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Guide to the Edwards, Morgan: Sermons
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The Morgan Edward Sermons collection consists of 1,549 pages of photos of the original manuscripts of Reverend Edward’s sermons taken in the Crozer Rare Book Collection at Central Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. They are organized in 4 binders, the fourth containing an index to the sermons.
Morgan Edwards (1722-1795), prime mover in the founding of Brown University, was born in Wales on May 9, 1722, to Episcopalian parents. Early in life he chose the Baptist religion and was educated at Bristol Academy under the Reverend Bernard Foskett. He then preached for seven years to a small congregation in Boston, Lincolnshire, while continuing his theological studies with celebrated Baptist scholars Samuel Stennett, Thomas Llewelyn, and John Gill. On June 1, 1757 he was ordained as a Baptist pastor in a church in Cork, Ireland. He was asked to take the place of Reverend Jenkin Jones, recently deceased, as pastor of the First Church of Philadelphia. He arrived in Philadelphia on May 23, 1761. Edwards read the Old and New Testaments (which he called the “two eyes of a minister") in Hebrew and Greek. It was Morgan Edwards, who, as Moderator of the annual meeting of the Philadelphia Association on October 12, 1762, made the motion for the establishment of a Baptist college. Together with James Manning, he worked to secure funds to place the young college on a solid financial footing. The College of Rhode Island became an important Baptist institution for the next 150 years.