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John Mason Peck papers

 Collection — Box: 65
Identifier: MS-SC1158

Scope and Contents

Letter, 1819, from Rev. B.F. Farnsworth of Boston discussing news of his life and work and the possibility of his coming west. Letter, 1833, to Elder B.W. Henry, from Peck in Rock Spring discussing the Edwardsville Association and the principles of Illinois Baptists. Notes, ca. 1833-1834, on "Illinois history", pertain to Black Hawk War; also a circular, Oct. 21, 1833, "To the friends of education in Illinois" from Bela Jacobs, secretary of The Western Baptist Educational Association. Letter, 1834, to Peck from "AFG" requesting a copy of the description of Chicago Peck gave at a Vandalia meeting, hoping to use it as inducement for attracting settlers. Letter, 1856, to Henry Dawson, discussing his health and willingness to send reminiscences of early Baptists in New York to Baptist Historical Society of New York.


  • Created: 1819 - 1856


Biographical / Historical

Born in Connecticut, came west as an itinerant evangelist and strong abolitionist, settled in St. Clair County, Illinois. In 1827 he opened his Rock Spring Theological Seminary and High School which moved to Alton, Illinois in 1832 and was renamed Shurtleff College.


1 folder (1 folder : .5 linear inches (.042 linear feet)) : 5 items

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