Guide to the Sermons of Joseph Eckley 1776-1786 MG 323


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Guide to the Sermons of Joseph Eckley
MG 323
The New Jersey Historical Society
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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.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Joseph Eckley
Title: Joseph Eckley Sermons
Dates: 1776-1786
Abstract: Consist of sermons written and preached by Reverend Joseph Eckley between 1776 and 1786.
Quantity: 11 items
Collection Number: MG 323

Biographical Note

Joseph Eckley was born in 1750 in London, England. His parents, Katherine and Thomas Eckley immigrated to Hanover, Morris County by 1767. After graduating from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1772, Eckley stayed in the Princeton area to be near his family and to study theology with President Witherspoon. He pursued the rest of his theology education with Joseph Bellamy in Bethlehem, Connecticut. Shortly after, he returned to New Jersey in order to recover his health before seeking his license from the Presbytery of New York. His license was granted on May 7, 1776.

After being sent to Albany, New York to supply pulpits, Eckley went on to serve several churches in Boston in 1777. In 1778 he became the permanent pastor at the Old South Church, Boston, where he remained until his death in 1811.

Eckley was ordained at King’s Chapel on October 27, 1779. Although he was one of the most conservative pastor’s in Boston at the time, his theological opinions were considered moderate. By 1804 Old South Church was the only congregational church in Boston to remain Orthodox.

Eckley was a well-respected member of his community. He served as chaplain of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1783 and as state senator in 1784. He was a Federalist and an abolitionist.

Eckley died in April of 1811 in Boston. During his lifetime he had acquired a good amount of property, which he left to his heirs–his seven children from his marriage to Sally Jefferies–on April 25, 1781.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains sermons written and preached by Reverend Joseph Eckley between 1776 and 1786. The places these sermons were preached include Old South Church (Boston), Jamaica Plains, Boonton, and Morris Town

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Eckley, Joseph, 1750-1811.
Subject Topics:
Presbyterian Church–Massachusetts.
Subject Places:
Massachusetts–Religious life and customs.
Document Types:
Subject Occupations

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Related Material

For materials related to other 18th century Presbyterian ministers, see:

Manuscript Group 128, Alexander Macwhorter Daybook

Manuscript Group 389, Caleb Smith Papers

Manuscript Group 579, Jacob Green Papers

Manuscript Group 879, Samuel Miller Manuscript

Manuscript Group 894, Abijah Davis Oration

Manuscript Group 899, John McDowell Sermon Outline Book

Manuscript Group 900, Peter Kanouse Sermon Outline Book

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 323, Joseph Eckley Sermons, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

This collection was a gift of J. Wingate Thornton in 1872.

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Harrison, Richard A. Princetonians: 1769-1775. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

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