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Title Circular letter [manuscript]: Boston, [Mass.], to Josiah Cotton, Plimouth [sic], [Mass.], 1712/13 [i.e. 1713], Feb. 10
Author Company for Propagation of the Gospel in New England and the Parts Adjacent in America
Document Type Correspondence
Description From the Newberry Library Catalogue: February 10, 1712/13, circular letter from the commissioners of the society, addressed to Josiah Cotton, a Plymouth, Mass., teacher, missionary, and town official, who for nearly forty years (dismissed 1744) received an annual stipend of twenty pounds for his preaching to the Indians. Signed and probably composed by Samuel Sewall, the letter informs the missionaries that the commissioners have advanced and borrowed large sums to keep the work going, and advises them to keep the Sabbath, promote the schools, and protect the Indians from unscrupulous whites.
Names Sewall, Samuel (1652-1730); Cotton, Josiah (1680-1756)
Places Boston, Massachusetts, New England, United States
Keywords Christianity, missionary, education, British North America, public debt
Theme Missionaries and Education
Culture Area Northeast
Additional Information Protestant foreign missionary society founded in 1649 in London to convert the Indians of New England. The society collected and invested funds, the interest from which it sent annually to its New England commissioners, who then paid the salaries of missionaries there. Samuel Sewall, a prominent Boston public official and merchant, was appointed commissioner of the society in 1699, secretary in 1700, and treasurer in 1701.
Library The Newberry Library
Copyright The Newberry Library
Collection The Edward E. Ayer Collection
Reference VAULT box Ayer MS 181
Catalogue Link The Newberry Library Catalogue