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Manuscript Group 46
EPHRATA CLOISTER COLLECTION
1723-1951 (bulk 1723-1874)
1 cu. ft.


Manuscripts (mostly in German) pertaining to Ephrata Cloister, a celibate religious community of the German Seventh Day Baptists founded ca. 1725 by Georg Conrad Beissel (b. 1690, d. 1768). The collection includes papers on theology, astrology and medicine by Jacob Martin (b. 1725, d. 1790), miscellaneous remedies and magical charms, a 1767 letter from Brother Ezechiel Sangmeister to Conrad Beissel condemning Beissel's alleged "tyranny and drunkenness," and correspondence of Jacob Martin that includes an exchange with Jacob Sensenig, 1760 and undated. Also present are miscellaneous items and printed pieces including a woodcut contrasting Gutenberg's 1440 press with the modern press of 1723, an illuminated calendar and cloister hymn possibly written by Conrad Beissel, an intricate illustrated monograph by Beissel, a pamphlet, entitled Act of Incorporation of Seventh Day Baptists printed in 1860, and a broadside printed on the old Ephrata press during its exhibition at the Sesqueicentennial of the Franklin Institute in 1874.




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