This volume gathers together for the first time all known extant
letters of Jonathan Edwards, along with his major personal
writings. For more than three decades George S. Claghorn has
scoured America, Great Britain, and Scotland for letters and
documents by and about Edwards. The result is an unparalleled
compendium of 235 letters -- including 116 never before published
or never reprinted since Edwards' death -- and four
autobiographical texts -- Edwards' meditation "On Sarah Pierpont",
his future wife, and "Diary", "Resolutions", and "Personal
These letters and personal writings reveal the private man
behind the treatises and sermons. They trace his relations with
parents, siblings, college classmates, friends, and family, as well
as with political, religious, and educational leaders of his day.
New documents include Edwards' only known statement on slavery and
letters on the Indian mission at Stockbridge, Massachusetts, that
display Edwards' interest in native Americans and his efforts on
their behalf. These writings show the human face of Edwards as he
applied theological and philosophical insights to the events of his
daily life. They provide an unprecedented resource for
understanding the man, his times, and his personal connections.
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