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Title Letter [manuscript]: Longmeadow, [Mass.], to Stephen Williams, Stockbridge, [Mass.], 1749/50 [i.e. 1750] Jan. 17
Author Davenport, James (1716-1757)
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: Jan. 17, 1749/50, letter from Rev. Davenport at Longmeadow, Mass., to his brother-in-law, Stephen Williams, a Longmeadow minister and a founder in 1730 of the New England Company’s Stockbridge, Mass., mission to the Housatonic Indians. Davenport wishes success among the "poor Indians" to Williams, who was filling in at Stockbridge following the death of John Sergeant, who had served the mission since its inception. Davenport appears to have been substituting for Williams at his congregation in Longmeadow.
Names Williams, Stephen (1693-1782); Seargent, John
Places Longmeadow, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Keywords missionary, religion, Christianity, death, church, Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America
Theme Missionaries and Education
Tribe / Nation
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information A clergyman, born in 1716 in Stamford, Conn., and a 1732 graduate of Yale College, James Davenport was licensed to preach in 1735. Under the influence of George Whitfield, Davenport became an itinerant preacher who, during the second Great Awakening, conducted revivals in Connecticut and denounced the church establishment. In 1744, after a long illness and at the urging of friends, he published a retraction of his separatist views. Davenport later served at various churches in New Brunswick, New York, and New Jersey, where he died in 1757.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 3056
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue