William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
Finding aid for
Joseph Buckminster Sermon, 1786
Blandina Diedrich CollectionFinding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011
Joseph Buckminster sermon
Buckminster, Joseph, 1751-1812
The Joseph Buckminster sermon consists of a single bound manuscript sermon delivered by the Congregational minister on September 29, 1786. The sermon, entitled "Faith our Victory over the World," concerns 1 John 5:4 and the role of faith in dealing with the pressures of daily life.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The manuscript was previously owned by William C. Todd, who received the manuscript from Charles E. Lord, one of Buckminster's descendants.
Joseph Buckminster Sermon, Blandina Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
Reverend Joseph Buckminster was born in Rutland, Massachusetts, in October 1751. Buckminster descended from ministers on both sides of his family, and entered Yale College at the age of 15. After receiving his bachelor's degree in 1770, Buckminster remained at Yale for further study, after which he moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, where he was ordained in 1779. In 1782, Buckminster married Sarah Stevens. The couple had several children, including Joseph Stevens Buckminster (1784-1812), who became a notable minister himself. Following Sarah's 1790 death, Buckminster married Mary Lyman in 1793. Joseph Buckminster died in June 1812.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Joseph Buckminster sermon consists of a single bound manuscript sermon (16 pp.) delivered by the Congregational minister on September 29, 1786. The sermon, entitled "Faith our Victory over the World," concerns 1 John 5:4 and the role of faith in dealing with the pressures of daily life. It elaborates on this theme, and fervently offers hope to the congregation that they "should rest in Hope" and "obtain the Victory over the disorders and commotions of [the] prison Ground" (p. 16). The cover of the sermon contains a note that the 103-year-old manuscript was presented to William C. Todd by one of Buckminster's descendants on February 7, 1889.
- Bible. N.T. Epistle of John, 1st.
- Congregationalism--Early works to 1800.
Additional Descriptive Data
The Clements Library holds many materials related to Joseph Buckminster, including several copies of sermons delivered by him. Search "Joseph Buckminster" in the University's online catalog.
Several items in the Appleton-Aiken papers concern the death of Joseph Stevens Buckminster.
Lee, Eliza Buckminster. Memoirs of Rev. Joseph Buckminster, D. D., and of His Son, Rev. Joseph Stevens Buckminster. Boston: Wm. Crosby and H. P. Nichols, 1849.