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1804* Dec. 21 Fr Town of Plymouth A. Bradford
Rev. J. Kendall 1 1806*
Mo Town of Plymouth Rev. A. Holmes 1806* 22 Mo Second Church
Rev. S. Stetson 1807
22 Tu Town of Plymouth Rev. J. Freeman 1808* Th
Rev. T. M. Harris 1809*
Rev. A. Abbot 1810
No celebration 1811 Dec. 22 Su
Town of Plymouth Rev. J. Eliot 1812–1814
No celebration 1815* Dec. 22 Fr
Town of Plymouth Rev. J. Flint 18167
Rev. E. S. Goodwin 1817
22 Μο Town of Plymouth Rev. H. Holley 1818 22 Tu
W. Davis 1819
F. C. Gray 1820* 22 Fr
D. Webster 1821* 23 Su Third Church
Rev. W. T. Torrey 1824* 22 We Pilgrim Society
E. Everett 1826* 22 Fr Third Church
Rev. R. S. Storts 1827* 22 Sa
Rev. L. Beecher 1828 * Μο
Rev. S. Green 1829* 22 Tu Pilgrim Society
W. Sullivan 1830* 22 We
Pilgrim Association : Rev. B. B. Wisner 1831* Th
Rev. J. Codman 1831*
22 Th Robinson Congregation Rev. A. Cobb 1 It was stated in the last note that the lists hitherto printed have not been wholly accurate. All such lists (except that of W. T. Davis, 1903) state that Alden Bradford's Sermon was delivered in 1805. This is an error for 1804, in which year December 22d fell on Saturday and the celebration took place on the 21st: see p. 301 note 1, above. All such lists also contain this entry: "1804. (Lord's day) Rev. Mr. KENDALL preached from Heb. xi. 13*,” the asterisk de noting that the sermon was not printed. But it was in 1805 that December 22 fell on Sunday. Clearly, therefore, the previous lists have transposed the discourses delivered in 1804 and 1805.
2 See p. 388 note 2, below.
3 Mr. Lord informs me that the discourses of the Rev. B. B. Wisner in 1830 and the Rev. J. Codman in 1831 were delivered before the Third Church as well as the Pilgrim Association, and that the Pilgrim Association was apparently composed of members of the Third Church, though the Pilgrim Association only is mentioned in the discourses themselves. This notion is borne out by an entry made by the Rev. Thomas Robbins on December 22, 1831:
Anniversary. ... Attended the exercises in Mr. Kendall's meeting-house. Mr. Brazier, of Salem, had a very good sermon, excepting its Unitarianism.... Went to Mr. Freeman's and sat awhile with the Pilgrim Association. Mr. Codman preached today in his meeting-house (Diary, 1887, ii. 247). The Rev. Frederick Freeman was pastor of the Third Church. The sermon preached by the Rev. John Brazer in the First Church was not printed.
• See p. 388 note 1, below.
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ABBOT, Rev. ABIEL, Beverly. A Discourse delivered at Plymouth December 22, 1809, at the Celebration of the 188th Anniversary of the Landing of our Forefathers in that place. . . . Boston: ... 1810.
An Account of the Pilgrim Celebration at Plymouth, August 1, 1853, containing a list of the Decorations in the Town, and correct copies of the Speeches made at the dinner-table. Revised by the Pilgrim Society. Boston: . . . 1853.3
ADAMS, JOHN QUINCY, Boston. An Oration, Delivered at Plymouth, December 22, 1802. At the Anniversary Commemoration of the First Landing of our Ancestors, at that place. ... Boston, . . . 1802.
ALLYN, Rev. John, Duxbury. A Sermon, delivered at Plimouth, December 22, 1801, Commemorative of the Pious Ancestry, who first imigrated to that place, 1620. ... Boston: . . . 1802.
BALDWIN, Rev. SAMUEL, Hanover. A Sermon, preached at Plymouth, December 22, 1775. Being the Anniversary Thanksgiving, in commemoration of the first landing of the Fathers of New-England, there; anno domini, 1620.. Boston, ... MDCCLXXVI.
BARTLETT, Dr. ZACCHEUS, Plymouth. 1798.
BEECHER, Rev. LYMAN. The Memory of our Fathers. A Sermon delivered at Plymouth, on the Twenty-second of December, 1827. ... Boston: . . . 1828.
BLAGDEN, Rev. GEORGE WASHINGTON. Great Principles associated with Plymouth Rock. An Address delivered before the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, December 22, 1834. ... Boston: . . . 1835.
BRADFORD, ALDEN, Boston. A Sermon delivered At Plymouth, December 21st, 1804; the Anniversary of the Landing of Our Fathers In December, 1620. ... Boston: ... Jan. 1805.
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1 The celebration on August 1, 1853, was to commemorate the embarkation from Delft Haven. At least three of the speeches then delivered were printed separately: see E. Everett, C. Sumner, R. Yeadon.
The celebration of August 1, 1889, was to commemorate the completion of the National Monument to the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
: Of the speeches delivered on this occasion, at least three were printed separately: see E. Everett, C. Sumner, R. Yeadon.
COBB, Rev. AlvaN. God's Culture of his Vineyard. A Sermon, delivered at Plymouth before the Robinson Congregation, on the 22d of December, 1831. . .. Taunton: ... 1832.1
CODMAN, Rev. John. The Faith of the Pilgrims. A Sermon delivered at Plymouth, on the Twenty-second of December, 1831. . . . Boston: . . . 1832.
CONANT, Rev. SYLVANUS, Middleborough. An Anniversary Sermon preached at Plymouth, December 23, 1776. In grateful Memory of the first Landing of our worthy Ancestors in that Place, An. Dom. 1620. ... Boston, ... 1777.
Davis, John, Boston. 1800. Extracts are printed in J. Morse and E. Parish, Compendious History of New England, 1804, pp. 373-378; and in 1 Proceedings Massachusetts Historical Society, i. 217, 217 note, 507-510.
DAVIS, WENDELL, Sandwich. 1818.
EVERETT, EDWARD. An Oration delivered at Plymouth December 22, 1824. ... Boston. . . . 1825.
EVERETT, EDWARD. Remarks at the Plymouth Festival, on the First of August, 1853, in commemoration of the Embarkation of the Pilgrims. ... Boston: ... 1853. See also An ACCOUNT, etc., 1853.
EVERETT, WILLIAM. Discourse delivered in the First Church of Plymouth, Mass. 19 December, 1886 in commemoration of the Pilgrim Fathers. ... Boston . . . 1887
FLINT, Rev. JAMES, Bridgewater. A Discourse delivered at Plymouth, December 22, 1815, at the anniversary commemoration of the First Landing of our Ancestors at that place. ... Boston: ... 1816.
FRANCIS, Rev. CONVERS. A Discourse delivered at Plymouth, Mass. Dec. 22, 1832, in commemoration of the Landing of the Fathers. . . . Plymouth: ... 1832.
FREEMAN, Rev. JAMES, Boston. 1807.
GOODWIN, Rev. Ezra Shaw, Sandwich. The Providence of God in the Settle ment of New England. Isaiah lx. 22. Printed in Sermons, by the late Rev. Ezra Shaw Goodwin, Pastor of the First Church and Society in Sandwich, Mass. With a Memoir. Boston: ... 1834. (Pp. 33–50.)
GRAY, FRANCIS CALLEY, Boston. 1819.
GREEN, Rev. Samuel. A Discourse, delivered at Plymouth, Dec. 20, 1828, on the two hundred and eighth anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers. ... Boston: ... 1829.
i On Dec. 22, 1831, the Rev. Thomas Robbins noted that "A new society has lately been formed here by the division of Mr. Freeman's" (Diary, ii. 247), and W. T. Davis states that the Third Church was "the parent of three children," one being the "Robinson Church organized in 1830" (Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth, 1883, pp. 102-103). The half-title of Mr. Cobb's sermon reads: "Rev. Mr. Cobb's Pilgrim Sermon.”
· The date in the title-page is December 20. At the close of his Discourse Mr. Green says that “The little island on which they kept their first Sabbath, 208 years ago yesterday, still stands as a modest remembrancer of our fathers' piety," and adds this note:
A small Island in Plymouth harbor, called Clark's Island, seen from the shore, on which an exploring party landed on Saturday evening, supposing it to
HARRIS, Rev. THADDEUS MASON, Dorchester. A Discourse delivered at Plymouth, Dec. 22d. 1808, at the Anniversary Commemoration of the Landing of our Ancestors at that place. ... Boston, . . . 1808.
HILLIARD, Rev. TIMOTHY, Barnstable. 1778.
HITCHCOCK, Rev. Gad, Pembroke. A Sermon preached at Plymouth December 22d, 1774. Being the Anniversary Thanksgiving, in Commemoration of the first Landing of our New-England Ancestors in that Place, Anno Dom. 1620. ... Boston: ... 1775.
HOAR, GEORGE FRISBIE. Oration delivered at Plymouth, December 21, 1895, at the celebration of the two hundred and seventy-fifth anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims, ... Washington, D. C., 1895. See also PROCEEDINGS, etc., 1896.
HOLLEY, Rev. HORACE, Boston. 1817.
HOLMES, Rev. ABIEL, Cambridge. A Discourse, delivered at Plymouth, 22 December, 1806, at the Anniversary Commemoration of the first landing of the Fathers, A.D. 1620. . . . Cambridge, . . 1806.
Hopkins, Rev. Mark. A Sermon, delivered at Plymouth, on the Twentysecond of December, 1846. ... Boston: ... 1847.
Judson, Rev. ADONIRAM, Plymouth. A Sermon, preached in the New Meeting House, Plymouth, December 22, 1802, in Memory of the Landing of our Ancestors, December 22, 1620. . . . Boston: ... 1803.
KENDALL, Rev. JAMES, Plymouth. 1805.1
KIRKLAND, Rev. John THORNTON, Boston. 1803. An extract is printed in J. Morse and E. Parish, Compendious History of New England, 1804, pp. 381-384.3 Moore, Rev. JONATHAN, Rochester. 1780.
The PROCEEDINGS at the Celebration by the Pilgrim Society at Plymouth, December 21, 1870, of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims. Cambridge: . . . 1871.8
The PROCEEDINGS at the Celebration by the Pilgrim Society at Plymouth, August 1st, 1889 of the completion of the National Monument to the Pilgrims. Plymouth: 1889.
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be the main land. Here they rested on the holy Sabbath, devoting the day to the worship of God, and on Monday morning came on shore at Plymouth. This discourse was delivered on Monday, the same day of the week, as well as of the month, on which our fathers landed on the Plymouth rock (p. 36 and note).
It thus appears that Mr. Green's Discourse was delivered Monday, but in 1828 Monday was December 22; hence the date December 20 in the title-page is a typographical error for December 22. Mr. Green was mistaken in supposing that his Discourse was delivered on the same day of the month, though it was the same day of the week, as that on which the Pilgrims landed, for that day was Monday, December 21, 1620: see p. 297 note 2, above.
1 Cf. p. 386 note 1, above.
2 In his Discourse (pp. 18–19) of 1848, the Rev. Samuel M. Worcester quoted "the late amiable and accomplished Dr. Kirkland, in his discourse delivered at Plymouth, forty-five years since.” The passage quoted occurs at p. 383 of the work cited in the text.
The oration delivered in 1870 was separately printed: see R. C. Winthrop.
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The PROCEEDINGS at the Celebration by the Pilgrim Society, at Plymouth, December 21, 1895, of the 275th anniversary of the Landing of the Pilgrims. Plymouth: ... 1896.1
REPORT on the Expediency of celebrating in future the Landing of the Pilgrims, on the Twentyfirst Day of December, instead of the Twentysecond Day of that Month. By a Committee of the Pilgrim Society. Boston: ... 1850.2
ROBBINS, Rev. CHANDLER, Plymouth. 1772.3
ROBBINS, Rev. CHANDLER, Plymouth. A Sermon preached at Plymouth, De cember 22, 1793; being the anniversary of the landing of our Ancestors in that place, in 1620. Published at the request of those who heard it, and others; with some enlargements, and particular anecdotes relating to their sufferings before they left England; never before published. ... Boston: ... 1794.
SEWARD, WILLIAM HENRY. Oration by William H. Seward, at Plymouth, December 21, 1855. Albany: . . . 1856.*
Shaw, Rev. WILLIAM, Marshfield. 1779.
SPOONER, ALLEN CROCKER. Speech of Allen C. Spooner, Esq. before the Pilgrim Society, at Plymouth, Dec. 22, MDCCCLI, in reply to the toast, “The Faith of the Pilgrims May it be our Pillar of Fire, to guide us alike in the day of prosperity and the night of trial.” Boston: [No date)
SPRAGUE, PELEG. An Address delivered before the Pilgrim Society of Plymouth, December 22, 1835. Boston: ... 1836.
STETSON, Rev. SETH, Plymouth. The Substance of a Discourse preached in the Second Parish, Plymouth, December 22, 1806, in memory of the Landing of our Forefathers, 22 December, 1620. ... Boston: . . 1807.
STORRS, Rev. RICHARD SALTER, Braintree. The Spirit of the Pilgrims. Sermon Delivered at Plymouth, December the twenty-second, 1826. ... Plymouth: ... 1827.
1 The oration delivered in 1895 was separately printed: see G. F. Hoar.
3 In his sermon on December 23, 1776, the Rev. S. Conant said: “The most noted historical facts, relative to the coming over of our fore-fathers, have been named in the first public Sermon on this occasion, from Psalm lxxviii. 5, 6, 7" (Anniversary Sermon, 1777, p. 6). In 1815 a writer, referring to Robbins's sermon of 1772, stated (2 Massachusetts Historical Collections, iii. 176-177) that "This discourse was printed at their request”. that is, at the request of the Old Colony Club. What the Old Colony Club did was to appoint a committee on January 6, 1773, to “write a letter of thanks to the revd M' Robbins for his sermon on the 22d ult., and request a copy thereof." Mr. Robbins took the matter under consideration, and, having decided to accede to the request, on February 23, 1773, wrote a letter in which he said, “I now present you a copy of said sermon, with liberty to make what use of it you shall think proper;" and this letter, "together with the Anniversary sermon in manuscript,” was received by the Club on February 24 (2 Proceedings Massachusetts Historical Society, iii. 435, 436-437, 439). But the sermon was never printed.
* Seward's Oration was also among the “Documents published by the Republican Association of Washington City,” 1856, it being issued in a sixteen-page pamphlet without title-page, the heading on p. 1 reading, “Oration by William H. Seward, at Plymouth, December 21, 1855"