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Collection Summary


This collection consists of the papers of Boston clergyman and historian 托马斯。 王子 (1687-1758).

Biographical Sketch

托马斯。 王子 was a Boston clergyman and historian. He served as minister at Boston's Old South (Third) Church from 1718 until his death in 1758. His published works included the multi-volume A Chronological History of New-England, in the Form of 年报.

王子 married Deborah Denny (1699-1766) in 1719, and the couple had five children: 托马斯。 王子, Jr. (1722-1748); Deborah 王子 (1723-1744); Mercy 王子 (1725-1752); Sarah 王子 (later Gill) (1728-1771); and Grace 王子 (1743-1743).

Collection Description

This collection consists of papers of 托马斯。 王子, including an astronomical diary containing brief, intermittent entries on phases of the moon, positioning of the planets, etc., 1 January 1701-29 December 1702; the sermon he delivered at his ordination as pastor of the Old South (Third) Church of Boston, 1 October 1718; notes on sermons by Joseph Sewall and others of Boston, 18 November 1722-3 April 1726; manuscript pages comprising a section of Volume I of his A Chronological History of New-England on the history of Plymouth Bay Colony, ca. 1736; and a sermon on the death of his son 托马斯。 王子, Jr., 9 October 1748.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

托马斯。 王子's ordination sermon was given to the MHS by Luther S. Cushing in August 1834. The astronomical diary was purchased in December 1913. The funeral sermon of 托马斯。 王子, Jr. was given by Samuel H. Wheeler of Fairfield, Connecticut, in May 1918.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Astronomical diary, 1 January 1701-29 December 1702
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Ordination sermon, 1 October 1718
Sermon notes, 18 November 1722-3 April 1726

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Manuscript pages of A Chronological History of New-England, Volume I, ca. 1736
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Sermon on the death of 托马斯。 王子, Jr., 10月9日 1748

Preferred Citation

托马斯。 王子 papers II, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in 阿比盖尔, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.


王子, 托马斯。, 1722-1748.
Sewall, Joseph, 1688-1769.


Third Church (Boston, Mass.).


Congregational churches--Clergy.
Funeral sermons--1748.
Massachusetts--History--New Plymouth, 1620-1691.
Ordination sermons--1718.