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Edward Raymond Ames Family Collection

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Ames, Edward Raymond, 1806-1879

Edward Raymond Ames was born in Amesville, Ohio, on May 20, 1806 and died in Baltimore, on April 25, 1879. He became a Methodist, and in 1828 traveled to Illinois where, in Lebanon, he founded the school which later became McKendree College. In 1830 Ames joined the Indiana Methodist Episcopal conference, became a traveling preacher, and rode through the South and West, and among the Indian tribes, a distance of more than 25,000 miles. During his twenty years of traveling, he served as the chaplain of the Choctaw General Council at the tribe's request and as president of Asbury College. In 1852 he was elected bishop at a Boston conference.

The collection consists of two of Ames' diaries and 21 letters of Ames family members: Edward Raymond Ames, his mother, Nabby L. Ames, his wife, Henrietta Beach Ames, her brother, William D. Beach, her sister, Julia Beach, and her father, Samuel Beach. The first diary (14 pp.), dated Dec. 18-30, 1852, tells of Ames being sent to California to preside over conferences of the Methodist churches in California and Oregon. The second diary covers events of the year 1855. The bulk of the correspondence took place during the time when Ames joined the Indiana Methodist Episcopal conference and became an itinerant minister (1830s-1850s). The letters to his wife, written from the various cities that he travelled to, provide a firsthand account of an itinerant clergyman's life.

Organized by form (diaries and correspondence); correspondence arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

No AM given except for AM8504 for Folder 4a and AM8023 for Folder 24.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 11, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
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Collection Inventory

Diary of Edward Raymond Ames, 1852 December. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Telling about being sent to California to preside over conferences of the Methodist churches in California and Oregon.

Physical Description

1 folder

Diary of Edward Raymond, 1855. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, 1828 January. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Asking her to pay a debt to W. Fuller for him.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, 1837 September 8. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About a visit.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Samuel Beach to Henrietta Beach Ames, 1826 August 20. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife, Henrietta, 1838 August 25. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Upon his arrival at St. Louis.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About her son George entering the ministry, with a note on the bottom of the page from Henrietta.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife Henrietta, 1840 August 29. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About his travels and about bringing up their children to love truth.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife Henrietta, 1840 April 22. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About friends he had seen on a trip to Madison, etc.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife Henrietta, 1840 May 23. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Regarding to his prospective appointments.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife Henrietta, 1842 February 1. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About his visits.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Edward Raymond Ames to his wife Henrietta, 1842 August 9. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

While he was attending a conference in Chicago.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to her brother William D. Beach, 1823 October 13. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Telling him of her life at school.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from William D. Beach to Henrietta Beach Ames, 1826 April 16. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta's sister Julia to Henrietta Beach Ames, 1829 April 25. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

About a visit in New York and Staten Island.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta's sister Julia to Henrietta Beach Ames, 1830 October 12. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Sympathizing with her for the loss of a "kind brother."

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, 1834 November 16. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Re: her husband's new station at Indianapolis and the birth of their daughter Ann

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Edward Raymond Ames, 1834 December 8. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Urging him to take care of himself, and giving him news of the other members of the family.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Edward Raymond Ames, 1835 February 22. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Asking him to take better care of his health, and to write more often.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames telling her of the death of her father, 1836 September 18. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Telling her of the death of her father.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, 1836 December 21. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Telling of boarding in the absence of her husband.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, 1838 September 16. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Announcing the birth of another daughter Laura Adaline, and telling her of her husband's work.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Henrietta Beach Ames to Mrs. Nabby L. Ames, undated. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Telling her of her new home in Madison.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Nabby L. Ames to Edward Raymond Ames, 1837 December 28. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Asking why he hasn't written her, and telling him of family news.

Physical Description

1 folder

Diary of William Jacob Hiss, and Autograph Manuscript of "The Inconsistency of Woman's Son", 1847. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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