The Richard Webster Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Webster, Richard, 1811-1856
Dates: 1832-34, 1847, 1851
Extent: 1 box (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1811 July 14 Born, Albany, New York
1829 Graduated, Union College
1831-1834 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1835 April 29 Ordained evangelist, Presbytery of Albany
1835 Missionary, Easton, Pennsylvania
1837-1856 Pastor, Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe)
1856 June 19 Died, Mauch Chunk (now Jim Thorpe)

Biographical Information

Richard Webster was a graduate of Union College (in New York) and Princeton Seminary (Class of 1834). He also studied at Andover Theological Seminary. He was ordained by the Presbytery of Albany and served as a pastor in Pennsylvania until his early death in 1856.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of ten letters written by Mr. Webster. Eight of the letters were addressed to his brother while he was studying at Princeton, 1832-1834. Two other letters regarding David Brainerd, are addressed to Allen H. Brown (class of 1843) in 1847 and 1851.



Webster, Richard, 1811-1856--Correspondence.

Princeton Theological Seminary--Students--Correspondence.

Brainerd, David, 1718-1747.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

These items were given to the Seminary sometime prior to January of 1828, when they were stamped with the Seminary Library's dated seal. These letters were preserved in the "Alumni Alcove" collection and later in File D. In December of 1996 these items were organized as a manuscript collection and the original finding aid was written by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin and Daved Anthony Schmidt in May of 2009.


There are no special restrictions to the access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.

Use of Materials

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