Guide to the Papers of David Merrill, 1819 - 1850Manuscript MS-956

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Guide to the Papers of David Merrill, 1819 - 1850

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-956

Collection Dates:

1819 - 1850

Size of Collection:

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)


David Merrill (1798-1850), Dartmouth Class of 1821, Minister. Papers consist of sermons, notes, school compositions (from his time at Dartmouth College, Andover Seminary) as well as a variety of professional writings document Merrill's academic and ecclesiastical careers.

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Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Contains sermons, notes, Dartmouth College and Andover Seminary student compositions, essays, temperance lectures and correspondence. The papers document the education and religious thinking of David Merrill, a minister in Peacham, Vermont.


David Merrill was born on Sept. 8, 1798 and died on July 22, 1850. He was an alumnus of Dartmouth College, class 1821. He taught at Peacham Academy from 1821 to 1822; studied divinity at Andover Theological Seminary, graduating in 1825. After preaching 7 years, he was installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Andover from 1835 to 1841. In 1841 he moved to Peacham to become pastor alongside the Rev. Leonard Worcester of the Congregational Church. He held this position until his death in 1850.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1824-1850

Access Restrictions


Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Sermons, 1824-1832
  • Folder: 2, Sermons, 1833-1835
  • Folder: 3, Sermons, 1835-1836
  • Folder: 4, Sermons, 1837-1839
  • Folder: 5, Sermons, 1840-1841
  • Folder: 6, Sermons, 1842
  • Folder: 7, Sermons, 1843-1844

Box: 2, Dates: 1844-1850, Undated

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Sermons, 1844-1845
  • Folder: 2, Sermons, 1845-186
  • Folder: 3, Sermons, 1846-1848
  • Folder: 4, Sermons, 1849-1850
  • Folder: 5, Sermons, Undated
  • Folder: 6, Sermons, Undated
  • Folder: 7, Sermons, Undated

Box: 3, Dates: Undated

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Sermons, 1623
  • Folder: 2, Sermons, Undated
  • Folder: 3, Sermon Fragments, Undated
  • Folder: 4, Notes, Undated

Box: 4, Dates: ca. 1819-1840's

Contains approximately 20 papers written by Merrill while at Dartmouth College, dated from 1819 to 1820; the subjects include: "Account of Corsica and Character of Pascal Paoli;" "Astronomy," Feb. 10, 1821; "Character and influence of the ancient Welch bands;" "Christian Charity," June 15, 1820; "Consistency;" "Equality of Men," Nov. 10, 1820; "From whence came the original inhabitants of America?;" "Is an author answerable for all the consequences of his work?;" "Liberty in Europe," Oct.10. 1820; "Moorish Conquest of Spain;" "Religion and Character of the Hindoos," March 4, 1820; "Savage life;" "The First Eclogue of Vergil," Nov.10,1820; "The Mounds of the West," Mar 12, 1821; "The Philosophick and Poetic Travels Compared," April 6, 1821; "Thomas A Becket," May 14, 1821 and "Travel in Africa." In addition there are approximately eleven essays based on passages from the Bible written while Merrill was a student at Andover Seminary in Massachusetts as well as papers written by Merrill when he was in the Midwest, from 1838 to 1841. Also contains lectures on temperance, including approximately six papers on the subject delivered in Vermont during the 1840s. In addition to the temperance essays there are materials on various topics including anti-slavery lectures, an essay entitled "How to make a demonstration" and personal correspondence.

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Box Contents

  • There is no folder listing for this box.

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