Speeches and Sermons

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Address after a “Short Vacation” by Charles Nisbet
November 2, 1789

President Charles Nisbet delivers this address to students on May 13, 1787 after a "short vacation." John Young, a member of the Class of 1788, transcribed the address. Transcript included.

"Generosi et Dominae," by John Wilson (Draft)
1790

John Wilson prepares these two drafts of his Latin oration, entitled "Generosi et Dominae," in 1790. Wilson is a member of the Class of 1792. The second draft is hand-bound with pages from an old newspaper, including advertisements on the front cover that offer rewards for capturing fugitive...

Location: I-BlackT-1954-2

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Farewell Address by John Wilson to His Students
August 27, 1793

John Wilson addresses his students in Southampton, Bucks County, stressing the importance of a varied education, living an active life, and maintaining upright moral conduct.

Location: I-BlackT-1954-3

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Address to George Washington by Charles Hall (Draft)
1797

Charles Hall's draft of a public address to President George Washington on the occasion of his retirement in 1797. Transcript included.

Location: I-WilliamsC-1956-4

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

"Encouragement Due to Worth and Genius," by William Woodward
July 19, 1838

William Woodward prepared this oration, entitled “Encouragement Due to Worth and Genius," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1838-W899e

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Mental and Moral Effects of the Mathematics," by John A. Wright
July 19, 1838

John A. Wright prepared this oration, entitled “Mental and Moral Effects of the Mathematics," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1838-W951m

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"The Effect of the Doctrines of Christianity on the Progress of Philosophy," by James Thompson
July 19, 1838

James Thompson prepared this oration, entitled “The Effect of the Doctrines of Christianity on the Progress of Philosophy," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1838-T473e

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Venice," by Amos Slaymaker
July 19, 1838

Amos Slaymaker prepared this oration, entitled "Venice," for the commencement ceremonies held July 19, 1838. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1838-S631v

Subject: International Affairs, Travel and Tourism

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Formation of Female Character," by John O. Proctor
July 11, 1839

John O. Proctor prepared this oration, entitled “Formation of the Female Character," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1839. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1839-P964f

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Inequalities of Human Condition," by John Lyon
July 11, 1839

John Lyon prepared this oration, entitled “Inequalities of the Human Condition," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1839. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1839-L991i

Subject: Education, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"The Congress of Panama," by James G. Hamilton
July 11, 1839

James G. Hamilton prepared this oration, entitled “The Congress of Panama," for the commencement ceremonies held July 11, 1839. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1839-H218c

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1820-1839

"Misanthropy," by Clement E. Babb
July 9, 1840

Clement Edwin Babb prepared this oration, entitled “Misanthropy," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-B112m

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," by George Coffey
July 9, 1840

George Alexander Coffey prepared this oration, entitled "Salutatory Oration: Extent of the Duty of Obedience," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included....

"Suicide," by A. Herr Smith
July 9, 1840

A. Herr Smith prepared this oration, entitled “Suicide," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-S642s

Subject: Health and Medicine, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," by Samuel G. Hare
July 9, 1840

Samuel George Hare prepared this oration, entitled “The Influence of Literature Upon Morality," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-H275i

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," by Samuel A. Harrison
July 9, 1840

Samuel A. Harrison prepared this oration, entitled “The Literature of the Age of Elizabeth," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-H322l

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"The Past," by Henry Augustus Muhlenberg
July 9, 1840

Henry Augustus Muhlenberg prepared this oration, entitled “The Past," for the commencement ceremonies held July 9, 1840. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1840-M952p

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Deficiency of Literature," by Wilson L. Spottswood
July 8, 1841

Wilson Lee Spottswood prepared this oration, entitled “Deficiency of Literature," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1841. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1841-S765d

Subject: Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Difference of Opinion," by John K. Stayman
July 8, 1841

John K Stayman prepared this oration, entitled “Difference of Opinion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1841. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1841-S798d

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Tyranny of Public Opinion," by Henry B. Harnsberger
July 8, 1841

Henry B. Hamsberger prepared this oration, entitled “Tyranny of Public Opinion," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1841. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1841-H291t

Subject: Politics and Government, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"National Ingratitude," by John R. Pattison
July 14, 1842

John Richard Pattison prepared this oration, entitled “National Ingratitude," for the commencement ceremonies held July 14, 1842. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1842-P321n

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"British Empire in the East," by Isaac Dillon
July 13, 1843

I. Dillon prepared this oration, entitled “British Empire in the East," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1843. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1843-D579b

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Colonial Prosperity," by William L. Whitney
July 13, 1843

William L. Whitney prepared this oration, entitled “Colonial Prosperity," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1843. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1843-W623c

Subject: Education, Politics and Government

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"National Example," by Dewitt C. Lloyd
July 8, 1847

Dewitt C. Lloyd prepared this oration, entitled “National Example," for the commencement ceremonies held July 8, 1847. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1847-L793n

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Italy under Pius IX," by John Andrew Jackson Creswell
July 13, 1848

John Andrew Jackson Creswell prepared this oration, entitled “Italy Under Pius IX," for the commencement ceremonies held July 13, 1848. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included.

Location: Orations-1848-C923i

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

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