Eaton, Samuel. Sermons, 1770-1810.
Samuel Eaton (1737-1822) of Harpswell, Maine, graduated from Harvard
College in 1763 and succeeded his father as minister of the First
Congregational Church of Harpswell. Clifford Shipton wrote of Eaton "On
his parish travels he carried lancet and simple medicines with which he
treated most of the ills of his people, referring serious sickness to
professional physicians. Similarly, being hostile to the ordinary
practice of the law, he served his people by drawing up wills and other
legal papers, and arbitrating most of their controversies. As a preacher
he was effective and could often bring his congregation to tears
although strangers to his oddities found them disturbing." On a Sabbath
in August 1775 "a recruiting officer arrived in Harpswell on an
emergency mission, but the minister refused to let him act until after
sundown, when he himself preached a sermon which put forty men of the
congregation on the march within an hour."
This collection includes several dozen sermons preached by Eaton,
usually with notes on where and when they were delivered. Until now,
only two sermons by Samuel Eaton were known to have survived.
Purchased from Thomas Cullen. Forbes Fund.
--Thomas G. Knoles, Marcus A. McCorison Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS