The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Vol. 16

Volume 16: Letters and Personal Writings

Jonathan Edwards; Edited by George S. Claghorn

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April 20, 1998
878 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
18 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300072952
Cloth

This volume gathers together for the first time all known extant letters of Jonathan Edwards, along with his major personal writings. For more than three decades George S. Claghorn has scoured America, Great Britain, and Scotland for letters and documents by and about Edwards. The result is an unparalleled compendium of 235 letters—including 116 never before published or never reprinted since Edwards’s death—and four autobiographical texts—Edwards’ meditation "On Sarah Pierpont," his future wife, and "Diary," "Resolutions," and "Personal Narrative."

These letters and personal writings reveal the private man behind the treatises and sermons. They trace his relations with parents, siblings, college classmates, friends, and family, as well as with political, religious, and educational leaders of his day. New documents include Edwards’ only known statement on slavery and letters on the Indian mission at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, that display Edwards’ interest in native Americans and his efforts on their behalf. These writings show the human face of Edwards as he applied theological and philosophical insights to the events of his daily life. They provide an unprecedented resource for understanding the man, his times, and his personal connections.

George S. Claghorn is professor of philosophy at West Chester University.

"The Jonathan Edwards Project is the first of its kind—a comprehensive, exhaustive effort to produce an online archive of all of Edwards' sermons, treatises, letters and musings to serve the needs of anyone who cares to know the man. To date, no other university or institute has attempted to transcribe, computerize and then post online the complete works of any one historical figure. . . . Though he may never attain the rock-star status of George Washington, with the Yale project, Edwards will live forever.—Adrian Brune, Hartford Courant

"An excellent resource for both Edwards scholars and more generally for students of eighteenth-century New England and its religious contacts across the North Atlantic world."—M. A. Smith, Ecclesiastical History

"This volume gathers together for the first time all of Edwards's known extant letters, including 116 never before published, as well as his only known statement on slavery and letters on the Indian mission at Stockbridge, Massachusetts. . . . This edition reveals the private man behind the treatises and sermons and traces Edwards's relations with parents, siblings, friends, and the leaders of colonial New England society."—Mark A. Mastromarino, Documentary Editing

"This is truly 'an unprecedented resource' for new and enriched understanding of Edwards. While Edwards has been appreciated for his genius through his readily available treatises and sermons, a portrait of Edwards emerges from these pages that exposes a private, human, many-faceted personality."—Wayne Hansen, Church History

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