. 11, .


do.


1836


' Aiidw. Bigelow,A.M.


Tauiilon, .


Exodus, xiv. 15,


do.



ERRATA.

Page 38, line 4th, (Note,) for " his own times," read his times
" 47, top line, for "judicially," read judiciously.



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