Jeffery Amherst papers 1758-1764
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This volume (7" x 8", 199 pages) contains meeting minutes kept by the secretaries of New York City's Protestant Episcopal Theological Society between October 31, 1810-May 8, 1815 (pages 3-182), and February 21, 1817-December 4, 1817 (pages 183-199). The group met two or three times a month, and each set of minutes records the names of attendees and notes about the group's actions. A minister presided over each meeting, most frequently "Rev. Mr. Howe" or Bishop John Henry Hobart. Benjamin Tredwell Onderdonk, a future bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, attended between October 31, 1810, and June 15, 1812. Each meeting ran on a similar schedule, and usually consisted of an introduction by the presiding minister; a reading from a religious text, often Gilbert Burnet's Discourse of the Pastoral Care, and examinations based on that text; a sermon or other oration given by one of the attending members; and debate about a chosen religious topic. The group often chose assignments for the following meeting, and though the minutes do not record the details of the group's deliberations, they often report the debate questions as originally asked.

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