The John Rodgers Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Rodgers, John, 1727-1811.
Dates: 1748-1808
Extent: 2 boxes (0.7 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1727 August 5 Born, Boston, Massachusetts
1747 June Licensed to preach, Presbytery of Newcastle
1749 March 16 Ordained, Presbytery o f Newcastle
1749-1765 Pastor, St. George Church, Philadelphia
1765-1776 Pastor, New York City
1768 Awarded honorary Doctor of Divinity, University of Edinburgh
1777 Chaplain, Convention of the State of New York
1780-1782 Pastor, Amenia, New York
1782-1783 Pastor, Lamington, New Jersey
1783-1811 Pastor, New York City
1789 Moderator, Presbyterian General Assembly
1811 May 7 Died

Biographical Information

The Reverend Doctor John Rodgers (1727-1811) was born in Boston. He was a prominent "New Side" Presbyterian pastor, serving at New York City's Wall Street Church and elsewhere. (For more details see "John Rodgers," W.B. Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit, III, pp. 154-165).


Scope and Content

This collection consists of two file boxes containing approximately 100 sermon manuscripts written by Dr. Rodgers. The sermons were composed from April 7, 1748, through January 20, 1808. Most of these manuscripts include the dates and places where the messages were originally given and the scripture texts that were used.



Rodgers, John, 1727-1811--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

Presbyterian Church--Sermons.

Sermons, American.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

Little is known about the origins of this collection, except that it was acquired by the Seminary sometime prior to February 1921, when its items were stamped by the library. The collection was catalogued several years ago and assigned a call number of MS R6165.


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

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