Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Joseph Buckminster Sermon, 1786

Blandina Diedrich Collection

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Joseph Buckminster sermon
Creator: Buckminster, Joseph, 1751-1812
Inclusive dates: 1786
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
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.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2009. M-4766.4.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

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.

Provenance:

The manuscript was previously owned by William C. Todd, who received the manuscript from Charles E. Lord, one of Buckminster's descendants.

Preferred Citation:

Joseph Buckminster Sermon, Blandina Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

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.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Bible. N.T. Epistle of John, 1st.
    • Congregationalism--Early works to 1800.
    Genre Terms:
    • Sermons.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Joseph Buckminster sermon,  1786 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    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.

    Bibliography

    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.