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Alexander Viets Griswold (1766-1843) Papers

Alexander Viets Griswold (1766-1843) Papers

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ALEXANDER VIETS GRISWOLD (1766-1843) PAPERS, 1806-1856





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Griswold, Alexander V. (Alexander Viets), 1766-1843
Title:Alexander Viets Griswold (1766-1843) Papers
Dates:1806/1856
Quantity:0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:This collection contains approximately 150 letters addressed to Alexander Viets Griswold, the Episcopal Bishop of the Eastern Diocese from 1811 to his death in 1843.
Collection Number:MSS 477

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Scope and Content Note


This collection contains approximately 150 letters addressed to Alexander Viets Griswold, the Episcopal Bishop of the Eastern Diocese from 1811 to his death in 1843. The correspondence covers personal and church business from parishes in the Eastern diocese and from other Episcopal clergy. Also present are two documents written by Griswold and photographs of church officials.


Folders 1 to 5 contain letters to Alexander Griswold discussing church affairs such as ordination into the priesthood, pastoral visits, relocation of priests, church rituals, expansion of the church, and church convention business. There are also multiple letters from prominent clergy including Samuel F. Jarvis (1786-1851), Benjamin T. Onderdonk (1791-1861), Stephen H. Tyng (1800-1885), who married Griswold's daughter Anne, and Jonathan M. Wainwright (1792-1854).


Folder 6 contains one letter and a fragment of a letter written by Alexander Griswold concerning church affairs. Folder 7 contains ten photographs of Episcopal officials, nine of which are identified by name.


Biographical Sketch

Alexander Viets Griswold was born on April 22, 1766 in Simsbury, Connecticut, the son of Elisha and Eunice Viets Griswold. He was ordained as deacon and priest in the Episcopal Church in 1795 and served in Litchfield County, Connecticut, from 1795 to 1804; Bristol, Rhode Island, from 1804 to 1830; and Salem, Massachusetts, from 1830 to 1835. In 1811 he was chosen the first and only Bishop of the Eastern Diocese, which included all of New England with the exception of Connecticut. He received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Brown in 1810, from Princeton in 1811, and from Harvard in 1812. He married Elizabeth Michelson (1768-1817) in about 1786, with whom he had twelve children, and after her death he married Amelia Smith (1792-1862) in 1827, with whom he had two more children. Griswold died in Boston on February 15, 1843.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Cook, William
Griswold, Alexander V. (Alexander Viets), 1766-1843
Jarvis, Samuel F. (Samuel Farmar), 1786-1851
Onderdonk, Benjamin T. (Benjamin Tredwell), 1791-1861
Tyng, Stephen H. (Stephen Higginson), 1800-1885
Wainwright, Jonathan Mayhew, 1792-1854
St. Paul's Church (Boston, Mass.)
St. Peter's Church (Salem, Mass.)
Clergy
Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S.A.--Massachusetts (Diocese)
Boston (Mass.)
Bristol (R.I. : Town)
Salem (Mass.)
Photographs

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Alexander Viets Griswold (1766-1843) Papers, MSS 477, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was purchased in May, 1938.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Lee Jacoby, June 2014.


Related Material

Stone, John S. Memoir of the Life of the Rt. Rev. Alexander Viets Griswold, D.D. Philadelphia: Stavely and McCalla, 1844.


For Griswold's published works, please visit Philcat, our online catalog.


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