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James Family Papers and Sermons, 1808-1888
5 archives boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Abstract:
Family correspondence and sermons documenting the family and career of William James as a Presbyterian minister in New York State.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William James papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

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Biographical Note

William James was born in 1797. He was a graduate of Princeton. He preached for a time at Clarkson, N.Y. and assumed the pastorate of the Brick Presbyterian Church, Rochester, N.Y., in 1826. He resigned in 1830 to go to the Third Presbyterian Church at Albany, N.Y., where he died Feb. 16, 1868, aged 71. Rev. James was the half-brother of the theological philosopher Henry James, Sr., and uncle of the philosopher William James and novelist Henry James. His daughter, Elizabeth Tillman James, married Julius Hawley Seelye (Amherst College Class of 1849) in 1854.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Family correspondence and sermons documenting the family and career of William James as a Presbyterian minister in New York State.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the William James papers for research use. Particularly fragile items are restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Papers should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in William James Papers [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library

History of the Collection

Processing Information
Finding Aid:1970s; revised 2002


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Contents List
Series 1: CORRESPONDENCE



Series 1, Correspondence, contains family letters. They are arranged first alphabetically by author's name and then chronologically. If the author of a letter cannot be determined, the letter is filed under the name of the recipient. Of particular interest in this series are the letters to and from the brothers and sisters of William James, which document the amputation of Henry James' (1811-1882) leg. Also of special interest are the letters from William James to Marcia Ames James, Catherine Barber James Prince and from Catherine Barber James Prince to Elizabeth Tillman James Seelye concerning mental health and its cures.

Unidentified fragments: 1 letter to "T'Anna" [Anna Hawley Seelye Emerson?] possibly from Elizabeth Tillman James Seelye; 1 religious poem;1 letter fragment
n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Bixler, Elizabeth to Catherine B.J. Prince
[1883?]-1886

Box 1: folder 2
Blumenthal, Rosa to Catherine B. J. Prince
1877

Box 1: folder 3
Butler, John S. to Elizabeth R.J. Seelye
1864

Box 1: folder 3
Emerson, Anna Hawley Seelye - 33 pp. diary
N.D.

Box 1: folder 4
Holt, H.A. to Catherine B.J. Prince (1 letter); includes ANS, Martha Thatcher to C.B.J. Prince and AMS, Mary Lizzie Crawford to C.B.J. Prince
1876

Box 1: folder 5
Hotchkin, Fanny Page [?] to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (7 letters); to William James Seelye (1 letter, 1862)
1862-1864

Box 1: folder 5
James, Augustus to William James (1 letter)
1828

Box 1: folder 6
James, Henry, Sr. (1811-1882) to William James (1 letter)
1835

Box 1: folder 6
James, Jannett to William James - includes A.N.S. from Mrs. E. Smith (1 letter)
1830

Box 1: folder 6
James, John B. to William James (1 letter)
1828

Box 1: folder 6
James, Marcia Lucretia Ames - to Rachel Ames (1 letter); to Jannett James (1 letter); to William James, includes ANS to Mrs. Law (3 letters); to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye includes A.N.S. to Catherine B.J. Prince to E.T.J. Seelye (1 letter)
1825-1863

Box 1: folder 7
James, William - to Mlle. Catherine B.J. Prince (1 letter); to Mlle. Anne B.J. Edwards, Catherine B.J. Prince and Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (1 letter); to Ezra Ames (father of M.L.A. James) (1 letter); to Mr. & Mrs. McClennahan (1 letter); to Anne McB. J. Edwards (1 letter)
1850-1865

Box 1: folder 8
James, William - to Henry James, Sr. (1811-1882) (4 letters); to Jannett James (1 letter)
1835-1865

Box 1: folder 9
James, William - to Marcia L.A. James (4 letters); to William James, Sr. (1 letter)
1820-1826

Box 1: folder 10
James, William - to Catherine B.J. Prince (7 letters)
1856-1867

Box 1: folder 11
James, William - to [Catherine?] Sedgwick (1 letter); to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (1 letter); to Julius H. Seelye (1 letter)
1855-1863

Box 1: folder 12
James, William - to Sarah Seymour (3 letters)
1860-1862

Box 1: folder 13
Prince, Catherine Barber James - to William James (2 letters); to William Henry Prince (3 letters)
1850-1864

Box 1: folder 14
Prince, Catherine Barber - to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye, (15 letters); to Julius H. Seelye (2 letters); to William J. Seelye (2 poems and 3 letters)
1859-1865

Box 1: folder 15
[Unknown] to Catherine B.J. Prince, 2 letters
1848-1856

Box 1: folder 16
Prince, William Henry to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (7 letters); to Julius Seelye (4 letters)
1860-1864

Box 1: folder 17
Roberts, Charles to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (2 letters)
1868

Box 1: folder 18
Seelye, Elizabeth Tillman James to William James Seelye (1 letter)
1875

Box 1: folder 19
Seelye, Henry E. To Elizabeth T. J. Seelye (1 letter); to Julius H. Seelye (1 letter);
1852-1862

Box 1: folder 19
Seelye, Laurens Clarke to Julius Hawley and Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (1 letter);
1888

Box 1: folder 19
Seelye, Samuel to Julius H. Seelye (1 letter)
1862

Box 1: folder 19
Sen, Kashub Chunder to Mary Chamberlain (1 letter); to [unknown] (1 letter and 2 photos)
1875-1876

Box 1: folder 20
Shattuck, A.F. - to Julius H. Seelye (1 letter)
1868

Box 1: folder 20
Taylor, Chebad - to Sophia P. Humphrey (Mrs. Heman Humphrey) (1 letter);
1808

Box 1: folder 21
Warner, Margaret to Catherine B.J. Prince (1 letter)
[c. 1870]

Box 1: folder 22
Wilson, Julia A. to Elizabeth T.J. Seelye (3 letters)
1860-1861

Box 1: folder 22
Series 2: MISCELLANEOUS



Series 2, Miscellaneous, is very small but contains six copies of an engraving of Albany, New York circa 1847.

List of times awake/asleep of William James
[c. 1868]

Box 1: folder 23
News clippings [2]; religious brochure [2]
N.D.

Box 1: folder 24
Engraving of Albany, NY [6]
[c. 1847]

Box 1: folder 25
Series 3: SERMONS WITH BIBLE LOCATIONS



Series 3, Sermons, is organized by the passage in the Bible that is the subject of each sermon.

Deuteronomy 14.2 on chosen people, national responsibility - ca. 63 pp.


Box 1: folder 26
Psalms 46, on evils of natural constitution, social condition - ca. 25 pp.


Box 1: folder 27
Psalms 84.11 God is sun and shield, spiritual and eternal life - 2 pp.


Box 1: folder 28
Psalms 90.8-9 in conjunction with Hebrews 10.38 prayer of Moses the man of God, Israelites journey - ca. 36 pp.


Box 1: folder 29
Psalms 43.7 in conjunction with Proverbs 28.27 on giving to the poor - 5 pp.


Box 1: folder 30
Jeremiah 2.11 false gods and misplaced glory - 24 pp.


Box 1: folder 31
Micah 4.2-4 nations of world will learn the way of the Lord - 9 pp.


Box 1: folder 32
Matthew 5. 14-16 in conjunctions with Romans 13.8 -10 light of the world - ca. 43 pp.


Box 2: folder 1
Matthew 22.37 moral perfection, love of Lord with heart, mind and soul - ca. 59 pp.


Box 2: folder 2
Matthew 25.34-40 kingdom of Lord to those who believe in Christ, faith, and charity - ca. 26 pp.


Box 2: folder 3
Luke: 15.29-30 faithful son, lost son, killing of fatted calf - ca. 22 pp.


Box 2: folder 4
St. John 6.51 living bread from heaven, eat and live forever - ca. 17 pp.


Box 2: folder 5
Romans 1.16 be not ashamed of Gospel, power of God for salvation to believers - 7 pp.


Box 2: folder 6
Romans 1.28 sin, prevention, choice - 16 pp.


Box 2: folder 7
Romans 5.12 one man's sin passed onto all men - 7 pp.


Box 2: folder 8
Romans 6.1-7 justification of faith, sanctification -25 pp.


Box 2: folder 9
Romans 8.2 law of sin, law of spirit of life - ca. 45 pp.


Box 2: folder 10
Romans 8.13 live through spirit not flesh and mortify deeds of body. - 23 pp.


Box 2: folder 11
I Corinthians 1.22-23 Jews require a sign, Greeks wisdom - 24 pp.


Box 2: folder 12
I Corinthians 1.24 power and wisdom of God - 2 pp.


Box 2: folder 13
I Corinthians 2.1-4 manner necessary to make Gospel effectual - ca. 40 pp.


Box 2: folder 14
I Corinthians 9.24 sacrifices to promote Gospel - 15 pp.


Box 2: folder 15
I Corinthians 14. 20-21 cannot follow Lord and Devil both, reconciliation 5 pp.


Box 2: folder 16
II Corinthians 4.4 light of glory of God, darkness of World - 4 pp.


Box 2: folder 17
II Corinthians 5.20-21 reconciled to God, to be made the righteousness of God in him - 16 pp.


Box 2: folder 18
Galatians 2.20 die with the crucified Christ but lives because he lives in us - ca. 50 pp.


Box 2: folder 19
Ephesians 5 be followers of God, mystery of Christ and church - 9 pp.


Box 2: folder 20
Philippians 1.27 be one spirit, one mind striving for faith of Gospel - 28 pp.


Box 2: folder 21
Hebrews (1.11-12?) perseverance of believers - 20 pp.


Box 2: folder 22
Hebrews 3.12-14 evil heart of unbelief, confidence steadfast to end - 21 pp.


Box 2: folder 23
Hebrews 11.1 faith constant perseverance - 40 pp.


Box 2: folder 24
I John 3.2 sons of God, when He appears we will like Him - 15 pp.


Box 2: folder 25
I John 3.3 every man that hopes to God is purified - 5 pp.


Box 2: folder 26
I John 3.19-20 condemnation - 7 pp.


Box 2: folder 27
Series 4: SERMONS (SUBJECT LISTINGS ONLY)



Series 4, Fragmented Sermons by Subject, lists sermons by subject only; related topics are grouped together. An attempt has been made to place scattered sheets in their proper subject category. No attempt has been made to collate the sheets within these folders since the sermons were often rewritten several times.

God is love; nature of God's moral judgment - 25 pp.


Box 3: folder 1
Faith of children, love of a parent - 13 pp.


Box 3: folder 2
Spirit of prayer, condition of salvation - ca. 75 pp.


Box 3: folder 3
Trial of Christian virtue (Christian probation) perfection of Christian virtue - ca.75 pp.


Box 3: folder 4
Temptation ca. 80 pp.


Box 3: folder 5
Temptation ca. 70 pp.


Box 3: folder 6
Sermon on mount as bulwark of Christianity - ca.25 pp.


Box 3: folder 7
Life and consciousness of life - ca. 20 pp.


Box 3: folder 8
On discipleship - 15 pp.


Box 3: folder 9
God's elect and their trials, experience of church of God - 75 pp.


Box 3: folder 10
Family as sole depository of early promise - 40 pp.


Box 3: folder 11
Gospel clears mystery of God's creation - 75 pp.


Box 3: folder 12
Ministerial labors - 25 pp.


Box 3: folder 13
Natural and spiritual nature of man - 50 pp.


Box 4: folder 1
Inward and spiritual manifestation of God - 60 pp.


Box 4: folder 2
Apostasy - 10 pp.


Box 4: folder 3
Reformation principles - 11 pp.


Box 4: folder 4
Hypocrisy - 10 pp.


Box 4: folder 5
Charity - 15 pp.


Box 4: folder 6
History of Christian religion (Isaiah 51), spirituality of church and divine life, resurrection of believers, natural man, Gospel and regeneration - 50 pp.


Box 4: folder 7
Gospel probation, and its end and moral process, second trial of humanity, nature of love, 2nd probation, method of Holy Ghost. - 80 pp.


Box 4: folder 8
Heaven - 40 pp.


Box 4: folder 9
Church - 30 pp.


Box 4: folder 10
House of God under New Testament - 5 pp.


Box 4: folder 11
Truth in Bible, trust in Lord, confidence in man. - 60 pp.


Box 4: folder 12
Justice - 9 pp. (Psalms 121)


Box 4: folder 13
Preaching profession, seed of Gospel, power of God, truth of Gospel - 16 pp.


Box 4: folder 14
Atonement, moral wants of soul, moral act by which it is appropriated, law - 50-pp.


Box 4: folder 15
Nature of spiritual life, Divine Nature - 80 pp.


Box 4: folder 16
Nature of death of Christ, revelation - 35 pp.


Box 4: folder 17
Light, conscience, death, sin - 35-pp.


Box 4: folder 18
Paradise, fall of man, God's moral kingdom, nature of religion, power of Divine perfection. - 80 pp.


Box 4: folder 19
Nature of life, God is our sun, perfection of Divine Nature - 55-pp.


Box 4: folder 20
Worldly interests, Gospel, true destiny of man, everlasting life, and mortification - 31 pp.


Box 4: folder 21
Living Church, endearing to keep unity of spirit in the bond of peace ( Ephesians 4.3) - 4 pp.


Box 4: folder 22
The lamb's wife, discourse of sanctification - 20 pp.


Box 4: folder 23
Body of Christ, dead to law - 177 pp.


Box 4: folder 24
Nature and punishment of sin - 105 pp.


Box 4: folder 25
Law of sin and death in human nature - 11 pp.


Box 4: folder 26
Bondage of children of God - 7 pp.


Box 5: folder 1
Freedom, bondage, deliverance - 38 pp.


Box 5: folder 2
Spirit of life, creatures of God shall be delivered from bondage of corruption - 20 pp.


Box 5: folder 3
Moral perfection, regeneration, man's will, conscience and affection. - 25 pp.


Box 5: folder 4
Holiness of creature/God, union between soul and God, origin of law, regenerate nature - 100 pp.


Box 5: folder 5
Justification, sanctification, moral impossibilities - 5 pp.


Box 5: folder 6
Justification by grace, power of God redemption of Christ, sanctification of believers, death of sin - 85 pp.


Box 5: folder 7
Revelation, development of science, socialistic and utilitarian theories. - 56 pp.


Box 5: folder 8
Infinite of everlasting - 15 pp.


Box 5: folder 9
Divine perfection (intellectual, moral, social) son's of God - 20 pp.


Box 5: folder 10
Moral constitution of man, nature of soul, soul's relation to God - 8 pp.


Box 5: folder 11
Soul of man - 18 pp.


Box 5: folder 12
Divine law, fear of punishment, nature of religious sentiment - 65 pp.


Box 5: folder 13
Edification of believers, Judaism vs. Christianity - 55 pp.


Box 5: folder 14
Old Testament, Jewish people, Moses, promise of Savior - 35 pp.


Box 5: folder 15
Early churches, Judaism and Christianity, essence of faith - 30 pp.


Box 5: folder 16
Immortality brought to light in Gospel, change in state and character of man - 15 pp.


Box 5: folder 17
Spirit of the Gospel in a nation - 20 pp.


Box 5: folder 18
Nature of Gospel - 120 pp.


Box 5: folder 19
Power of Gospel, temptation, Christ head of church and church human body - 110 pp.


Box 5: folder 20
Spontaneous affection, exhortation, life above - 30 pp.


Box 5: folder 21
Miscellaneous, assorted pages from sermons - 75 pp.


Box 5: folder 22

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Subjects
  • Brick Presbyterian Church (Rochester, N.Y.)
  • James, William, 1797-1868.
  • Mental healing--United States.
  • Presbyterian Church--Clergy.
  • Third Presbyterian Church (Albany, N.Y.)

Contributors
  • Emerson, Anna H. Seelye, 1866-1901.
  • James family.
  • James, Henry, 1811-1882.
  • James, Marcia Ames.
  • James, Marcia Lucretia Ames.
  • Prince, Catherine Barber James.
  • Prince, William Henry.
  • Seelye, Elizabeth Tillman James, 1833-1881.
  • Seelye, Julius H. (Julius Hawley), 1824-1895.

Genre terms
  • Sermons.


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