Thursday, July 24, 2014

Presbyterian Women's Society 1787 & Rev. wife, Mrs Murrary

GLEANINGS CHIEFLY FROM OLD NEWSPAPERS OF BOSTON AND SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS SELECTED AND ARRANGED, WITH BRIEF COMMENTS  BY HENRY M. BROOKS & Project Gutenberg 

The Newburyport Printmaker
  From the "Salem Mercury," April 28, 1787.
Original text for translation
       
Not long ago a number of ladies belonging to the Presbyterian Society in NewburyPort, aſſembled at the Parſonage-houſe, with their spinning-wheels and other utensils of industry, for the day, to the benefit of their minister's family. The aſſembly having first united in the solemn exercises of ſocial worship, the buſineſs of the day was opened. Every apartment in the house was full. The music of the spinning-wheel reſounded from every room. Benevolence was ſeen smiling in every countenance, and the harmony of hearts surpaſſed even the harmony of wheels. The labours of the day were concluded about 5 o'clock; when the fair labourers presented Mrs. Murray with cotton and linen yarn, of the beſt quality, amounting to 236 skeins. Necessary refreshment being paſt, publick worship was attended; and a discourse delivered, by the Rev. Mr. Murray, to a large assembly, from Exodus 35, 25, And all the women that were wiſe-hearted did ſpin with their hands.
Picture of church Blog post from Mary Eaton




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More Sources:
A Claim to New Roles By Page Putnam Miller
Murray Sermon
Bonnie Hurd Smith  Mingling Souls Upon Paper: An Eighteenth-century Love Story
Records of the Life of the Rev. John Murray  By John Murray, Judith Sargent Murray
The History and Present State of the Town of Newburyport By Cushing Caleb
Elegy on the death of the Rev. Mr. John Murray : late pastor of the Presbyterian church in Newbury-Port, who died the 13th March, Anno Domini 1793; together with a sketch of his character by Jonathan Plummer
A Very Grave Matter
HISTORY OF NEWBURYPORT, MASS 1764-1905 By JOHN J. CURRIER 
Historical Account of First Presbyterian Church
The world work of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.: a course of mission ...By David McConaughy
Journal - Presbyterian Historical Society
Missionary Herald, Volume 8
Life in a New England town, 1787, 1788: diary of John Quincy Adams
John Adams

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