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Rev. Daniel Merrill (b.1765) et al., subscribers]
An agreement first proposed at N. Port (Mass.).for ye purpose of lifting our devout prayers to ye Father of Mercies. [opening lines of a 1794 Manuscript Articles of Agreement for a millennial religious revival; with a list of New England subscribers, women and men]
["N. Port (Mass)" i.e. Newburyport, Massachusetts, 1794]. [3]pp. Articles of Agreement. Bifolium. Approx. 7¼ x 6 inches. English laid paper, dated 1794. Folds; foxed; very good. Manuscript articles of agreement, first proposed in 1794 at Newburyport, Massachusetts, for the organization of an upper New England-wide millennial church; subscribed to by a significant number of women. The Agreement asks "[t]hat God would pour out his spirit & cause a revival of Religion to take place throughout our Land & world; & make way in ye opperation [sic] of his al[l]wise Providence, for [a] Glorious Millennium to Commence." (Article 4) The names of 25 women, eight of whom are unmarried, are among the list of 46 subscribers to the Agreement. These women comprise over 54% of the Agreement's named individuals. Remarkably-not counting the nine clergymen-they comprise 67.5%-over two-thirds-of the laity in this new ecclesial community. The Agreement's four articles comprise one page and is followed by two pages of subscribers' names from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. The manuscript does not contain the autographs of the signatories; we consider it to be a circular, one of others produced for regional distribution. The list of subscribers is led by Rev. Daniel Merrill (b.1765) of Sedgwick, Maine. Merrill served three years in the Continental army during the American Revolution before graduating from Dartmouth College in 1789 and subsequently becoming a Congregationalist minister in Hudson, New Hampshire as early as 1793. Other ministers from New England: from Maine, Rev. Oti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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