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Sermon possibly by Samuel Kirkland, Fort Stanwix, April 1776 [sic]

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Identifier: yhm-arc-2017-034

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Sermon or prayer possibly in the hand of Samuel Kirkland, 2 leaves, 4 pages. Bottom of last page is dated Fort Stanwix, April 1776. First page is headed, faintly, F. Schuyler, April [illegible year--could be 1777 or 1779]. Fort Stanwix, empty since 1768, was occupied by the Americans and renamed Fort Schuyler in July, 1776, so the April 1776 date is dubious. Kirkland was stationed at Fort Schuyler (with occasional exceptions) from September 1776 through 1779, so the later dates are possible. Sermon begins "Awake my Soul -- look up to thy God. Awake my Soul look into thyself. O Thou whose spirit can make these bones to live -- those that are very dry -- may my Barren Soul -- not be left dead." Starting at the bottom of the first page, marginal or interstitial numbers refer to which of the Ten Commandments is being addressed in the adjacent passage. Added to Samuel Kirkland Correspondence as 077b, for a tentative date of April 1779.

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Purchased from Tommy Shurley

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  • 1776 - 1779



2 Leaves