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A CHRONOLOGY OF EDWARDS LIFE AND WRITINGS Compiled by Kenneth P Minkema This chronology of Edwards s life and times is based on the dating of his early writings established by Thomas A Schafer Wallace E Anderson and Wilson H Kimnach supplemented by volume introductions in The Works of Jonathan Edwards by primary sources dating from Edwards lifetime and by secondary materials such as biographies Attributed dates for literary productions indicate the earliest or approximate points at which Edwards probably started them Miscellanies entries are listed approximately in numerical groupings by year rather than chronologically for more exact dating and order readers should consult relevant volumes in the Edwards Works Entries not preceded by a month indicates that the event in question occurred sometime during the calendar year under which it listed Lack of a pronoun in a chronology entry indicates that it regards Edwards 1703 October 5 born at East Windsor Connecticut 1710 January 9 Sarah Pierpont born at New Haven Connecticut 1711 August September Father Timothy serves as chaplain in Queen Anne s War returns home early due to illness 1712 March May Awakening at East Windsor builds prayer booth in swamp 1714 August Queen Anne dies King George I crowned November 22 Rev James Pierpont Sarah Pierpont s father dies 1716 September begins undergraduate studies at Connecticut Collegiate School Wethersfield 1718 February 17 travels from East Windsor to Wethersfield following school vacancy October moves to New Haven to continue studies in newly built Yale College but shortly returns to Wethersfield upon dissatisfaction with tutor Samuel Johnson November returns to New Haven after being in East Windsor 1719 June 24 returns to New Haven from East Windsor after Johnson s departure Writes Of Insects Suffers bout of pleurisy during last year of college 1720 May completes baccalaureate degree September delivers Valedictory Oration October 3 begins graduate studies at New Haven 1721



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