Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Baptist Association 1755-1828 MG 259
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Inventory prepared by Althea Bernheim as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Organized in 1707, the Philadelphia Baptist Association was comprised of churches chiefly in New Jersey and Philadelphia, as well as elsewhere in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
The primary purpose of this Association was to support local churches by providing collective meetings where churches would exchange information and work collaboratively. Prior to the Association’s rise there were general meetings, sometimes referred to as yearly meetings, held at various locations dating back to 1688. However, the Association deviated from the general meetings, instead of sending all members of the congregation to the meeting, each church sent delegates as representatives. The Philadelphia Association was believed to have been a dominant force in influencing Baptist ways of thinking.
These records consist of correspondence between the Philadelphia Baptist Association and associated Baptist churches in New Jersey, as well as a few in Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania. The letters deal with business issues such as the nomination of delegates, dues, and pertinent religious and political issues.
Of special note are many letters written between 1760 and 1790 by Reverend Isaac Eaton, a minister who founded the Public Grammar School in Hopewell, New Jersey in 1756. In addition, there is also a resolution from a Baptist convention concerning the John Quincy Adams-Andrew Jackson Presidential race of 1828.
This collection is arranged chronologically with the oversized materials listed at the end.
There are no access restrictions on this collection.
Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.
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The source of this collection is unknown.
This collection is available on microfilm; please consult the microfilm first before requesting to review the originals.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 259, Philadelphia Baptist Association Records, The New Jersey Historical Society.