Bidwell, Adonijah. Sermon booklets, circa 1754-1781.

Collection Information

Adonijah Bidwell sermon booklets, circa 1754-1781.


Bidwell, Adonijah


circa 1754-1781


1 pamphlet binder (0.01 cubic feet)

92 unique images: archival TIFF, derivative JPEG & PDF

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Conditions Governing Access:

Original items are closed and unavailable for researcher access. Digital duplicates in this collection are available for researcher access upon publication to the web. Prior to publication, items are closed and unavailable for researcher access.

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Adonijah Bidwell sermon booklets, RG5153. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

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Processing information:

Collection processed by Sari Mauro, January 2014.


Adonijah Bidwell (1716-1784) served as pastor in Tyringham/Monterey, Massachusetts from the church's founding in 1750 until his death in 1784. This collection contains notes and dates of the sermons preached at that church, and includes dates indicating sermon repetition.

Acquisition Information:

No acquisition information is available for this collection. First record of the collection comes from original card catalog cards, circa 1930.


Additional accruals are expected for this collection in the form of full-text transcription. There is no anticipated date for this accrual.


Historical Note

Adonijah Bidwell (1716-1784) was born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1716 to Thomas and Prudence Bidwell. He attended Yale, graduating in 1740, and in April of 1745 joined the Connecticut Fleet preparing to sail for Canada as part of a response to escalating hostilities on British colonial holdings in Nova Scotia (King George's War). As part of the Fleet, Bidwell served as chaplain on the Sloop of war "The Colony", sent to Cape Breton Island. Bidwell returned to Hartford, and in 1750 settled in Tyringham (now Monterey), Massachusetts, as their first settled pastor. In 1752, Bidwell married Theodosia Colton, daughter of his Yale tutor Rev. Benjamin Coulton. Theodosia died in 1759, childless. In 1760, Bidwell married Theodosia's first cousin, Jemima Devotion, with whom he had four children before her death in 1770. Bidwell married Ruth Kent, his third and final wife, in 1772. Adonijah Bidwell died in 1784.


Scope of Collection

This collection contains sermon notes and scriptural references for sermons preached by Bidwell at Tyringham, Massachusetts. Sermons are dated with multiple years, most likely indicating years when sermons were re-preached. In some cases, it is difficult to tell what is the original date of creation, and what is a date of re-use. The booklets contain notes on their "covers" with date and locational information. Whether this information is original to Rev. Bidwell is difficult to determine. Due to this date confusion, the dates describing the items in this collection, in both the Summary and Contents section, are based on the best information available, but may not be correct.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Sermons, American - 18th century.

Sermons, American - Early works to 1800.

Monterey (Mass.) - Church history.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Monterey.


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Original items are arranged in two booklets. Booklets are reproduced digitally in the same order as those booklets. No pages have been skipped.



  Dates Location
Sermon booklet circa 1754-1769, undated P1/F1
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Sermon booklet circa 1757-1781, undated P1/F2
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