Pynchon, John. Notes on sermons by George Moxon, 1640.

Collection Information

John Pynchon's notes on sermons by George Moxon, 1640.


Pynchon, John, 1621-1703

Moxon, George, 1602-1687




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Collection is open and available for researcher access and use.

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Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the John Pynchon's notes on sermons by George Moxon, MS5127. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Additional Resources:

Page-level metadata is available for this collection. Please contact the library for more information.

Full-text transcription, prepared by David M. Powers is available for this collection, released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license. 



Processing information:

Processed by Sari Mauro, March 2014, according to the rules of DACS 2nd edition.

Revision History:

Description revised September, 2015. Portions of historical description were provided by David M. Powers.


George Moxon (1602-1687) was born in Yorkshire, England. He came to New England in 1637, settled first in Dorchester and then went to Springfield where he became the new settlement's pastor. John Pynchon (1625?-1703), the son of Springfield founder William Pynchon, was fourteen or fifteen when he recorded Moxon's sermons in 1640. This collection contains sermon notes on George Moxon's sermons, recorded by John Pynchon in "short writing".

Acquisition Information:

Digital duplicates of the original manuscripts donated to the Congregational Library & Archives in December, 2013.


No accruals are expected for this collection.

Existence and Location of Originals:

Originals are held by the Wood Museum of Springfield History in Springfield, Massachusetts.


Historical Note

George Moxon (1602-1687) was born in Yorkshire, England, one of seven sons. He attended Wakefield Grammar School and then Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, graduating in 1623 with a BA in Theology. He was ordained in 1626 by Bishop Bridgeman, the Bishop of Chester. Moxon's first position was as Chaplain to Sir William Brereton of Handforth Hall. After running afoul of Archbishop Laud, Moxon and his family left England for New England, settling first in Dorchester and then moving to William Pynchon's new settlement, Springfield, to serve as the community's first minister. In 1652 Moxon and his family returned to England.

John Pynchon (1625?-1703), the son of Springfield founder William Pynchon, was fourteen or fifteen when he recorded Moxon's sermons in 1640. Pynchon was born in Springfield, Essex County, England. He and his father came to New England and settled in Dorchester in 1630. He moved west to what would become Springfield, Massachusetts, with his father in 1636.


Scope of Collection

This collection contains notes taken by adolescent John Pynchon (1625?-1703) on sermons preached by George Moxon (1602-1687) in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The notes were taken in March and April, 1640, by Pynchon. The notes are recorded in John's own "short writing". In addition to full words, numbers, and abbreviations, John made use of a cypher of his own invention, which included symbols for more than 120 words.


Further Searches

Subject Headings

Moxon, George, 1602-1687.

Pynchon, John, 1621-1703.

Congregational churches - Massachusetts - Springfield.

Sermons, American - 17th century.

Sermons, American - Early works to 1800.


Related Materials

At the Congregational Library & Archives:

Biography : Rev. Goerge Moxon 1602-1687 M87.70M



Digital duplicates mimic the order of the original item. Four sheets (or contain eight pages) of the original notes were turned over before the original booklet was sewn together the original order was disturbed. As a result, some adjacent pages cannot be read sequentially.



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Sermon Notes 1640 Online Interface
    Full-text transcription [PDF] prepared by David M. Powers