The Gilbert Tennent Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Tennent, Gilbert, 1703-1764
Dates: 1755-1762
Extent: 2 Boxes (0.5 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1703 February 5 Born, County Armagh, Ireland
1725 Graduated, Yale College
1725 Lisensed to Preach
1726-1743 Pastor, New Brunswick, New Jersey
1753 Tennent along with Samuel Davies traveled to Europe to solicit funds for the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)
1764 July 23 Died, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Biographical Information

Gilbert Tennent was a Presbyterian clergyman in the mid-1700s. He was one of the leaders of the "Great Awakening" in Colonial America, along with Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. His father, William Tennent founded the first American Presbyterian theological seminary, known as "The Log College" because of its construction.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of 13 unbound sermons by Gilbert Tennent, as well as a document entitled "Remonstrance and remarks to the Presbytery of Philadelphia (dated December 15, 1762).



Tennent, Gilbert, 1703-1764.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Sermons, American--Early works to 1800.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons--Early works to 1800.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

The provenance of this collection is not known. This collection was organized, and the original finding aid was written by Douglas F. Denné, under the direction of William O. Harris, archivist. The finding aid was updated and edited by Sarah Seraphin in February of 2009.


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 Gilbert Tennent Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.


Related Material

See also the following material in Special Collections:

Lawrence E. Brynestad Manuscript Collection, the Relations of Gilbert Tennent to the Religious Development of the Middle Colonies, thesis, April 15, 1932. (This Collection is uncataloged, Feb. 2008)

"The Great Awakening in the New England and the Middle Colonies." Journal of Presbyterian History, 1930.



Box 1: Unbound sermons
1:1 Sermon: Matthew 22:2. (July 1755)
1:2 Sermon: Romans 3:25-26. (July 1755)
1:3 Sermon: Song of Solomon 2:3. 1757
1:4 Sermon: Song of Solomon 4:16. 1757
1:5 Sermon: Jeremiah 13:14-15. (June 1758)
1:6 Sermon: Isaiah 1:19-20. (June 1758)
1:7 Sermon: 1 John 5:21. (October 1759)
1:8 Sermon: Isaiah 48:9-10. (November 1759)
1:9 Sermon: Malachi 3:17-18. undated
1:10 Sermon: 2 Chronicles 20:26-29. undated
1:11 Sermon: Thanksgiving and praise included... undated
1:12 Sermon: Psalm 27:4. undated
1:13 Sermon: Psalm 84:11. undated
Box 2
2:1 Remonstrance and remarks to the Presbytery of Philadelphia. (December 15, 1762)
2:2 Remonstrance and remarks to the Presbytery of Philadelphia. (December 15, 1762)


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