Phillips, Samuel. Papers

Collection History

Please note that as of January 2022, the Samuel Phillips papers, 1670-1746, and all future digital collections are now hosted on the library's new digital archive.

Samuel Phillips (1625-1696) was born in England and accompanied his father, Rev. George Phillips of Watertown, to America at five years of age. He graduated at Harvard in 1650 and was ordained the following year, ministering to the Congregational Church of Rowley until his death. This collection includes two sets of Rev. Phillip's sermons, which contain three full sermons each. The first volume (1670-1695) contains three iterations of sermons preached on Exodus 20:12. The second volume (1690-1723) is more varied in content, and also includes a posthumous document detailing the Proceedings of a Council at Reading in 1723. Also included is the transfer of Boxford parishioner Elizabeth Holt by Rev. John Cushing in 1746.

The original manuscripts in this collection are owned by our project partners, the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Further information about the collections can be found in the Phillips Library's catalog and the NEHGS catalog, respectively.


Digital Materials

from the New England Historic Genealogical Society

Sermon notes, 1690-1693

These assorted sermon notes were penned by several different authors, including Rev. Phillips himself. They are largely fragmentary, and the volume also includes a leaf of correspondence.

1693-1932 multiple scribes   envelope with descriptions of provenance
undated by Rev. Phillips   handwritten sermon notes with pages numbered 311 to 318
1690 from Samuel Russell to Rev. Phillips sermon notes over-written on envelope
1693 by Rev. Phillips   fragmentary sermon notes
undated by Rev. Phillips   leaf of correspondence referencing "sad blemishes and aspersions" cast upon Caleb Boynton of Ipswich


from the Phillips Library

Sermons, 1670-1695

This volume contains four sermons delivered by Rev. Phillips in Rowley, Mass.

  • Undated [partial]
  • Exodus 20:12 (ver. 1) – "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
      preached 20 March 1669/70
  • Exodus 20:12 (ver. 2) – "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
      preached 27 March 1670
  • Exodus 20:12 (ver. 3) – "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
      preached 10 April 1670

Sermons and proceedings, 1690-1723

This collection comprises a folder containing three of Rev. Phillips's sermons preached during the 1690s, as well as minutes from a church council at Reading in 1723.

  • Acts 8:36-37 – "And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?
      preached 12 April 1691
  • Genesis 14:21 – "And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself."
      preached 18 May 1695
  • 1 Corinthians 11:26 – "For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come."
      preached 4 May 1690
  • Proceedings of a Council at Reading, 1723

Transfer of parishioner, 1746

This letter from Boxford Church to the Second Church in Andover, Mass. requests a transfer for Boxford parishioner Elizabeth Holt. The document is dated December 22, 1746 and signed by Rev. John Cushing.


Related Materials

Rowley, Mass. First Congregational Church, 1664-1835


Special Thanks

These digital resources have been made possible in part by the Council on Library and Information Resources, through a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant.

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this resource do not necessarily represent those of the Council on Library and Information Resources.