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Negotiating TolerationDissent and the Hanoverian Succession, 1714-1760$
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Nigel Aston and Benjamin Bankurst

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198804222

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198804222.001.0001

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The Dissemination and Reception of Isaac Watts’s Hymns and Psalms in the British North American Colonies to 1748

The Dissemination and Reception of Isaac Watts’s Hymns and Psalms in the British North American Colonies to 1748

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(p.231) 11 The Dissemination and Reception of Isaac Watts’s Hymns and Psalms in the British North American Colonies to 1748
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Negotiating Toleration
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Jane Giscombe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198804222.003.0012

The hymns and psalms of the Congregational minister Isaac Watts circulated in the North American colonies prior to the revivals of the 1730s and’40s. Watts's transatlantic links are clearly evident in his regular correspondence with ministers and academics including Cotton Mather and Benjamin Colman. He gave forty-nine of his own books to Yale and many of these survive. Watts exchanged many letters with Benjamin Colman, pastor in Boston and an overseer of Harvard. Watts has often been regarded as having been first published in America in 1729 when Benjamin Franklin reprinted his Psalms of David. This paper examines two earlier publications of Watts's work, both printed in 1720 in Boston, and Cotton Mather’s reception of Watts’ early work. In so doing, it seeks to understand better Watts's influence in the American colonies before the arrival of George Whitefield and the Great Awakening of mid-century.

Keywords:   Isaac Watts, hymns, psalms, Benjamin Colman, Great Awakening, Colonial North America

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