Weld, Thomas. Common-place book, 1723.

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Thomas Weld common-place book, 1723.


Weld, Thomas, 1702-1757/8





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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the Thomas Weld common-place book, 1723. MS0997. The Congregational Library and Archives, Boston, MA.


Mostly English, some Greek.

Processing information:

Collection processed by Anderson Boone, September 2014, using DACS 2nd Edition.


Thomas Weld (1702-1757) was pastor in New England from 1727 until his death in 1757/8. This collection contains his common-place book from his time at Harvard University, from which he graduated in 1723.

Acquisition Information:

No acquistion record for this collection can be found.


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Historical Note

Thomas Weld was born November, 1702 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Weld graduated from Harvard University in 1723, and with his degree taught at Roxbury Latin School until he went to preach at Southborough, and the frontier. In 1735 he became the minister at the newly formed town of Upton. Difference in theology as well as rumors of an illicit relationship with Weld’s landlord’s daughter, Ms. Wheeler, forced Weld to leave Upton in 1744. After suing for his wages, and defamation against Ms. Wheeler, Weld became one of two ministers in Middleborough. When the other minister, Conant, was ordained in 1745, the church split with Weld remaining in Middleborough preaching to a small group of New-Lights. By 1749/50 Weld’s congregation had grown tired of his ministry, and elected to rejoin the other church. After disputing the wages owed to him, Weld returned to Roxbury before going back to the frontier to preach. During the French and Indian War (1754-1763) he joined army as a chaplain before dying in 1757 or 1758.


Scope of Collection

This collection only contains one item, a common-place book, from Weld’s time at Harvard (1723). The front half of the book contains notes on various subjects and topics, mostly of a religious nature; while the back half is a small glossary of terms in alphabetical order. Of note is that different handwriting appears in the latter half of the book, but it is presumed that the first half is Weld’s. It is unknown who else has written in this book, but sometime after 1723 the book was gifted to John Fairfield (1797-1847, U.S. House of Representatives 1835-1838, Governor of Maine, 1839-1841, 1842-1843, U.S. Senator, 1843-1847) who gifted it to his nephew, J. Wingate Thornton (1818-1878) who was attending Harvard, two inscriptions on the inner cover document these events. ;The book is primarily written in English, but contains some Greek text, and numbers to reference some other text.


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Subject Headings

Clergy - Education

Common-place books

Congregationalism - New England

Fairfield, John, 1797-1847

Harvard University – History - 18th century

Harvard University - Students

Harvard University - Religious life

New England – Church history - Sources

Thornton, John Wingate, 1818-1878

Religious education – Massachusetts

Weld, Thomas, 1702-1757



Collection items are contained in one (1) volume. Digital arrangement reflects physical arrangement.



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Thomas Weld Common-place book 1723 F1
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