bMS 302

First Universalist Society in Boston, Massachusetts.  Records, 1792-1909.

Container List

bMS 302/1 (1) Letters, 1879 and 1902 concerning donation of these records to Universalist Historical Society, and 1891 from Boston City Clerk to E.H. Capen, president of Tufts, requesting record book of First Universalist Society.

bMS 302/1 (2) Thomas W. Silloway ( -1910), An Historical Discourse delivered in the First Universalist Meeting House . . . May 29, 1864. . . (pamphlet).

Series I.  Society/Proprietors' records, 1795-1864.

bMS 302/1 (3) Record book, 1815-1824. Includes: minutes of Standing Committee and subcommittee meetings, 23 April 1815-8 March 1824; minutes of Proprietors' meetings, 2 April 1815-29 February 1824; copies of correspondence.

bMS 302/1 (4) Record book of the First Universalist's Society in Boston, 1824-1834. Includes: copy of Act of Incorporation, March 1806; minutes of Proprietors' and Standing Committee meetings, 21 March 1824-20 March 1834.

bMS 302/1 (5) Index to previous record book for 1826 entries; memo of papers on file, February 1825-February 1827.

bMS 302/2 (1) Society record book, 1834-1848. Includes minutes of Standing Committee and Proprietors' meetings, 23 March 1834-26 March 1848, containing reports of various committees and subcommittees to each body.

bMS 302/2 (2) Subscription by Proprietors to support preaching by John Murray, 2 April 1795 (original and early copy).

bMS 302/2 (3-10) Standing Committee records, 1799-1864. This series includes occasional draft minutes, annual reports of Standing Committee to Society and of subcommittee auditing treasurer's report to the Standing Committee.

bMS 302/3 (1) Notices of meetings, scattered, 1806-1864.

bMS 302/3 (2) Proxy slips, 1853-1864.

bMS 302/3 (3) Record book of the [Proprietors'] Committee for the reduction of the building debt of the First Universalist Society in Boston, 1848-1864. Includes accounts, treasurer's statements, committee reports, 20 March 1848-8 July 1864. Note: this committee became the Committee of Finance.

bMS 302/3 (4) Finance Committee reports, 1848-1854.

bMS 302/3 (5) Finance Committee reports, 1855-1864.

bMS 302/3 (6-17) Reports of various committees to Standing Committee and Proprietors, 1800-1864. This series includes reports from Building Committee, Singing Committee, Nominating Committees, and ad hoc subcommittees.

bMS 302/3 (18) Reports of committees to prepare inventories of Society property, 1827-1844 and n.d.

bMS 302/3 (19) Reports of Relief Committee, 1823-1829. Includes 1823 report by Church Deacons to Standing Committee on money for the poor.

bMS 302/3 (20) Relief Committee reports, 1830-1839.

bMS 302/3 (21) Relief Committee reports, 1840-1844.

bMS 302/4 (1) Relief Committee reports, 1845-1849.

bMS 302/4 (2) Relief Committee reports, 1850-1854.

bMS 302/4 (3) Relief Committee reports, 1855-1864.

bMS 302/4 (4) Votes of Standing Committee, Proprietors, and various subcommittees, scattered. Includes draft minutes of building committee, 1838.

bMS 302/4 (5) Legal documents, 1795-1806. This series includes such documents as leases, contracts, indentures; this folder includes a copy of the Act of Incorporation, 1806.

bMS 302/4 (6) Legal documents, 1837-1839.

bMS 302/4 (7) Legal documents, 1843-1851.

bMS 302/4 (8) Legal documents, 1852-1861.

Series II. Society Correspondence, 1792-1864.

Note: this series includes correspondence of Standing Committee officers or members and ministers on behalf of the Society, with other committees or groups within the Society (e.g. the choir, the Sabbath School), with individuals, with other churches or societies, and with various civil agencies or political organizations (e.g. Female Samaritan Society, temperance and anti-slavery organizations).

bMS 302/4 (9) Correspondence, 1792-1800. Includes two copies of letter from George Richards ( -1814) and others to John Brazer, 30 January 1792.

bMS 302/4 (10) Correspondence, January-October 1801. Includes: letters with copies from JOhn Murray (1741-1815), 6 June, 28 June; letters from Edward Turner (1777-1853), 21 September, 3 October, 20 October; copies and drafts of letters from Standing Committee to MUrray, 19 October, and to Turner, 28 September, 7 October.

bMS 302/4 (11) Correspondence, November-December 1801. Includes: letter, 5 November, from Jacob Reeves for Universalists in East Sudbury, with draft, 6 November, of Standing Committee's reply; drafts of letters to John Murray from the Committee, 8 December and [early December].

bMS 302/4 (12) Correspondence, 1802-1803. Includes: copies of letters to Edward Turner, 12 April 1802, 14 March 1803; letter from Turner, 21 April 1802; draft of Society's letter concerning Noah Murray, 31 July 1803; letter from John Murray, 17 December 1803.

bMS 302/4 (13) Correspondence, 1804-1807. Includes: letter, 12 May 1804, from John Murray; letter, 10 July 1806, from Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844).

bMS 302/4 (14) Correspondence, 1808-1813. Includes: letter, 10 July 1809, from George Richards, with draft of Society's letter recommending him to Philadelphia Society; letter, 28 March 1810, from Edward Mitchel (1796-1837?).

bMS 302/4 (15) Correspondence, 1823-1825. Includes: letter, 2 February 1824, from Committee to Sebastian Streeter (1783-1867), with letters, 11 February 1824 and 29 February 1825 from Streeter; letter, 29 February 1824, from Second Society of Universalists in Boston with draft, 3 March, and copy of letter, 26 April, in reply.

bMS 302/5 (1) Correspondence, 1826-1829. Includes: letter, 21 March 1829, from Streeter to Proprietors. Letter, 31 July 1829, to Streeter from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Universalist Society; letter, 9 October 1829, from Paul Dean (1783-1860); letter to Sandy Bay (Gloucester) Society, 23 September 1828, with their reply, 2 December; letter, 20 September 1829, from Second Society inBoston; letter, 22 December, from East Cambridge Society.

bMS 302/5 (2) Correspondence, 1830-1835. Includes: letters from Streeter, 12 JUly 1834 and 4 September 1835; letter to Gloucester Society, 1 October 1830, and from Gloucester, 19 October 1830; letter from First Universalist Society in Danbury Connecticut, 1 JUne 1833.

bMS 302/5 (3) Correspondence, 1836-1837. Includes letter, 31 August 1836, from New North Religious Society.

bMS 302/5 (4) Correspondence, 1838. Includes: letters, 3, 12 June and 13 August 1838, from Second Society of Universalists in Boston; letter, 6 June 1838, from New North Religious Society.

bMS 302/5 (5) Correspondence, 1839.

bMS 302/5 (6) Correspondence, 1840-1841. Includes: letter, 28 May 1841, from Second Universalist Society in Lynn; letter, 23 May 1841, from Streeter.

bMS 302/5 (7) Correspondence, 1842-1844. Includes: letter, 14 March 1842, from E.G. Brooks for East Cambridge Society; letter, 6 July 1843, to Streeter from Fall River Universalist Society; letter, 31 July 1844, from New North Religious Society.

bMS 302/5 (8) Correspondence, 1845-1846. Includes: letters, 26 September and 25 November 1845, from South Universalist Society, Boston; letter, 6 March 1845, from Second Society of Universalists in Boston; letter, September 1845, from Universalist Society, Condon, Canada.

bMS 302/5 (9) Correspondence, 1847-1849. Includes: letter, 23 March 1849, from Streeter to Proprietors; letter, 20 February 1847, from Universalist Free Church; letter, 28 December 1828, from Second Society in Boston; letters, 1 and 19 January, 6 February, from New North Religious Society.

bMS 302/5 (10) Correspondence, 1850-1853. Includes: correspondence with James H. Tuttle (1824-1903), March-May 1851; correspondence with Sumner Ellis (1829-1886), 1851-1853; letter, April 1851, from Second Society in Boston; letter, 18 March 1853, from East Boston Society.

bMS 302/5 (11) Correspondence, 1854-1859. Includes: letters, 25 March 1854, [25 March 1855], from Streeter, with copy of letter, 17 January 1857, to Streeter; letters from Sumner and M.J. Ellis, 19 May 1854, 5 May 1855; correspondence with Noah Murray Gaylord ( -1873), 1854-1859; letter from New North Religious Society, 27 June 1854.

bMS 302/5 (12) Correspondence, 1860-1862. Includes: letter, 5 April 1862 from Thomas W. Silloway; letters, April and 28 October 1860, 15 March 1861, from Noah Murray Gaylord; letter, 12 June 1862, from Brighton Universalist Society concerning James Eastwood; letters, 22 August 1860 (copy), from Committee to Streeter, 5 October 1860, from Streeter; letter, 2 March 1861, from W.H. Waggoner to Davis.

bMS 302/5 (13) Correspondence, 1863-1864. Includes copy of letter, 31 May 1864, from William Marble to Alonzo A. Miner (1814-1895).

bMS 302/5 (14) Correspondence, n.d. and fragments.

bMS 302/5 (15) Clippings, 1838-1902, and photographs and view of the meeting houses.

Series III. Financial Records, 1792-1873.

bMS 302/6 (1) Record book: A Memorandum of the Church Funds received from the collections on Communion days; also a statement of the expenditures, 4 May 1823-4May 1840.

bMS 302/6 (2) First Universalist Church. Treasurer's record book: receipts and expenditures, collections, 30 April 1840-15 November 1873.

bMS 302/6 (3) First Universalist Society. Treasurer's record book: accounts, 10 April 1850-18 August 1864. Includes statement of receipt by 1864 proprietors of their shares in funds of Society.

bMS 302/6 (4) Treasurer's record book, 1852-1864. Records of pews, lending notes (1857-1858), various particular accounts.

bMS 302/7 (1) Treasurer's reports, 1792-1799.

bMS 302/7 (2) Treasurer's reports, 1805-1809.

bMS 302/7 (3) Treasurer's reports, 1811-1817.

bMS 302/7 (4) Treasurer's reports, 1824-1829.

bMS 302/7 (5) Treasurer's reports, 1830-1839.

bMS 302/7 (6) Treasurer's reports, 1840-1849.

bMS 302/7 (7) Treasurer's reports, 1850-1864.

bMS 302/7 (8) Treasurer's bonds, 1832-1849.

bMS 302/7 (9) Treasurer's bonds, 1850-1864.

bMS 302/7 (10) City and County tax bills, 1839-1863.

bMS 302/7 (11) Notices of pew auctions, 1822-1860.

bMS 302/7 (12) Reports and papers of Treasurer and various committees concerning sale, rent, or taxes on pews, 1799-1829.

bMS 302/7 (13) Pew sales, rents, taxes, 1830-1839.

bMS 302/7 (14) Pew sales, rents, taxes, 1840-1864 and n.d.; receipted tax bills, 1793-1842.

bMS 302/7 (15) Pew appraisals and lists of owners, 1837-1839 and n.d.

bMS 302/7 (16) Record of pews let to Sunday School, 1837; record of income from auction, July 1838; list of expenses in building new meeting house, 1839.

bMS 302/8 (1-7) Pew deeds, pew nos. 1-116, ca.1795-1838. 

bMS 302/8 (8) Pew deeds, North Gallery.

bMS 302/8 (9) Pew deeds, South Gallery.

bMS 302/8 (10-14) Pew deeds, pew nos. 1-112, 1839-1864. 

bMS 302/8 (15) Pew deeds, Gallery and N.E. Gallery.

bMS 302/8 (16) Pew deeds, S.W. Gallery.

bMS 302/8 (17) Insurance policies on building and organ, 1847-1863.

bMS 302/8 (18) Miscellaneous lists.

bMS 302/9 (1) John Murray. Statement of amount due him by Society, 23 December 1800, and receipt, 10 February 1801.

bMS 302/9 (2) Bills, receipts, authorizations, 1794-1822.

bMS 302/9 (3-9) Bills, receipts, authorizations, 1823-1829.

bMS 302/10 (1-12) Bills, receipts, authorizations, 1830-1839.

bMS 302/11 (1-10) Bills, receipts, authorizations, 1840-1849.

bMS 302/12 (1-15) Bills, receipts, authorizations, 1850-1864.

bMS 302/12 (16) Bills and receipts, n.d.

Series IV. Sunday School and Teachers' Association. Records, 1828-1909.

bMS 302/13 (1) Record Book: Journal of the meetings of the Teachers of the First Universalist Society's Sabbath School in Boston, 1836-1837. Notebook, kept by Samuel Ridler for his private use, including: 1834 constitution; minutes, 8 May 1836-31 August 1837, containing reports of Treasurer, Librarian, copies of correspondence with Standing Committee, lists of teachers.

bMS 302/13 (2) Record book: Journal of the meetings of the teachers of the First Universalist Society's Sabbath School in Boston, 1836-1840. Includes: notes and minutes, 8 May 1836-7 April 1840; reports of Treasurer, Librarian, Secretary, Superintendent, various committees; names of teachers; constitutions, 1834 and 1838; order of exercises; general history of the school to 1839.

bMS 302/13 (3) Record book: a Journal of the Teachers' Meetings of the First Universalist Society's Sabbath School, 1840-1842. Includes: constitutions, 1838, 1841; minutes, 5 May 1840-1 March 1842, with reports and copies of correspondence; accounts of exhibitions and excursions; partial list of teachers.

bMS 302/13 (4) Record book: A Journal of the meetings of the Teachers of the Sabbath School connected with the First Universalist Society, 1842-1848. Includes: constitution, 1838, with later amendments and rules and regulations; minutes, 3 May 1842-4 April 1848, with reports, lists of teachers, 1834-1848.

bMS 302/13 (5) Record book, 1848-1852. Includes: 1838 constitution as revised May 1848 and 1849; rules and regulations; minutes, 2 May 1848-3 February 1852, with reports and correspondence.

bMS 302/14 (1) First Universalist Sabbath School Association. Record book, 1852-1856. Includes: 1838 constitution as revised 1850, with rules and regulations; lists of members, 1841-1856, and honorary members, 1852-1855; minutes, 4 May 1852-27 April 1856, with reports.

bMS 302/14 (2) Record book, 1856-1865. Includes: school constitution, n.d.; constitution of the First Universalist Sunday School Teachers' Association, 1864; lists of honorary and regular members, 1834-1864; minutes, 6 May 1856-3 January 1865.

bMS 302/14 (3-4) First Universalist Sunday School Teachers' Association. Record book, 1864-1892. Includes: constitution, 1864, of the organization founded "to keep in remembrance the old First School"; minutes, 3 January 1865-31 October 1892, with reports of Superintendent and officers.

bMS 302/15 (1) First Universalist Sunday School Teachers' Association. Record book, 1893-1909. Includes: 1893 copy of 1864 constitution with amendments; minutes, March 1893-16 December 1909, with reports.

bMS 302/15 (2) Sunday School receiving book, 1833-1836.

bMS 302/15 (3) Sunday School receiving book, 1837-1840.

bMS 302/15 (4) Sunday School receiving book, 1840-1844.

bMS 302/15 (5) Sunday School receiving book, 1846-1853.

bMS 302/15 (6) Sunday (Sabbath) School record book, 1839-1844. Includes lists of classes; teachers; students, with ages, dates of admission and transfer, parents' names and addresses.

bMS 302/15 (7) Sunday School receiving book, 1839-1852. Copied from old books, July 1845, including information as in previous record book.

bMS 302/15 (8) Sunday School receiving book, 1839-1852. Copied, July 1845, with information as above.

bMS 302/15 (9) Sabbath School constitutions, 1828 and 1838, amendments of various dates, constitution of other ("Mr. Skinner's") School.

bMS 302/15 (10) Brief history of school, 1838; copies of rules and regulations.

bMS 302/15 (11) Superintendent's reports, 1840-1844.

bMS 302/15 (12) Superintendent's reports, 1845-1849 and undated 1840's.

bMS 302/15 (13) Superintendent's reports, 1850-1855.

bMS 302/15 (14) Superintendent's reports, 1856-1863 and n.d.

bMS 302/15 (15) Treasurer's reports, 1839-1844.

bMS 302/15 (16) Treasurer's reports, 1845-1857, 1906.

bMS 302/15 (17) Librarian and Library Committee reports and papers, 1846-ca.1854.

bMS 302/15 (18) Librarian and Library Committee reports, 1855-1857 and n.d.

bMS 302/16 (1) Secretary's reports and records, 1839-1844.

bMS 302/16 (2) Secretary's reports and records, 1845-1854. Includes journal of school meetings, May 1846-May 1847.

bMS 302/16 (3) Secretary's reports, 1855-1857. Includes list of school property, n.d.

bMS 302/16 (4) Excursion Committee reports and papers, 1840-1845.

bMS 302/16 (5) Excursion Committee reports and papers, 1848-1857 and n.d.

bMS 302/16 (6) Reports and papers concerning exhibits, fairs, anniversaries, reunions, and Sabbath School Union festivals, 1839-1855.

bMS 302/16 (7) Exhibits, fairs, entertainments, 1856-1858 and n.d.

bMS 302/16 (8-10) Sabbath School correspondence, 1837-1857.

bMS 302/16 (11) Correspondence, n.d., and resolutions on deaths of members.

bMS 302/16 (12) Miscellaneous committee reports, 1838-1844.

bMS 302/16 (13) Miscellaneous committee reports, 1852-1857 and n.d.