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bMS 74

Ames, Charles Gordon, 1828-1912. Correspondence: A Finding Aid.

Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: bMS 74
Repository: Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
Creator: Ames, Charles Gordon, 1828-1912.
Title: Ames, Charles Gordon. Correspondence, 1891-1910.
Date(s): 1891-1910.
Quantity: 0.35 cubic feet (1 boxes)
Quantity: Extent is approximate
Abstract: Letters written during the time that New England Transcendentalist Charles Gordon Ames, D.D. (1828-1912) was minister of the Church of the Disciples in Boston and Clara Bancroft Beatley in charge of the church school. The letters refer to many church school matters. Includes two addresses by Ames, one entitied A Century's Retrospect, the other given at the Unitarian Festival, May 25, 1906.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association, 1969.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Gordon Ames, D.D. (1828-1912) was born in Boston and was well known in the New England Transcendentalist movement. Licensed to preach in the Freewill Baptist denomination, he attended Geauga Seminary near Cleveland, Ohio from 1847-1849 and was ordained in the Freewill Baptist movement in 1849. In 1851 he founded the First Freewill Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He returned to Boston in 1859 and became a member of the Unitarian Church of the Disciples. Following the Civil War, he served as a missionary in California from 1865-1872. Reverend Ames served Unitarian parishes in Illinois, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, California and Massachusetts and served as pastor and pastor-emeritus of the Church of the Disciples (Boston) from 1888 until his death. In 1880 he wrote the widely used covenant known as the Ames Covenant, which states: In the love of truth, and in the spirit of Jesus, we unite for the worship of God and the service of all. His published works include George Eliot's Two Marriages (1885), As Natural as Life (1894), Sermons of Sunrise (1901), Poems (1898), Five Points of Faith (1903) and Living Largely (1904).

Scope and Contents

Letters written during the time that Ames was minister of the Church of the Disciples in Boston and Clara Bancroft Beatley in charge of the church school. The letters refer to many church school matters. Includes two addresses by Ames, one entitled the other given at the Unitarian Festival, May 25, 1906.

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