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Jonathan Huntting Papers

Call Number: RG 184

Scope and Contents

Series I is a sequence of dated sermons. The text of the sermon and the first date and place of delivery are noted in the finding aid. Series II contains less structured sermon notes and lectures, again in chronological sequence. Series III contains undated sermons, funeral service notes, and fragments of various sorts. Series IV contains materials not written by Huntting, primarily relating to the area of Long Island where he lived.


  • 1732-1860


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William Hedges, ca. 1980.


  1. I. Dated Sermons, 1803-1842
  2. II. Dated Sermon Notes, 1810-1832
  3. III. Notes, Essays, Undated Sermons, 1802-1838
  4. IV. Collected Material, 1732 - 1860


4 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

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

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Collection consists primarily of manuscript sermons written by a Presbyterian clergyman in Long Island, New York. Jonathan Huntting (1778-1850) graduated from Yale College in 1804 and studied theology under Lyman Beecher. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Long Island in 1805 and was minister first at Fishkill and then Southold from 1807 to 1828.

Biographical / Historical

According to Franklin Bowditch Dexter's Biographical Sketches of Graduates of Yale College, "Jonathan Huntting, youngest son of William and Puah (Osborn) Huntting, of East-Hampton, Long Island, and grandson of Nathaniel and Mary (Hedges) Huntting, of East-Hampton, was born on February 13, 1778. Jonathan Huntting (Yale 1735) was his great-uncle. He entered College after the opening the Sophomore year. After graduation he taught in the Academy in his native town, and in the meantime studied theology under the instruction of his pasto, the Rev. Dr. Lyman Beecher (Yale 1797), and the Rev. David S. Bogart, of Southhampton. He was licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Long Island on October 10, 1805, and supplied the pulpit in Fishkill for the first five months of 1806. In June, 1806, he began to preach in the Presbyterian Church in Southold, Long Island, where he was ordained and installed as pastor on August 20, 1807. On September 20, 1808, he married Julia, daughter of Abraham Sayre, of his native place. He fulfilled a long and useful ministry in Southold, until dismissed at his own request on August 27, 1828. He continued to reside there, but for much of the time served as stated supply to neighboring congregations. Thus, for the four years ending in the fall of 1832 he supplied the church on Shelter Island. He died at his home in Southold after ten days' illness, on December 30, 1850, in his 73rd year."

Guide to the Jonathan Huntting Papers
Compiled by Todd Vetter, Jenna Tschida, and Martha Lund Smalley
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Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Divinity Library Descriptive Practices
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Finding aid written in English.

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