Hopkins, Samuel. Papers, 1766-1803.
Samuel Hopkins (1766-1803) was a Congregational minister in the New England area. Born in Connecticut he was educated at Yale, and later studied under Johnathan Edwards (1703-1758). Hopkins preached in Sheffield (now Great Barrington) from 1743-1769, until a difference in theology between Hopkins and his congregation forced him to leave Sheffield. Hopkins then traveled to Newport Rhode Island, where he preached from 1770-1803, when he died. During the Revolutionary War, Hopkins fled Newport, and continued to preach at Newburyport in Massachusetts, as well as Canterbury and Stamford Connecticut (1776-1780). Hopkins is an important figure in Congregationalism, because of the school of theological thought that bears his name, Hopkinsianism, sometimes called New Divinity. Hopkins is also prominent as an early abolitionist, being one of the first Congregationalist ministers to denounce slavery, despite owning slaves at one time in his life.
Scope of Collection
This collection contains only one series, which contains only three individual items. These are three letters, two of which are written in Hopkins's handwriting (1766 and 1767), the other (1803) is presumably dictated by Hopkins, due to age, and illness. The letters written in 1766 and 1767 are to a Mr. Ebenezer Little in Newbury Massachusetts, thanking him for his hospitality in hosting Hopkins while he preached/stayed in Newbury. The 1803 letter is addressed to a man named Fuller, who may have lived in Newport, and may have also been a congregational minister. It is likely that it was dictated by Hopkins, because it begins with describing his poor health, and then launches into a theological argument. The 1803 letter may have been a draft, due to numerous crossed out words, scrawled additions, and being unsigned.
At the Congregational Library and Archives:
An Inquiry Concerning the Future State of Those Who Die in Their Sins by Samuel Hopkins (1783) 10.4.3.35
An Inquiry into the Nature of True Holiness by Samuel Hopkins (1773) 10.4.3.32
Timely Articles on Slavery by Samuel Hopkins, (1787) 28.9.4
Memoir of the Life and Character of Rev. Samuel Hopkins, D.D. by John Ferguson (1830) H77.47F
Memoir of the Life and Character of Samuel Hopkins by Edwards Park (1854) H77.47P
Samuel Hopkins and the New Divinity Movement by Joseph A. Conforti (1981), H77.47C
The Congregational Library and Archive holds many more works, by and on Samuel Hopkins. Please consult our catalog for more resources.
A portrait of Samuel Hopkins also hangs in the reading room of the Congregational Library and Archive.
Since this collection contains only three items in a single series called correspondence. The collection has been arranged in chronological order to best present the resources.
|Letter to Mr. Little, 1766||1766 July 18||F1|
|Letter to Mr. Littel, 1767||1767 January 9||F1|
|Letter to Fuller, 1803||1803 October 18||F1|