Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Archives Researcher Publishes!

Rachel Hope Cleves, an assistant professor of American History at Northern Illinois University, spent time last spring in our archives researching Elijah Parish whom she describes as "the short, loud and morbid minister of Byfield, Massachusetts, who for two decades prior had been preaching passionate sermons against the depravity of democratic bloodshed." We have as part of a collection many of his sermons and letters. Our association with the Byfield Parish Church goes back to Moses Parsons who was tasked with the responsibilty of choosing the academy's first shoolmaster. Her book, with a nice bit of appreciation in the preface, arrived recently in the mail. We are happy to have been part of her research process and look forward to delving into the Byfield preacher's role in this period of history.

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