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Collection Number: 03323-z

Collection Title: John Early Diary, 1807-1814.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Abstract John Early (1786-1873) was a Methodist minister and bishop, and president of the Board of Trustees of Randolph-Macon College for 40 years. The collection includes a typed copy of the daily diary (with gaps) of John Early. The diary, 1807-1814, covers Early's time as a Methodist circuit rider. Entries concern travels through southside Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and describe his work, camp meetings, rivalry with the Baptists, and many successful conversions. Included is an index to names mentioned.
Creator Early, John, 1786-1873.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John Early Diary, #3323-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Bignall Jones and Duke Jones of Warrenton, N.C., 1957.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John Early (1786-1873) was born in Bedford County, Va., the thirteenth child of Joshua Early and Mary Leftwich Early. He joined the Methodist Church in 1804 and was later licensed to preach. He became a presiding elder in 1813; president of Colonization Society at Lynchburg, Va., 1825; president of the Board of Trustees of Randolph-Macon for 40 years; president of the first conference of the new Methodist Episcopal Chuch, South; bishop from 1854 until he was superannuated in 1866. He was married to Anne Jones and later Elizabeth Browne Rives.

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The collection includes the typed transciption of the daily diary (with gaps) of John Early as a Methodist circuit rider. Entries concern travels through southside Virginia and northeastern North Carolina and describe his work, camp meetings, rivalry with the Baptists, and many successful conversions. Included is an index to names mentioned.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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