The David Avery Manuscript Collection, an Addendum to the Papers of David Avery (1746-1818)

Collection Summary

Creator: Avery, David, 1746-1818
Dates: 1744-1909
Extent: 6 boxes (3.7 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of published materials and research materials by and about David Avery.



Avery, David, 1746-1818.

Avery family.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Sermons, American--Early works to 1800.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

A large collection of David Avery's papers were donated to the Seminary Libraries by his great-great-granddaughter, Mrs. Martin B. O'Connor, in 1976. A separate collection of diaries and sermons was acquired by the Connecticut Historical Society, having been donated by other descendents of Avery in the early 20th century. The entire collection was brought together and microfilmed in Princeton in 1978, with the support of a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Some materials, including published materials and research tools from the Seminary collection were not microfilmed. This finding aid was written as a guide to those materials.


There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The David Avery Manuscript Collection, an Addendum to the Papers of David Avery (1746-1818). Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

For the print inventory and guide to the David Avery Papers (Boxes 1- 24), see Special Collections, Call Number: SC REF BR1725 .A937

John M. Mulder, ed. The Papers of David Avery, 1746-1818: [a Guide to the Microfilm Edition]. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton Theological Seminary, 1979.

The Papers of David Avery, 1746-1818, were microfilmed by Princeton Datafilm, Inc., in Princeton, New Jersey. A copy of the microfilmed collection is available in the Library Microfilm Area, Call Number: Microfilm 1944-1945.

Other copies of the microfilmed collection can be found at many libraries around the United States, including: the Yale University Library (Divinity Special Collections), Connecticut Historical Society, and Harvard University Divinity School Library.

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The John M. Mulder Manuscript Collection



Box 25
25:1 Two printed sermons by Avery, Boston. 1791
25:2 Two printed sermons by Avery, Boston, 1791
25:3 Address of the Pastors of the Western District of New Haven to the Churches...; Address...on duty...of dispersing religious tracts among the poor 1803; [undated]
25:4 Bacon, John. A Letter to the Rev. Joseph Huntington, D.D., Boston, 1782
25:5 Bearcroft, Philip. A Sermon Preached before the Incorporated Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, London, February 1744
25:6 Buell, Samuel. The Best New Year's Gift for Young People: by Piety and Glory. Sermon. East Hampton; Youth's Triumph: A Poem or Vision. January 1, 1775
25:7 Dickinson, Jonathan. A Vindication of God's Sovereign Free Grace..., Boston, 1746
25:8 Edwards, Jonathan. The Excellency of Christ. Sermon on Rev. 5:5-6, Boston, 1805
25:9 Emmons, Nathaniel. Sermon Preached at Installation of Rev. David Avery, Wrentham, May 25, 1786
25:10 Emmons, Nathaniel. Sermon Preached at Installation of Rev. David Avery, Wrentham, May 25, 1786
25:11 Emmons, Nathaniel. Sermon Preached at Installation of Rev. David Avery, Wrentham, May 25, 1786
25:12 Fitch, Eleazer Thompson, Sermons XXII and XXIII, New York, 1827. The National Preacher, Sept. 1827
25:13 Fowler, Orin, Sermon. Delivered at the Ordination of Rev. Israel G. Rose, Hartford, 1825
25:14 Acts and Laws the General Court...of Connecticut. Re: Regulation of New Gate Prison in Symsbury, 1773
25:15 Acts and Laws the General Court. Re: Oath of Fidelity to this State. 1777
25:16 Greenwood, T. J., Sermon, New London, November 29, 1846
25:17 Hopkins, Samuel, Animadversions on Mr. Hart's late Dialogue in a Letter to a Friend, 1770
25:18 Hunt, John. Sermon Preached at His Ordination and at the Installment of the Rev. John Bacon. Boston, September 25, 1771
25:19 Huntington, Dan. Election Sermon, May 12, 1814
25:20 Little, Daniel. A Brief Account of the Present State for Propagating the Gospel Among the Indians... Supplement to the Independent Chronicle, February 3, 1791
Box 26
26:1 Messer, Asa. Commencement Address, Brown University. (David Avery, Jr.'s class) September 5, 1810
26:2 Nott, Samuel. A Sermon on the Idolatry of the Hindoos. Norwich, 1817
26:3 Proposals for the Printing by Subscription of Seven Sermons on Baptism. On verso: Genological notes June 14, 1805
26:4 Rogers, John. A Looking-Glass for the Presbyterians at New London, 1767
26:5 Saunders, Edward Clark. A Collection of Hymns, Windham. (D. Avery's copy) 1791
26:6 Smith, Samuel Stanhope. Three Discourse. Boston. (D. Avery's copy) 1791
26:7 The American Phrenological Journal VII (July 1845)
26:8 "A Blow at the Roots of Refined Antinomianism"
26:9 "A Divine Visitation"
26:10 "An Election Sermon"
26:11 Evangelical Magazine 1793
26:12 Evangelical Magazine (November 1796)
26:13 Evangelical Magazine (March 1807)
26:14 Literary Cabinet (Yale College) I (March 21, 1807)
26:15 Literary Cabinet (Yale College) I (August 1, 1807)
26:16 On National Happiness; The Present State of the Society in Scotland for Propagating Christian Knowledge
26:17 Sermon IV: The Folly of Looking Back in Fleeing out of Sodom
26:18 Sermon fragment
26:19 Fragment from unidentified journal
26:20 News clipping, April 10, 1909
26:21 Excerpts from book on Island of St. John's, Newfoundland and the United States
26:22 Memoirs of Joseph Bellamy, D.D.
26:23 Genealogies
26:24 Miscellaneous materials
26:25 Miscellaneous material (Fragments from printed item)
26:26 Miscellaneous material
Box 27: Photocopied materials related to David Avery
27:1 Avery to Eleazar Wheelock, December 31, 1776
27:2 Avery to Dr. Wheelock, November 27, 1767
27:3 Avery to Rev. Dr. Wheelock, September 17, 1771
27:4 Avery to Dr. Potts, September 2, 1776
27:5 Avery to Nicholas Cook, January 13, 1777
27:6 Avery to Major Burr, August 9, 1777
27:7 John Bailey to Henry Laurens, President of Congress regarding Avery's appointment as military chaplain, August 11, 1778
27:8 Avery to Samuel Huntington requesting discharge from military service, on verso: resignation accepted February 1, 1780
27:9 Minutes of the Old First Congregational Church, Bennington, Vermont, January 13 - 1779 to May 27, 1783
27:10 Avery to Samuel Jennison, May 4, 1789
27:11 Avery to Congregational Church in Preston, June 4, 1793
27:12 Avery to Rev. Joseph Lathrop, January 26, 1809
27:13 Avery to Hampshire Missionary Society, Mass., March 18, 181(?)
27:14 Avery to Rev. Joseph Lyman, March 18, 1817
Box 28: Transcriptions
28:1 Pages 1 - 150 (A Fast-Day Sermon - Letter from John Blydenburgh to Avery) March 16, 1775 to July 6, 1775
28:2 Pages 151 - 299 (A Sermon) June 9, 1775 - December 10, 1775
28:3 Pages 300 - 449 (A Sermon - Letter to Hannah Chaplin from Avery) (December 24, 1775 - March 15, 1777)
Box 29: Transcriptions
29:1 Pages 450 - 599 (Continuation of letter to Hannah Chaplin from Avery - A Thanksgiving Sermon) March 15, 1777
29:2 Pages 600 - 750 (A Sermon) (April 7, 1778 - August 15, 1779)
29:3 Pages 751 - 899 (Continuation of Sermon - A Sermon to the Vermont General Assembly) (August 15, 1779 - October 12, 1780)
29:4 Pages 900 - 999 (Continuation of Sermon - A Thanksgiving Sermon) (October 12, 1780 - November 30, 1815)
Box 30
30:1 The Groton-Avery Clan Genealogical Index
30:2 "Draft of the Life of Moses" (poem by David Avery, Jr.)


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