Samuel Davies (1723-1761)

Biography (Wikipedia)

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Birthplace of Samuel Davies near Bear, Delaware. Photo credit: R. Andrew Myers

Birthplace of Samuel Davies near Bear, Delaware. Photo credit: R. Andrew Myers

The historic Polegreen Church as it looks today.

The historic Polegreen Church as it looks today.

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Paper communion token used at Polegreen Church, Hanover, Virginia. Source: Presbyterian Historical Society

Paper communion token used at Polegreen Church, Hanover, Virginia. Source: Presbyterian Historical Society

The Samuel Davies statue by Alexander Stirling Calder, located at the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Samuel Davies statue by Alexander Stirling Calder, located at the Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Samuel Davies is buried at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey. Photo credit: R. Andrew Myers

Samuel Davies is buried at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey. Photo credit: R. Andrew Myers

Letters of Patrick Henry, Sr., Samuel Davies, James Maury, Edwin Conway and George Trask (1747/1750, 1921)

Two Poems: 1) The Following Verses Were Composed by a Pious Clergyman in Virginia; and 2) A Clergyman’s Reflections on Hearing of the Death of One of His Pious Parishioners (1750)

The State of Religion Among the Protestant Dissenters in Virginia (1751, 1752)

July 4, 1751 Letter to Joseph Bellamy (1751, 1854)

Letter dated September 12, 1751 (1751, 1819)

January 10, 1752 Letter to the Bishop of London (1752, 1850)

September 29, 1753 Letter to Joseph Bellamy (1753, 1853)

The Duties, Difficulties and Reward of the Faithful Minister (1754)

A General Account of the Rise and State of the College, Lately Established in the Province of New-Jersey, in America; and of the End and Design of the Institution (1754 ed.)

Record of Contributions to the College of New Jersey (1754, 1841)

Letter to a Friend in London (1755, 1819)

Religion and Patriotism: The Constituents of a Good Soldier (1756)

Virginia's Danger and Remedy: Two Discourses (1756)

March 2, 1756 Letter to John Wesley (1756, 1827)

July 14, 1756 Letter to John Gillies (1756, 1845)

January 28, 1757 Letter to John Wesley (1757, 1827)

The Crisis: or, The Uncertain Doom of Kingdoms at Particular Times, Considered With Reference to Great-Britain and Her Colonies in their Present Circumstances: A Sermon (1757)

Letters from the Rev. Samuel Davies (1757)

Remarks on the Philosophical Works of Lord Bolingbroke (1757, 1837)

The Vessels of Mercy, and the Vessels of Wrath, Delineated, in a New, Uncontroverted, and Practical Light (1758)

The Duty of Christians to Propagate Their Religion Among Heathens: A Sermon (1758)

The Curse of Cowardice: A Sermon Preached to the Militia of Hanover County, Virginia...May 8, 1758 (1758)

Little Children Invited to Jesus Christ (1758, 1826)

Three Letters From Samuel Davies to Mr. P.V.B. Livingston (1759-1760, 1845)

Commencement Ode (1759, 1898)

A Catalogue of Books in the Library of the College of New Jersey (1760, 1949)

A Sermon Delivered at Nassau-Hall, January 14, 1761, on the Death of His Late Majesty King George II (1761)

Religion and Public Spirit: A Valedictory Address to the Senior Class, Delivered in Nassau-Hall, September 21, 1760 (1762)

Hymns Adapted to Divine Worship (1769)

Sermons on Important Subjects, Volume 1

Sermons on Important Subjects, Volume 2

Sermons on Important Subjects, Volume 3

Sermons on Important Subjects (Additional Volume, 1810)

Memoir of the Rev. Samuel Davies (1832)

Letter (undated)


Extracted from John Wesley’s Journal.

Extracted from John Wesley’s Journal.

Extracted from John Wesley’s Journal.

Extracted from John Wesley’s Journal.

Extracts by Samuel Davies from the hymnal of Thomas Gibbons.

Extracts by Samuel Davies from the hymnal of Thomas Gibbons.

At the time of its publication, this biography of Samuel Davies by the Massachusetts Sabbath School Union was the first and only such study of his life. It is included here, though not written by Davies, for its historical value.

At the time of its publication, this biography of Samuel Davies by the Massachusetts Sabbath School Union was the first and only such study of his life. It is included here, though not written by Davies, for its historical value.