MANUSCRIPT LETTERS EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Hopkins, John Henry (1792 – 1868). MANUSCRIPT LETTERS EPISCOPAL CHURCH: Hopkins, John Henry (1792 – 1868).


Hopkins, John Henry (1792 – 1868).

Publication Date: 1830
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First Bishop of Vermont and 7th Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, succeeding Bishop Brownell in 1865. He was instrumental in the reconciliation of the Northern & Southern Episcopal Churches after the Civil War. A prolific writer and a brilliant mind. Manuscript archives of drafts of letters written by John Henry Hopkins (in his hand), one signed. 10 x 8 inches. 4 folded sheets, 1 single sheet (i.e. 18 pages, 2 of which are blank). Toned, creased at folds. One folded sheet torn at top blank margin of rear and inner corner of front pages with some loss of manuscript. Otherwise in very good condition. (see images). These are drafts "copy" of letters written by John Henry Hopkins in 1830-31. There are numerous revisions and corrections which show how carefully the future Bishop constructed and presented his views. Two are addressed to George Brinley Esq., Chairman of the Committee of the Trustees, Trinity Church, Boston. Here he declines the offer of rectorship at Trinity Church, Boston but, leaves the door open. Hopkins seems to have been upset with G.W. Doane who took months to answer a letter. He says that he has already turned down a similar offer from Saint Stephens Church in New York and needs to be further convinced. In another he calls Doane an "amiable rector" and warms up to the idea of accepting the offer "But there are obstacles in my way which cannot be surmounted, and which make it my duty to [‘refuse’: this is crossed out and replaced by "decline] an offer more tempting to my inclinations at least, than any likely to be presented mw again." A 4 page detailed letter concerns the annual convention of the Protestant Episcopal church and the consecration of Rev. Dr. [William] Meade (1789 – 1862) of Virginia Excellent original primary source material dating to the early part of the establishment of the Episcopal Church in America. Bookseller Inventory # 002474

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