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Matthew Noyes papers

Call Number: MS 377

Scope and Contents

Forty-four manuscript sermons of Matthew Noyes, Yale 1785, who preached in various Connecticut churches.


  • 1788-1827


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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 Catherine Noyes Lee, 1967.


0.5 Linear Feet

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Catalog Record

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

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Forty-four manuscript sermons of Matthew Noyes, Yale 1785, who preached in various Connecticut churches.

Biographical / Historical

Matthew Noyes, a son of Judge William Noyes, of Lyme, Connecticut, was born in that town about 1764. Two brothers were graduated here, in 1775 and 1781 respectively.

After graduation he studied theology with the Rev. Dr. Josiah Whitney (Yale 1752), of Brooklyn, Connecticut, and was licensed to preach by the Middlesex Association of Ministers on September 3, 1788.

In March, 1790, he began preaching in Northford Society in North Branford, Connecticut, and in May he was called to the pastorate, on a salary of 90 pounds. He accepted, and on August 18 he was ordained Pastor. The sermon on the occasion, by the Rev. Dr. Elizur Goodrich (Yale 1752), was afterwards published.

His labors as pastor were suspended in 1833, though his formal dismission was delayed until the installation of his successor on December 1, 1835. In this period of over forty-five years, there were two hundred and one additions to the members of the church.

He died in Northford on September 23, 1839, in his 76th year.

He was chosen a Fellow at Yale College in May, 1823, and continued in office until his death.

He was reputed to be among the richest ministers in Connecticut in his generation.

He married, on November 7, 1790, Mary, youngest daughter of the Rev. Stephen Johnson (Yale 1743), of Lyme, Connecticut, who died in Northford on September 1, 1851, aged 83 years. Their only child, a daughter, died in early womanhood.

(Taken from Yale Biographies and Annals, 1778-1792, Class of 1785, 433-34).
Guide to the Matthew Noyes Papers
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compiled by Staff of Manuscripts and Archives
April 1974
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Finding aid written in English.

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