The William Young Brown Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Brown, W. Y. (William Young), 1827-1914
Dates: 1861-1913
Extent: 7 Boxes (3 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.

Chronology

1827 July 22 Born near Achor, Ohio, to William Brown and Mary Magdalene Young
1848 Graduated from Jefferson College, PA. Began work as an educator at Beaver Academy in Beaver, PA
1851 Masters of Arts conferred by Jefferson College
1852 Began study at Princeton Theological Seminary
1853 June 15 Ordained in the Presbyterian Church and installed as pastor of the Presbyterian Church at New Lisbon, OH
1857 September 24 Marriage to Flora Robertson of Hanover, OH
1861-1865 Served as a hospital chaplain in the Union Army
1866 Installed as pastor in Perryville, Maryland
1870 Installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Denver, Colorado
1874 Installed as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Darby, Pennsylvania
1883 Conferred degree of Doctor of Divinity by Lafayette College
1882-1886 Corresponding Secretary for the Permanent Committee on Temperance
1886-1887 Stated supply in Conshohocken, PA
1888-1890 Installed as pastor in Port Chester, NY
1892-1901 Work as stated supply in Boone, IA
1905-1907 Work as stated supply in Lower Merion, PA
1914 February 13 Death, Philadelphia, PA

Biographical Information

William Young Brown was born near Achor, Ohio, to William Brown and Mary Magdalene Young on July 22, 1827. After graduating from Jefferson College in 1848, he began work as a teacher and later principal at Beaver Academy in Beaver, Pennsylvania, until he left to attend Seminary. Brown began at Princeton Theological Seminary in September of 1852, but in January 1853 he returned to Ohio, having received a call to the Presbyterian Church in New Lisbon, Ohio. There he was ordained in June of 1853. In 1857 he married Flora Robertson of Hanover, Ohio. During the course of their marriage the couple had one daughter. During Brown’s ministry he was the pastor of many churches across the country. During the Civil War, from 1861-1865, Brown worked as a hospital chaplain in the Union Army, during which time he successfully appealed to President Lincoln to grant chaplains the permission to provide pastoral care to soldiers near the point of death. In 1866 he was installed as a pastor in Perryville, Maryland. In 1870 he became pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Denver. From there, in 1874 he became the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Darby, Pennsylvania. In 1883 he was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity by Lafayette College. From 1884-1886 he was the Corresponding Secretary for the Permanent Committee on Temperance within the Presbyterian Church. During the period of 1886-1907 Brown worked in a pastoral capacity in churches in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania; Port Chester, New York; Narberth, Pennsylvania; Boone, Iowa; and Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. He died on February 13, 1914 in Philadelphia.

Brown’s published works include: The Christian Hero, his Conflicts, Victories, and Crown: a Sermon, 1862; The Army Chaplain, 1863; History of the First Presbyterian Church of the Borough Darby, PA, 1876; “Century of Temperance Work in the Presbyterian Church” in, One Hundred Years of Temperance, by the National Temperance Society in 1885.

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Scope and Content

The William Young Brown Collection is comprised of approximately 3 feet of manuscripts. It consists primarily of sermons, but also contains lectures. The dates span from 1861 to 1913. The sermons were given primarily in Darby, PA, and often repeated in Narberth, PA, and Boone, IA, although some sermons are original to other locations.

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Subjects

Brown, W. Y. (William Young)

Garfield, James A. (James Abram), 1831-1881.

Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Assassination.

Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Presbyterian Church--Sermons

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The William Young Brown Collection, Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Processing Information

Processing of the collection, including writing and publishing of a finding aid, was done by Sarah Kok.

Access

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

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Arrangement

The William Young Brown Collection is organized in the order it was received by Special Collections. Rev. Brown himself ordered the collection, an order which can be found in the introductory folder. The collection contains sermons on certain historical occasions. Box 1 Folder 23 contains a sermon on the occasion of President Garfield’s assassination entitled, “Lessons from the Life and Death of the late Chief Magistrate President James A. Garfield.” Box 6 Folder 6 contains a sermon on the occasion of President Lincoln’s assassination entitled, “Memorial of President Lincoln.” Box 3 Folder 26 and Box 5 Folder 25 contain work he wrote as part of the Temperance Committee within the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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Contents

Box 1
1:1 Exposition of the First Psalm 1881 November 20
1:2 The Science, the Philosophy, the Art, and the Blessedness of the Spiritual Life, or Christian Living 1883
1:3 The Mediator's Covenant People, and his Prayers for their Future Assembling 1861 June 23
1:4 The Chaplaincy Service undated
1:5 Escape for thy Life undated
1:6 A booklet containing a selection of 5 sermons on the theme of religious revivals 1882
Wilt thou nor revive us again etc.  1882 October 8
If ye have faith etc.  1882 October 15
Bring ye all Tithes into the Storehouse etc.  1882 October 22
He Stireth up the People etc.  1882 October 29
And they that be Wise Shall Shine etc.  1882 November 5
1:7 The Spiritual or the Ethical, Which? 1882 July 30
1:8 Feed My Lambs 1880 December 12
1:9 The Goodness of the Lord: A Thanksgiving Sermon 1892 November 24
1:10 Anniversary Six Years in Darby 1880 August 8
1:11a Faith's Heroes, Abel and Cain: The Lamb and the Corn 1877 December 16
1:11b Faith's Heroes, Jacob and Esau: God as a Factor in Human Destiny 1878 February 14
1:12 Faith's Heroes, David, the Shepherd Boy: or Foundation work in Life's Mission 1879 January 26
1:13 The People Had a Mind to Work 1879 January 5
1:14 Young People in Society 1875 May 30
1:15 Some of the Means to be Used for Promoting a Revival of Religion 1888 November 18
1:16 Light upon Little Graves: Infant Salvation 1893 March 26
1:17 The Relation of the Pulpit to Sociology 1895 October 20
1:18 The Old and New Year 1893 December 31
1:19 He Saved Others: Himself he Cannot Save 1883 July 11
1:20 The Attraction of the Cross of Christ 1879 August 31
1:21 Cyrus; or Predestination and Free Agency 1882 August 13
1:22 Obedience or Disobedience, Which? 1882 August 27
1:23 Subject: Lessons from the Life and Death of the late Chief Magistrate President James A. Garfield 1881 September 25
1:24 Brotherly Love 1880 July 18
1:25 Popular Mistakes: Concerning Heaven 1874 September 6
Box 2
2:1 Faith's Heroes, Abraham: The Better Land 1878 January 13
2:2 Faith's Heroes, Sarah: The Faithful Promise 1878 January 20
2:3 Faith's Heroes, Abraham: Faith's Possibilities 1878 February 3
2:4 Faith's Heroes, Isaac: Patriarchal Life 1878 February 10
2:5 Faith's Heroes, Joseph: of the Family Cemetary 1878 February 24
2:6 Faith's Heroes, the Infant Moses: or What Shall we do with the Child? 1887 May 1
2:7 Faith's Heroes, Moses: or Which Crown? 1899 November 11
2:8 Faith's Heroes, Moses: or the Invisible Protector 1878 March 24
2:9 Faith's Heroes, Jericho: or Ram's Horns in Life and History 1878 April 14
2:10 Faith's Heroes, Rahab: or the Scarlet Line in the Window 1896 March 1
2:11 Faith's Heroes, Barak: or the Last Opportunity 1878 May 12
2:12 Faith's Heroes, Gideon: or a Poor Man's Plea in Manasseh 1878 June 23
2:13 Faith's Heroes, Jepthah 1878 July 21
2:14 Faith's Heroes, Samson: or the Secret of Power 1878 September 22
2:15 Faith's Heroes, Samuel: an Early Piety 1878 September 22
2:16 Faith's Heroes, David the King: or the Glory of Regal Character 1879 February 2
2:17 Faith's Heroes, David: the Sweet Psalmist of Israel or Music in Worship 1879 February 16
2:18 Faith's Heroes, David, also; or Sin and its Consequences 1879 February 23
2:19 Christ is all, and in all 1882 August 20
2:20 God in American History: A Thanksgiving Sermon 1898 November 24
2:21 Christianity: It's Influence upon Man and Civilization ">undated
2:22 The Riches and Poverty of jesus; the Poverty and Riches of Believers 1878 June 18
2:23 Christmas Sermon 1865 December 24
2:24 The Baptism of Jesus 1877 July 17
2:25 Christianity: Its Influence upon Woman's Life and Destiny 1875 May 2
2:26 'It is Finished' Sacramental 1873 September 7
2:27 Messiah's Throne and Sovereign Rule 1875 January 9
2:28 A New Year's Sermon 1893 January 1
2:29 The Problem of Good and Bad in the Church 1900 September 26
2:30 Expository: Cornelius and Peter 1876 November 26
2:31 Expository 1876 November 12
2:32 Jesus in the Midst 1877 November 4
2:33 Expository 1870 June 8
2:34 Sovereign Grace: or the 3rd Saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 June 26
2:35 Sermon on John 11:39 1877 October 14
2:36 Sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:16 1879 September 19
2:37 Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:9 1869 May 9
2:38 Second Expository Sermon on James 1873 June 1
2:39 Mutual Hopefulness 1905 May 28
2:40 The Symbolism of the Lilies 1899 January 29
2:41 The Realities of the Judgment, a Motive to Repentance and Piety 1867 June 16
2:42 The Bible at the Bar; a Course of Sermons to Lawyers 1871 June 18
Box 3
3:1 Systematic Beneficence 1866 July 10
3:2 The Tree of Life 1875 March 14
3:3 The Rich Fool 1869 July 18
3:4 The Iniquity of the Fathers upon the Children 1869 December 26
3:5 I Would Not Live Always 1866 July 29
3:6 The Unreasonableness of Procrastination etc. December 1866
3:7 The Bible at the Bar: a Course of Sermons to Lawyers - God undated
3:8 How Shall we Escape etc. 1868 June 7
3:9 Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord 1875 July 4
3:10 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican 1875 September 23
3:11 Second Lecture of Paul and his Work 1873 May 28
3:12 The Life andWork of Jesus, the Christ. Part 1 from His Birth to the Close of the Temptation in the Wilderness 1875
3:13 The Mediator's Covenant People November 1866
3:14 Expository 1873 May 25
3:15 Jesus the Great Teacher 1873 August 31
3:16 The Atonement - No. 1 1876 July 30
3:17 The Young Man at Home 1875 May 23
3:18 Sermon on Matthew 5:17 in "The Atonement Series" 1876 August 20
3:19 Sermon on Luke 24:27 1876 December 24
3:20 Sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:14 1868 July 19
3:21 Sermon on 1 Samuel 28:7 1874 January 25
3:22 Sermon on Matthew 19:22 1878 June 18
3:23 Sermon on Acts 16:14-18 1870 May 1
3:24 An Educated Ministry 1868 July 5
3:25 Outline of the service and sermon notes for the organization of a Presbyterian church in Boulder Colorado 1872 November 8
3:26 Remarks of the Rev. W. Y. Brown on behalf of the Permanent Committee on Temperance in the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Churc USA 1882 May 18
3:27 The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit 1879 October 19
3:28 Sermon on Philippians 1:21 1881 February 27
3:29 The Dreadful Things that Never Happen 1883 May 6
3:30 Ventilation, or, the Great Word 1883 March 22
3:31 The Disciples Forsook him and Fled: Sermon after the Sacrament 1879 September 21
3:32 Jeremiah, or the Prophet of the Broken Heart: the Life of Jeremiah during the Reign of the Good King Josiah undated
3:33 The Prophet Jeremiah: Jeremiah during the Reigns of Jehoiakim and Jehoiachin 1877 June 10
3:34 The Prophet Jeremiah: Jeremiah during the Reign of Zedekiah 1877 June 17
3:35 The Prophet Jeremiah: Jeremiah on the Destruction of Jerusalem 1877 June 24
3:36 The Prophet Jeremiah: Jeremiah in Egypt, his Death 1877 July 1
3:37 The True Inner Light 1882 July 9
3:38 Sermon on Isaiah 40:1 1882 January 15
3:39 Give attendance to Reading 1895 December 8
3:40 A Course of Sabbath Evening Sermons undated
Box 4
4:1 What Books Shall We Read? undated
4:2 Sermon on 1 John 2:6 1878 September 1
4:3 Christ's Power to Save unto the Uttermost 1883 April 15
4:4 The Enervating Power of Unbelief 1888 November 4
4:5 The Delayed Justice of God 1881 January 23
4:6 A Packet Containing Four Sermons on 1 Timothy 3:16 February and March of 1884
4:7 Sermon on the Mount - What is it? And for whom is it the Rule of Life? 1906 October 7
4:8 Children in Relation to the Kingdom of Heaven 1910 September 21
4:9 What you know about Christian People 1877 February 18
4:10 What you know about Sin 1877 February 25
4:11 What you know about Wearing your own Clothes 1877 March 4
4:12 What you know about Unbelief 1877 March 11
4:13 What you know about belief 1877 March 4
4:14 What you think about the Lilies 1877 April 1
4:15 What you know about Love 1877 April 8
4:16 What you know about Hypocrisy 1877 April 22
4:17 What you know about Eternity 1877 May 6
4:18 On Forgiveness: First Saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 June 12
4:19 Remarks to the Presbyteries 1883 September 3
4:20 The Young Woman at Home 1875-May-16
4:21 Lincoln Memorial College for Colored People 1865-May
4:22 Our of the Depths Have I Cried Unto Thee, O Lord 1877 February 4
4:23 John and his Gospel 1875-June-27
4:24 Sermon on Nehemiah 4:6 1874 August 23
4:25 The Web of Life 1876 July 16
4:26 Sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:41 1899
4:27 Bear Ye One Another's Burdens 1883 September 2
4:28 Balaam: or the Sin of Selfishness, and Covetousness 1880 February 1
4:29 Sermon on Isaiah 55:6-7 1879 March 2
4:30 Ruling Elders 1879 February 9
4:31 Sermon on Luke 9:30-31 1879 February 9
4:32 Proportionate Giving 1894 October 28
4:33 Resurrection. Easter Sunday 1890 April 6
4:34 Burning Questions: For everyone, but Especially for Non-Church Goers January/February
4:35 Filial Piety: or the Second Saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 June 19
4:36 The Burial of Jesus, and Remarks Concerning Modern Funerals undated
4:37 Sermon on John 5:40 1882 March 19
4:38 Preparation for Christian Service 1899 December 17
4:39 The Marriage Ring 1899 November 26
Box 5
5:1 What Symbols Say 1882
5:2 Marriage and the Choice of a Wife and of a Husband 1899 November 19
5:3 Man's Free Agency and God's Sovereignty in the Matter of Salvation 1879 May 18
5:4 The New Home and the New Adjustments 1899 December 3
5:5 Christ-Mindedness 1877 July 8
5:6 The New Family Founded at the Cross 1906 November 4
5:7 The Messiah of Prophecy undated
5:8 Thanksgiving 1880 November 25
5:9 The Allotted Task undated
5:10 The Conflict with Death undated
5:11 The First Trophy of the Cross 1899 June 4
5:12 Calvary: The Sayings of Jesus on the Cross 1899 June 4
5:13 The Great Conflict with Death: or, the Fourth Saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 July 3
5:14 God in American History: A Thanksgiving Sermon untitled
5:15 A Gladness that is the Highway to Heaven 1882 February 26
5:16 Sermon on Isaiah 40:1 undated
5:17 Good Citizenship 1894 November 29
5:18 Ruth: or the Blessedness of Casting in One's Lot with the People of God 1882 February 12
5:19 Walking in Darkness 1899 October 29
5:20 Opening the Door 1872 June 9
5:21 Notes on the History of the Darby Library Co. undated
5:22 The Ideal Woman 1879 June 8
5:23 The Living Luther: or, Martin Luther and his Work on the 400th Anniversary of his Birth 1883 November 11
5:24 Sermon on Psalm 84:9-12 1882 September 10
5:25 Remarks to the Synods undated
5:26 Predestination 1874 November 1
5:27 Sermon on Luke 14:17 1880 January 25
5:28 The Darby Library; Its remarkable History from its Organization march 10, 1743 to March 10, 1877, a Period of One Hundred and Thirty Four Years: A Lecture 1877 October 18
5:29 What You Know about Yourself 1877 February 11
5:30 Charity; its Properties and Excellence 1863 March 29
5:31 Leeks, Onions and Garlic vs. Manna 1880 November 21
5:32 Divine Truth and the Basis of High Character 1881 October 16
5:33 Sermon on John 5:1 1890 July 6
5:34 Easter Morning 1881 April 17
5:35 Easter Sabbath 1882 April 9
5:36 Sermon on Luke 15:18 1881 December 18
5:37 Funeral of Adolph Henning 1900 May 8
5:38 Sermon to Young Men 1888 November 11
Box 6
6:1 Why a Believing Parent Ought to have his Child Baptized in Infancy 1899 March 5
6:2 The Knowledge that Cometh by Service 1883 March 4
6:3 Sermon on Matthew 27:42 1880 May 2
6:4 Lessons from the Leaves 1881 October 30
6:5 Prayers Quickly Answered 1881 March 20
6:6 Memorial of President Lincoln 1863 April 23
6:7 Sermon on Isaiah 1:18 1881 November 13
6:8 Instruction by the Way: And how the Master Gave It 1880 June 20
6:9 Lives of Refreshing 1878 November 10
6:10 The New Prophet undated
6:11 Sermon on Psalm 34:12-22 1879 June 29
6:12 Sermon on Matthew 13:58 1880 March 21
6:13 Sermon on John 14:1 1879 June 18
6:14 Sermon on Psalm 17:15 1879 June 8
6:15 Sermon on Mark 5:19 1880 May 16
6:16 Sermon on Matthew 5:47 1882 March 12
6:17 Sermon 1880 June 27
6:18 Morning Prayer 1882 June 25
6:19 Sermon on 1 Kings 18:21 1881 March 27
6:20 Sermon on Luke 1:6 1881 January 2
6:21 Bliss-giving 1889 September 22
6:22 Sermon on James 1:25 undated
6:23 Sermon on 1 Corinthians 7:29 1889 June 22
6:24 Sermon on John 14:27-29 1883 June 10
6:25 How Shall we Train the Children of our Sabbath schools wo that they shall grow up in sympathy with our doctrines, order and worship as Presbyterians? 1879 March 24
6:26 The Roman Catholic Hierarchy in Relation to Affairs in the United States 1897 November 8
6:27 The Abrahamic Covenant Number 1 1863 November 5
6:28 The Last Prayer undated
6:29 Popular Mistakes Concerning God 1888 December 9
6:30 Popular Mistakes Concerning the Devil 1874 September 27
6:31 Popular Mistakes Concerning Hell 1874 September 13
6:32 Popular Mistakes Concerning Church 1899 March 5
6:33 Who Shall Worship the Lord? And with what Shall we Serve him? 1882 June 18
6:34 The Enervating Power of Unbelief: or, Trouble not the Master 1880 June 13
6:35 The Incarnation: Who? What? Why? Whereto? 1882 December 24
6:36 Barak: or the Lost Opportunity undated
6:37 John the Baptist 1880 June 6
6:38 Communion 1879 April 6
6:39 To Follow Christ, the Supreme Duty of Man 1881 February 6
Box 7
7:1 Popular Mistakes Concerning Moral Reform 1874 October 4
7:2 The Unpardonable Sin 1879 November 9
7:3 A Finished Work: or the Sixth Saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 July 10
7:4 The Last Prayers: or the Seventh saying of Jesus on the Cross 1881 July 17
7:5 Second Sermon on Psalm 130 1878 October 6
7:6 The Son of Man or Luke and His Gospel History 1878 June 30
7:7 Sermon on John 4:26 1883 November 18
7:8 The Parable of the Leaven 1880 February 15
7:9 The Strangers in our Midst and our Duties and Motives in Reference to Them 1882 April 23
7:10 Sermon on Leviticus 6:13 1879 May 11
7:11 Sacramental 1888 October 7
7:12 Children in Relation to the Kingdom of Heaven 1905 June 4
7:13 Third Discourse on the Spiritual Awakening in Italy: The Waldesians undated
7:14 Christ and Nicodemus; or How to Direct the Inquirers 1880 August 1
7:15 Regeneration undated
7:16 City Mission 1865 January 1
7:17 Washington City During the Rebellion: Part 1 undated
7:18 Washington Dity During the Rebellion: Part 2 undated
7:19 The Ideal Man 1875 April 25
7:20 City Mission No. 2 1865 January 8
7:21 Faith: Seeing the Invisible 1877 December 2
7:22 Faith: The Mysteries of Creation 1877 December 9
7:23 Enoch: The Solution of Great Problems 1877 December 23
7:24 Noah's Ship Building; or Weathering the Storm 1878 January 6

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