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Guide to the Ebenezer Garnsey Sermons

MSN/COL 9404

 

Collection Summary

Title: Ebenezer Garnsey sermons
Dates: 1757-1763
Collection No.: MSN/COL 9404
Creator: Garnsey, Ebenezer, 1737/8-1763
Extent: 53 folders; 1 container; .25 linear feet
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A collection of more than 40 manuscript sermons and sermon fragments of the Congregational preacher Ebenezer Garnsey (or Guernsey), written and preached in Massachusetts and Connecticut ca. 1757-1763.

Selected Search Terms

Garnsey, Ebenezer, 1737/8-1763
Congregational churches -- Sermons
Sermons, American -- 18th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection

Preferred Citation: Ebenezer Garnsey Sermons, Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Garnsey sermons were purchased by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2008, from Paper Trails of Leicester, Massachusetts. Arranged and described 2012, by Kathleen Monahan. Finding aid 2012, by Kathleen Monahan and George Rugg.

Biographical Note

Ebenezer Garnsey (or Guernsey) was born on 26 February 1737/8 in Durham, Connecticut, the son of Capt. Ebenezer Garnsey (1704-1785) and Rhoda Garnsey (1704-1767). He graduated from Yale College in 1757 and spent the following two years studying theology under Rev. Robert Breck, receiving a license to preach from the Hampshire South Association of Ministers in August 1759. Garnsey preached at various locations in the Connecticut River Valley before being invited as a candidate for settlement by the proprietors of Pontoosuk (now Pittsfield), in western Massachusetts. After four months the proprietors offered Garnsey a call to settle, with the unusual condition that he submit to examination and approval by the Hampshire North Association (apparently because of Breck's supposed Arminian sympathies). Garnsey refused to undergo this second examination but consented to continue preaching at Pontoosuk. In December 1760 the call was renewed without conditions. Garnsey declined again, in part due to poor health, and returned to Durham. A letter from Rev. Chauncey Whittlesey of New Haven to Rev. Ezra Stiles, dated 20 January 1762, addresses Garnsey's situation at this time: "I have a few Words to say in Behalf of an ingenious young Gentleman, and in behalf of the publick, which ought not to be deprived of the good Service he is capable of Doing. I mean, Mr. Garnsey of Durham; he preached for me some time since, and appears to me quite an honest, ingenious, serious, religious young Gentleman; he lived with Mr. Brick [Breck], and for that Reason, and because in the late Controversy he has appeared upon the side of Liberty, he is not set up, but rather frowned upon by Mr. Clap, Mr Eells, and some such great Folks; and I fear they will at present hinder his settling in these parts. Should you know of any Place, where such a Candidate is wanted, I would recommend him." (Extracts from the itineraries and other miscellanies of Ezra Stiles . . . , New Haven, 1916, p. 584). Garnsey sought but did not find a settlement around Durham. He died on 26 October 1763.

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes forty-four sermons, sermon fragments, and sermon notes written by Ebenezer Garnsey, on sheets sewn into 16 cm. pamphlets. None are signed, though the final page of one pamphlet (MSN/COL 9494-24) bears copybook exercises with the inscription "Ebenezer Garnsey Eius Charta Eiusque Manus" ("Ebenezer Garnsey his book and his hand"). In any case, notations on the manuscripts indicating where the sermons were preached are sufficient to determine authorship. Few of the manuscripts are dated, though it may be presumed that all were written during Garney's years of theological study and preaching (1757-63). There are also seven individual leaves which have become detached from sermon pamphlets, one page of theological notes, and one newspaper clipping from ca. 1822.

Arrangement Note

Materials are sequenced by type, in the following order: 1. Sermons; 2. Sermon notes; 3. Sermon fragments; 4. Miscellaneous.

Container List

  • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 2 Thessalonians 1:3, [1757-1760]. Folder 1 (MSN/COL 9404-1).
    AMs, 1 item, 26 pages.
    Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at West Springfield, Massachusetts; Westfield, Massachusetts; Springfield, Massachusetts; Agawam, Massachusetts; and Durham, Connecticut.
    • Sermon. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon on Ephesians 2:8, [1757-1760]. Folder 2 (MSN/COL 9404-2).
      AMs, 1 item, 19 pages.
      Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts.
      • Sermon. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon on Hebrews 2:3, [1757-1760]. Folder 3 (MSN/COL 9404-3).
        AMs, 1 item, 12 pages.
        Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; Windsor, Connecticut; Westfield, Massachusetts; Suffield, Connecticut; Middlefield, Connecticut; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts; and Durham, Connecticut.
        • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 2 Corinthians 7:4, [1757-1759]. Folder 4 (MSN/COL 9404-4).
          AMs, 1 item, 27 pages.
          Annotations on page 27 indicate that the sermon was preached at West Springfield, Massachusetts; Durham, Connecticut (September 1759); Windsor, Connecticut; Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts; and Middlefield, Connecticut.
          • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:10, [1757-1760]. Folder 5 (MSN/COL 9404-5).
            AMs, 1 item, 21 pages.
            Annotations on page 21 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts. This is one of two sermons on 2 Corinthians 5:10.
            • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:10, [1757-1760]. Folder 6 (MSN/COL 9404-6).
              AMs, 1 item, 15 pages.
              Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts. This is one of two sermons on 2 Corinthians 5:10.
              • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, [1757-1760]. Folder 7 (MSN/COL 9404-7).
                AMs, 1 item, 30 pages.
                Annotations on page 30 indicate that the sermon was preached at West Springfield, Massachusetts and Agawam, Massachusetts.
                • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Philippians 1:27, [1757-1760]. Folder 8 (MSN/COL 9404-8).
                  AMs, 1 item, 13 pages.
                  Annotations on page 13 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                  • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Romans 14:10, [1757-1760]. Folder 9 (MSN/COL 9404-9).
                    AMs, 1 item, 13 pages.
                    Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Pontoosuk, Massachusetts, and Agawam, Massachusetts.
                    • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on John 21:20-22, [1757-1760]. Folder 10 (MSN/COL 9404-10).
                      AMs, 1 item, 16 pages.
                      Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Westfield, Massachusetts; West Springfield, Massachusetts; Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts; and New Framingham, Massachusetts.
                      • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Luke 22:42, [1757-1760]. Folder 11 (MSN/COL 9404-11).
                        AMs, 1 item, 16 pages.
                        Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; West Springfield, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts and Durham, Connecticut.
                        • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Matthew 25:46, [1757-1760]. Folder 12 (MSN/COL 9404-12).
                          AMs, 1 item, 22 pages.
                          Annotations on page 22 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts.
                          • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Matthew 19:22, [1757-1760]. Folder 13 (MSN/COL 9404-13).
                            AMs, 1 item, 12 pages.
                            Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                            • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Job 6:12, [1757-1760]. Folder 14 (MSN/COL 9404-14).
                              AMs, 1 item, 16 pages.
                              Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                              • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Proverbs 15:16, [1757-1760]. Folder 15 (MSN/COL 9404-15).
                                AMs, 1 item, 13 pages. 1 enclosure, 4 pages.
                                Annotations on page 13 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts and West Springfield, Massachusetts.
                                • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Esther 4:16, [1757-1760]. Folder 16 (MSN/COL 9404-16).
                                  AMs, 1 item, 12 pages.
                                  Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts, and Middlefield, Connecticut.
                                  • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Psalm 147:1, [1757-1760]. Folder 17 (MSN/COL 9404-17).
                                    AMs, 1 item, 14 pages. 1 enclosure, 1 page.
                                    Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                                    • Sermon. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon on 1 Samuel 12:24, [1757-1759]. Folder 18 (MSN/COL 9404-18).
                                      AMs, 1 item, 16 pages.
                                      Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts on 27 October 1759.
                                      • Sermon. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon on Genesis 1:31, [1757-1760]. Folder 19 (MSN/COL 9404-19).
                                        AMs, 1 item, 23 pages.
                                        Annotations on page 23 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts (27 June 1760).
                                        • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on God's Love to Men, [1757-1760]. Folder 20 (MSN/COL 9404-20).
                                          AMs, 1 item, 26 pages.
                                          Titled "God's Love to Men," the sermon is premised on 1 Corinthians 6:11, Colossians 1:12-14, and 1 John 4:9. Annotations on page 26 indicate that the sermon was preached at East Springfield, Massachusetts; Westfield, Massachusetts; Agawam, Massacusetts; and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                                          • Sermon. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon on 1 John 3:13, [1757-1763]. Folder 21 (MSN/COL 9404-21).
                                            AMs, 1 item, 11 pages.
                                            Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Middlefield, Connecticut.
                                            • Sermon. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon on John 3:20, [1757-1763]. Folder 22 (MSN/COL 9404-22).
                                              AMs, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                              Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Boston, Massachusetts and Durham, Connecticut.
                                              • Sermon. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Isaiah 50:11, [1757-1763]. Folder 23 (MSN/COL 9404-23).
                                                AMs, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                                • Sermon Notes. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Notes for sermon on 1 Timothy 1:18, [1757-1760]. Folder 24 (MSN/COL 9404-24).
                                                  AMsS, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                                  Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts; Middlefield, Massachusetts and Durham, Connecticut. The final page of the pamphlet has copybook exercises and three signatures of Garnsey, including the annotation "Ebenezer Garnsey Eius Charta Eiusque Manus".
                                                  • Sermon Notes. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Notes for sermon on Ezra 8:23, [1757-1760]. Folder 25 (MSN/COL 9404-25).
                                                    AMs, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                                    Annotations on page 1 indicate that the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts.
                                                    • Sermon Notes. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Notes for sermon on 1 John 5:19, [1757-1763]. Folder 26 (MSN/COL 9404-26).
                                                      AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                      • Sermon Notes. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Notes for sermon on Romans 3:31, [1757-1763]. Folder 27 (MSN/COL 9404-27).
                                                        AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                        • Sermon Notes. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Notes for sermon on Matthew 4:17, [1757-1763]. Folder 28 (MSN/COL 9404-28).
                                                          AMs, 1 item, 3 pages.
                                                          • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 2 Corinthians 8:9, [1757-1760]. Folder 29 (MSN/COL 9404-29).
                                                            AMs, 1 item, 11 pages.
                                                            Annotations on page 1 indicate the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts.
                                                            • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Luke 3:3, [1757-1760]. Folder 30 (MSN/COL 9404-30).
                                                              AMs, 1 item, 6 pages.
                                                              Annotations on page 1 indicate the sermon was preached at Agawam, Massachusetts; West Springfield, Massachusetts and Pontoosuk, Massachusetts. This is one of two sermons on Luke 3:3.
                                                              • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Luke 3:3, [1757-1760]. Folder 31 (MSN/COL 9404-31).
                                                                AMs, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                                                Annotations on page 1 indicate the sermon was preached at West Springfield, Massachusetts; Agawam, Massachusetts; Pontoosuk, Massachusetts and Durham, Connecticut. This is one of two sermons on Luke 3:3.
                                                                • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on John 6:27, [1757-1763]. Folder 32 (MSN/COL 9404-32).
                                                                  AMs, 1 item, 22 pages.
                                                                  Annotations on page 1 indicate the sermon was preached at Springfield, Massachusetts and Middlefield, Connecticut.
                                                                  • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Luke 9:62, [1757-1763]. Folder 33 (MSN/COL 9404-33).
                                                                    AMs, 1 item, 5 pages.
                                                                    • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on Lamentations 3:39, [1757-1763]. Folder 34 (MSN/COL 9404-34).
                                                                      AMs, 1 item, 12 pages.
                                                                      • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:31, [1757-1763]. Folder 35 (MSN/COL 9404-35).
                                                                        AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                        • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1760]. Folder 36 (MSN/COL 9404-36).
                                                                          AMs, 1 item, 7 pages.
                                                                          Annotation on page 1 indicates the sermon was preached at Pontoosuk, Massachusetts.
                                                                          • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 37 (MSN/COL 9404-37).
                                                                            AMs, 1 item, 10 pages.
                                                                            • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 38 (MSN/COL 9404-38).
                                                                              AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                              • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 39 (MSN/COL 9404-39).
                                                                                AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                                • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 40 (MSN/COL 9404-40).
                                                                                  AMs, 1 item, 8 pages.
                                                                                  • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 41 (MSN/COL 9404-41).
                                                                                    AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                                    • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 42 (MSN/COL 9404-42).
                                                                                      AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                                      • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 43 (MSN/COL 9404-43).
                                                                                        AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                                        • Sermon Fragment. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Sermon fragment, [1757-1763]. Folder 44 (MSN/COL 9404-44).
                                                                                          AMs, 1 item, 4 pages.
                                                                                          • Sermon Fragments. [Ebenezer, Garnsey], Sermon fragments, [1757-1763]. Folder 45 (MSN/COL 9404-45).
                                                                                            AMss, 7 items, 14 pages.
                                                                                            • Theological Notes. [Ebenzer Garnsey], Catechism, [1757-1763]. Folder 46 (MSN/COL 9404-46).
                                                                                              AMs, 1 item, 1 page.
                                                                                              Series of questions on faith, such as "What evidence have you of the being of a God?"
                                                                                              • Newspaper Clipping. Poem, "Triumphant time! Thy wayward coure began", [1822]. Folder 47 (MSN/COL 9404-47).
                                                                                                1 item.