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  • 8910jz953?file=thumbnail
    Creator: United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1761/1784
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Vestry minutes of the United Congregations of Christ Church and St. Peter's from 1761 to 1784. Each entry records the date and place of the meeting, members present and business discussed. Regular business includes elections of church leaders and hiring and payment of church staff; fundraising and the ongoing settlement of various financial accounts; establishment and collection of pew rents; and maintenance and repair of church buildings and grounds. Other important events and topics include: The opening of St. Peter's and the establishment of the United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's in 1761, with shared government and finances. Minutes include draft and final versions of the charter for the United Churches. The response of the United Churches to the 1763 "Indian invasion" of the "back provinces" of Pennsylvania and subsequent correspondence with church officials from York and Cumberland Counties on behalf of "families on the frontier." The 1763 review and approval of Reverend William Sturgeon's fulfillment of his duty as the "Catechist to the Negroe Children for the Society for Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts." The 1772 bequest from Dr. John Kearsley that funded the development of the Christ Church Hospital for poor women and widows. The American Revolution. Minutes from the Vestry meeting of July 4, 1776, when the Vestry resolved at the onset of the American Revolution: "Whereas the Honorable Continental Congress have resolved to declare the American Colonies to be free and independent States, In consequence of which it will be proper to omit those Petitions in the Liturgy wherein the King of Great Britain is prayed for, as inconsistent with the said Declaration. Therefore Resolved, that it appears to this Vestry to be necessary for the peace and well-being of the Churches to omit the said Petitions, and the Rector and Assistant Ministers of the United Churches are requested in the Name of the Vestry and their Constituents to omit such petitions as are above mentioned." (p. 338) Subsequent minutes reveal effects of the war, including the loss of pew rents after many parishioners fled the city during the British occupation, the damage to church property caused by the British army, and the departure of Reverend Coombe, who could not tolerate the conflict of serving revolutionary subjects while ordained and governed by the Church of England.
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    Creator: Christ Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1784/1815
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Minutes of the vestry of the United Churches from 1784 to 1815; first as the United Churches of Christ-Church and St. Peter's, then as the United Churches of Christ Church, St. Peter's Church and St. James's Church. The first mention of St. James's occurs on p. 151 in the meeting minutes from March 30, 1807, in which a building committee was appointed to erect the new church. By 1810, the vestry is incorporating St. James's Church into their charter. Entries include the date and place of the meeting, members attending, and business discussed. Topics include church elections, improvements to buildings and grounds, fundraising efforts, burial requests, and the ongoing operation of Christ Church hospital. Recorded at the rear of the book are legacies, gifts, and donations made to an assortment of church related funds by various congregation members. Of note is a transcribed copy of Dr. John Kearsley's will. This volume has inserted at page 47 two additional items: a printed excerpt from the minutes of October 30, 1752 and a printed version of Bishop White's sermon delivered on June 21, 1786. Note: Blank pages were not scanned.
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    Creator: United Churches of Christ-Church, St. Peter's, and St. James's (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1816/1826
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Meeting minutes of the vestry of the United Churches of Christ Church, St. Peter's Church and St. James's Church from 1816 to 1826. Each entry records the date and place of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Topics include: the election of church leaders; the hiring, duties and salaries of church staff such as minister, organist, clerk, sexton, and bell ringer; reports from committees responsible for tasks such as locating new land to rent, securing insurance, and managing the church hospital; the upkeep of buildings and burial grounds; and the ongoing management of church finances, including bequests.
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    Creator: United Churches of Christ-Church, St. Peter's, and St. James's (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1827/1832
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Minutes of the vestry of Christ Church from 1827 to 1832. Each entry notes the date and place of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Regular topics include church elections, staffing, finances, burials, pew rents, management of the church hospital, committee reports, and repairs/improvements to church buildings and grounds. It was during these years that the decision of the United Churches to separate into individual entities took place. Entries relevant to the separation of St. James into its own corporation start around page 50, while entries relevant to the separation of Christ Church and St. Peter's are found at the end of the volume.
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  • Tq57nw283?file=thumbnail
    Creator: Christ Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1717/1760
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: This volume holds the oldest known meeting minutes for Christ Church, dating from 1717 to 1760. The vestry is the governing body for the church. Each entry records the date, members present and business discussed. The Lieutenant Governor was often present at early meetings, and the Governor became a member of the vestry in 1718. Topics covered include: elections of wardens and vestrymen; fundraising for a steeple and burial ground; establishment of new pew rents; settlement of various accounts; the need to write to the Bishop of London for a new reverend; application for a charter; and the appointment of a schoolmaster. Note: Page 92 was blank and was not scanned.
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    Creator: Christ Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1832/1845
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Meeting minutes of the Christ Church vestry from 1832 to 1845. Each entry records the date and place of the meeting, members present, and business discussed. Regular business includes the election of church leaders; employment of staff (ministers, clerks, sextons, bellringers and organists); financial matters such as budgeting, fundraising, taxation, insurance and bequests; maintenance of buildings (including the steeple and bells) and burial grounds; management of pew rents; appointments to and reports from various church committees; the operation of Christ Church hospital; and charity for the poor. Of special interest, this volume of minutes also records the beginning years of the ministry of the Reverend Benjamin Dorr. Annotated copies of Christ Church's charter and by-laws are inserted in the beginning of the volume, entitled "Charter of Christ Church in the city of Philadelphia and St. Peter's Church, in the city of Philadelphia, As established by an Act of the Legislature of Pennsylvania, passed January, 1832; together with the proceedings of the respective vestries thereupon." These documents reflect the separation of Christ Church and St. Peter's in 1832.
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    Creator: Christ Church (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Date: 1845/1866
    Contributing Institution: Christ Church, Philadelphia PA
    Description: Meeting minutes of the Christ Church vestry from 1845 to 1866. Each entry includes the date, place, members present and business discussed. Topics include the election of church leaders and hiring and payment of staff; appointments to and reports from various church committees; the upkeep of buildings and grounds; the ongoing balancing of financial accounts including ground rents, loans, investments and bequests; the collection of pew rents; and management of the Sunday school and hospital. The loose sheets tucked into the front of the volume are likely attendance records. The meeting minutes from the Spring of 1865 refer to the death of President Abraham Lincoln. The vestry of Christ Church elected to drape the church in black for a period of three months and muffle the church bells to mourn the death of the president. A copy of the charter separating Christ Church and St. Peter's Church in 1832 is also included in this volume. Note: Blank pages were not scanned.
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