The Morgan Edward Sermons collection consists of 1,549 pages of photos of the original manuscripts of Reverend Edward’s sermons
taken in the Crozer Rare Book Collection at Central Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota. They are organized in 4 binders, the
fourth containing an index to the sermons.
Morgan Edwards (1722-1795), prime mover in the founding of Brown University, was born in Wales on May 9, 1722, to Episcopalian
parents. Early in life he chose the Baptist religion and was educated at Bristol Academy under the Reverend Bernard Foskett.
He then preached for seven years to a small congregation in Boston, Lincolnshire, while continuing his theological studies
with celebrated Baptist scholars Samuel Stennett, Thomas Llewelyn, and John Gill. On June 1, 1757 he was ordained as a Baptist
pastor in a church in Cork, Ireland. He was asked to take the place of Reverend Jenkin Jones, recently deceased, as pastor
of the First Church of Philadelphia. He arrived in Philadelphia on May 23, 1761. Edwards read the Old and New Testaments (which
he called the “two eyes of a minister") in Hebrew and Greek. It was Morgan Edwards, who, as Moderator of the annual meeting
of the Philadelphia Association on October 12, 1762, made the motion for the establishment of a Baptist college. Together
with James Manning, he worked to secure funds to place the young college on a solid financial footing. The College of Rhode
Island became an important Baptist institution for the next 150 years.