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Justus Forward papers

Call Number: MS 219

Scope and Contents

The Justus Forward Papers contain correspondence, diaries, over one thousand sermons, church papers, Forward's Yale papers, one hardback book, fragments of two Congressional bills, and miscellaneous materials. The period covered is from 1752 to 1814.

Correspondence includes letters of church business, as well as debates and discussions of Reverend Forward and colleagues on religious subjects and foreign policy. Of particular interest is an exchange with Dr. Martin Phelps, later excommunicated from the church, on the question of communion.


  • 1752-1813


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Earl M. Ingham and Norman W. Ingham in 1966 and 1978. Gift of Norman W. Ingham, 1993.


2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The papers consist primarily of sermons preached by Justus Forward between 1754 and 1813. Also included are correspondence, largely on church matters, other church papers, a notebook kept by Forward while at Yale College (1752-1753), and nine diaries (1759-1814) mostly with brief entries. There is one description of the military developments in the French-Indian War for the month of July, 1759. Of particular interest in the correspondence is an exchange with Dr. Martin Phelps, later excommunicated from the church, on the question of communion.

Biographical / Historical

Justus Forward graduated from Yale College in 1754. He studied theology with Rev. Timothy Woodbridge and was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association of Ministers in 1755. Forward was pastor of the Congregational Church in Belchertown, Massachusetts, from 1756-1812.
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Finding aid written in English.

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