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John Hamilton Townley Family Papers


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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John Hamilton Townley, 1818-1855

John Hamilton Townley was a Presbyterian minister who graduated from the Princeton Theological Seminary in 1842 and subsequently preached at Hackettstown (1843-1851) and Morristown (1851-1855), New Jersey.

The collection consists of family papers of Townley (Princeton Class of 1837). Included is correspondence (1836-1855) between Townley and his wife (married 1843), Cornelia C. Searing Townley of Newark, N.J., their respective parents, and many brothers and sisters. Also present are an undated portion of a journal by Townley discussing his education, poems to Cornelia and on the death of a son in 1851, and Townley's dying testimony.

Arranged chronologically.

Gift of Dorothy Townley England, transferred from P.U. Archives (AM1993-59).

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Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1836-1855. 5 folders.
Physical Description

5 folders

Documents and writings of John Hamilton Towney, and misc. papers, 1839-1855. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Verse on the death of James Townley, 1851. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Resolutions and Misc. Documents on the death of John Hamilton Townley, 1855. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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