Religion and Spirituality

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"Rev. Charles Nisbet, D. D., First President of Dickinson College," by Charles Collins
December 1853

Rev. Charles Collins, the eleventh president of Dickinson College, writes this short biography of Rev. Charles Nisbet, the first president of the College, in 1853.

Charles Collins, "Rev. Charles Nisbet, D. D., First President of Dickinson...

Journal of Charles Collins
1855-1872

Charles Collins records his thoughts and activities during his latter years as president of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and then as the head of State Female College in Memphis, Tennessee. Collins's entries also include detailed...

Letter from James Buchanan to W. Hunter
December 14, 1855

James Buchanan, the United States Minister to the United Kingdom, writes to W. Hunter and encloses a communication of "an important religious subject" from Edward Ellice, a member of the House of Commons, to C. A. Davis of New York. Transcript...

Location: MC 1998.10, B3, F20

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

"Posthumous Glory," by Clarence G. Jackson
July 9, 1859

Clarence G. Jackson prepared this oration, entitled “Posthumous Glory," for the Junior Prize (Grigg Prize) contest held on July 9, 1859. Transcript included. 

Location: Orations-1859-J12p

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1840-1859

Journal of Charles F. Thomas
July 9, 1859 - November 13, 1861

Charles F. Thomas' diary includes intermittent entries dating from leaving Dickinson College in July 1859, to attending at Garrett Bible Institute in Evanston, Illinois, and to working as a Methodist circuit rider in Pennsylvania as the Civil War...

"The Duty and Dignity of Man," by George B. Creamer
July 12, 1860

George B. Creamer prepared this oration, entitled “The Duty and Dignity of Man," for the commencement ceremonies held July 12, 1860. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1860-C912dX

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from James Buchanan to James Henry
April 2, 1864

Former President James Buchanan writes to his nephew, James Buchanan Henry, regarding Isabella Lynch, the daughter of one of his late friends. As Henry is an attorney, Buchanan asks him to look into Lynch's situation at the Convent of Visitation...

Location: I-Friends-2010-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

"Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," by Vincent Bierbower
June 26, 1865

Vincent Bierbower prepared this oration, entitled “Our Rebellion - An Epoch in History," for the Junior Prize (Pierson Prize) contest held June 26, 1865. A committee selected the top two orations, based on "the combined merits of Declamation and...

Location: Orations-1865-B588o

Subject: Politics and Government, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Henry Beecher to Horatio Collins King
July 20, 1875

Abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher writes to Horatio Collins King about King's apparent change of mind on becoming a publisher for Christian Union. Beecher accepts King's decision regretfully after admonishing that "backward" steps can be...

Location: I-HartC-1981-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Horatio Collins King
October 12, 1875

Harriet Beecher Stowe writes Horatio C. King to discuss musical compositions and to suggest changes to the Christian Union. "I want the C Union to put the public in early possession of the signal hymns of the [revival?] times," as Stowe...

Location: I-Friends-2011-2

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1860-1879

Letter from Nahum Capen to Horatio King
September 19, 1884

Nahum Capen writes to Horatio King to decline an invitation and to discuss the philosophy of dreams. Capen was postmaster of Boston, Massachusetts, from 1857 to 1861 while King served as Assistant Postmaster General from 1854 to 1861 and as...

Location: I-Purchase-1964-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Horatio King to John Cunningham
April 4, 1885

Horatio King writes John Cunningham telling him he put the sketches he received in his scrapbook. King gives corrections on Secretary of the Interior Jacob Thompson's resignation in January 1861 over the sailing of the Star of the West...

"Prohibition," by John M. Correll
June 24, 1886

John M. Correll prepared this oration, entitled “Prohibition ," for the commencement ceremonies held June 24, 1886. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time. Transcript included...

Location: Orations-1886-C824p

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Susan Howard to Horatio Collins King
August 19, 1889

Susan Howard, wife of John T. Howard, writes to her son-in-law Horatio Collins King regarding family and church affairs.

Location: I-HartC-1981-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Annie Besant to Mrs. Mawsou
March 20, 1891

Annie Besant thanks a Mrs. [Mawsou?] from Ashfield, Gateshead-on-Tyne in England for sending a pamphlet. "I am so busy [that] I am afraid I cannot find time to read the larger work of which you speak," as Besant explains.

Location: I-Friends-2001-4

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

Letter from Annie Besant to Clara Bayliss
August 6, 1892

Annie Besant reassures Clara Bayliss that one does not have to leave their Church when they join the Theosophical Society. However, Besant also explains that “as the Theosophical teachings flow into the life and thought, they tend to widen the...

Location: I-Friends-2001-4

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1880-1899

"Students Convention at Northfield," by Francis B. Harvey
June 14, 1893

Francis Baker Harvey prepared this oration, entitled “Student Conventions at Northfield," for the commencement ceremonies held June 14, 1893. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that...

Location: Orations-1893-H341s

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

"The Influence of Woman in History," by Charles S. Davison
June 8, 1898

Charles Stewart Davison prepared this oration, entitled “The Influence of Women in History," for the commencement ceremonies held June 8, 1898. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at...

Location: Orations-1898-D265i

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1880-1899

"Evolution vs Special Creation," by Caleb E. Burchenal
June 6, 1900

Caleb E. Burchenal prepared this oration, entitled “Evolution vs Special Creation," for the commencement ceremonies held June 6, 1900. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1900-B947e

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Science and Technology

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1900-1919

"The Protestant Sisterhood," by Olive C. Taylor
June 6, 1900

Olive C. Taylor prepared this oration, entitled “The Protestant Sisterhood," for the commencement ceremonies held June 6, 1900. Authoring an original speech was among the graduation requirements for Dickinson College seniors at that time....

Location: Orations-1900-T244p

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1900-1919

Woman’s Christian Temperance Union program
1907

This Woman’s Christian Temperance Union program from Mt. Vernon, Illinois contains psalms, a schedule of meetings, and a roster of the organization's officers and members.

Location: MC 2013.3, B6, F26

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Books and Pamphlets

Time Period: 1900-1919

Independent Theosophical League pamphlet
October 1909

The Independent Theosophical League creates this pamphlet to outline policies and positions as well as discuss the reasons to form of an Independent Section of the Theosophical League. Those individuals involved with creating this pamphlet...

Letter from Montgomery Sellers to Augustine Birrell
May 1, 1913

Professor Montgomery Porter Sellers writes to Augustine Birrell, the Chief Secretary for Ireland, and describes an observance of "Nisbet Day" that morning at Dickinson College, explains how Charles Nisbet became the first President of Dickinson,...

Mt. Vernon, Illinois First Methodist Episcopal Church bulletin
December 1918

This bulletin for the Mt. Vernon First Methodist Episcopal Church advertises prayer meetings and worship services at the church, including the congregation's Christmas Sunday service on December 22, 1918.

Location: MC 2013.3, B6, F13

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1900-1919

"Moncure Conway and German Philosophy," by Loyd D. Easton
April 24, 1969

Typescript of "Moncure Conway and German Philosophy," a speech given by Loyd D. Easton of Ohio Wesleyan University for the Boyd Lee Spahr Lecture at Dickinson College on April 24, 1969.

Location: I-Original-1969-1

Subject: Religion and Spirituality, Social Reform and Advocacy

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1960-1979

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