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Guide to the Thomas Prince letters, 1721-1738

Abstract

Thomas Prince (1687-1758) was a graduate of Harvard College, a clergyman, scholar, historian, pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, Mass. from 1718 to 1758, and author of A Chronological History of New England, in the Form of Annals (1736).

Collection includes three letters, dated 1721, 1726, and 1738, to Thomas Prince, pastor of the Old South Church in Boston. There are two letters from Prince's sister Abigail in Middleborough, Mass., dated January 4, 1721 and February 25, 1726, both discussing family matters such as health, various leases and deeds, and other subjects. In another letter, dated 1738, Prince's mother-in-law Grace Denny, of Old Newton, England, discusses her anxiety about not hearing from Prince, her declining health, and politics and the royal family in England. In a postscript, Denny notes that she has "heard of a printed account about Great Conversions in Hampshire...by the the Rev'd Doctor Watts and Doctor Guyse."

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Prince, Thomas, 1687-1758.
Title
Thomas Prince letters, 1721-1738
Language of Materials
English
Extent
0.2 linear feet
Location
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Collection Overview

Collection includes three letters, dated 1721, 1726, and 1738, to Thomas Prince, pastor of the Old South Church in Boston. There are two letters from Prince's sister Abigail in Middleborough, Mass., dated January 4, 1721 and February 25, 1726, both discussing family matters such as health, various leases and deeds, and other subjects. In another letter, dated 1738, Prince's mother-in-law Grace Denny, of Old Newton, England, discusses her anxiety about not hearing from Prince, her declining health, and politics and the royal family in England. In a postscript, Denny notes that she has "heard of a printed account about Great Conversions in Hampshire...by the the Rev'd Doctor Watts and Doctor Guyse."

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Contents of the Collection

Letter from Abigail (Prince) Thatcher, Middlesborough, Mass., to her brother Thomas Prince, 1721 January 4
Folder 1
Letter from Abigail (Prince) Thatcher, Middlesborough, Mass., to her brother Thomas Prince, 1726 February 25
Letter from Grace Cook Denny, Old Newton, England, to her son-in-law Thomas Prince, 1738
(2 pieces)

Historical Note

Thomas Prince (1687-1758) was a graduate of Harvard College, a clergyman, scholar, historian, pastor of the Old South Church in Boston, Mass. from 1718 to 1758, and author of A Chronological History of New England, in the Form of Annals (1736).

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Thomas Prince Letters, 1721-1738, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

Gift, date unknown

Processing Information

Processed by: Noah Huffman, September 2010

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, September 2010

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2000-0256

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.