The James Waddel Alexander Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Alexander, James W. (James Waddel), 1804-1859
Dates: 1823-1858
Extent: 3 boxes (1.1 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.

Chronology

1804 March 13 Born, Louisa County, Virginia. Eldest son of Archibald Alexander and wife Janetta Waddel.
1820 Graduated, College of New Jersey (Princeton University)
1824 Tutor, Princeton Theological Seminary
1827 Ordained
1829-1832 Pastor, First Presbyterian Church in Trenton, New Jersey
1833 Professor of Rhetoric, College of New Jersey (Princeton University)
1844 Pastor, Duane Street Presbyterian Church, New York
1849 Professor of Church History, Princeton Theological Seminary
1851 Pastor, 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York
1859 July 31 Died, Alleghany County, Virginia. Interred in the Alexander Family plot, Princeton Cemetery

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of classroom notes and lectures, sermons, lectures on rhetoric and sacred rhetoric, and correspondence.

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Subjects

Alexander, James W. (James Waddel), 1804-1859--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was processed, and the original finding aid was written in the fall of 1992, by Douglas Denné under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist. The finding aid was edited by Sarah Seraphin in February of 2009.

Access

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

The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The James Waddel Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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Related Material

See also the following materials in Special Collections:

The Archibald Alexander Manuscript Collection

The Henry Carrington Alexander Manuscript Collection

The Joseph Addison Alexander Manuscript Collection

See also:

The Alexander Family Collection, 1857-1910. Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division.

Alexander Autograph Collection. Princeton University Library, Manuscripts Division.

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Contents

Box 1
1:1 John 16:33, "These Things Have I". 1827
1:2 Genesis 15:5, "The Seed of Abraham". (November 25, 1842)
1:3 Romans 14:8, "We are the Lord's". January 3, 1847
1:4 Deuteronomy 1:25, "It is a Good Land Which the Lord God Doth Give Us" (Thanksgiving Day). 1851
1:5 Psalm 2:11, "Rejoice with Trembling" (Thanksgiving). 1852
1:6 Acts 26:24-25, "Festus and Paul". 1853
1:7 Psalm 147, 127, and 144, "Home" (Thanksgiving Day). November 24, 1853
1:8 Psalm 29:11, "Peace" (Collection Sunday) 1855
1:9 Habakkuk 3:17-18, "Joy Amidst Solace" (New York, after returning from Europe). November 1, 1857
1:10 Psalms 150, 147, and 144, "Peace" (Thanksgiving Day). 1858
1:11 Student Notes for Henry C. Alexander:
1#23 - Speech for the Theological Society  (February 1823)
2#43 - Oration on the Excellency of Heavenly Wisdom  (November 11, 1823)
3#44 - Essay on Truth  (November 14, 1823)
4#47 - Minutes  (December 4, 1823)
5#54 - The Wisdom of God  (February 16, 1824)
6#58 - Essay on Providence  (April 2, year unknown)
1:12 Notes upon lectures - Fifth Century - by Samuel Miller.No. 53 January 7, 1824
1:13 Notes upon lectures - "Manner of Electing Pope," by Samuel Miller, No. 53.5 (January 29, 1824)
1:14 Lecture 2: Practice of Composition (Winter 1833-August 1844)
1:15 Hints for a Lecture on Style (Winter Session) November 23, 1835
1:16 Eloquence. Conclusion of Lecture II (March 1837)
1:17 Lecture on Style, Part I (November 3, 1849)
1:18 Lecture on Style, Part II, Faults of Style (November 17, 1849)
1:19 Lectures on Elocution, No. I undated
1:20 Lectures on Elocution, No. II (December 1849)
1:21 Lectures on Elocution, No. III (December 1849)
1:22 Examination Questions on Composition, Deliver of a Sermon 1850
1:23 Letter to Rev. D. Schaff (January 30, 1857)
1:24 Letter to unknown person April 1, 1851
Box 2
2:1 Papers on Trade Unions 1838
2:2 Sacramental Discourse (begins New York, Communion) January 10, 1858
2:3 History of Literature, No. 5 undated
2:4 Fragment: On Style undated
2:5 Fragment: On Style undated
2:6 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 1 undated
2:7 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 2 undated
2:8 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 3 undated
2:9 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 4 undated
2:10 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 5 (October 9, year unknown)
2:11 Questions on Rhetoric, No. 6 (October 24, year unknown)
2:12 Fragment: [likely from College of New Jersey (now Princeton University)] Centennial Address undated
2:13 Subjects for Composition undated
2:14 Letter to Mrs. Mary Stockton (Wednesday, April 1, year unknown)
2:15 Letter: [likely from John William Proudfit] (New York) May 12, 1852
2:16 Letters to John William Proudfit (July 1838-January 1842)
2:17 Various terms of agreement entered into between John Breckenridge and J. W. Alexander (July 1838 and August 1840)
Box 3
3:1 Lecture on Rhetoric taken by William McKendree Scott undated
3:2 Lectures on Sacred Rhetoric taken by Caspar Wistar Hodge, Sr. (September 1849)
3:3 Letter: James W. Alexander to Charles Hodge [photocopy] (May 14, 1827)
3:4 Letter: James W. Alexander to Charles Hodge January 1, 1827
3:5 Letter: James W. Alexander to William Swan Plumer [photocopy] (September 4, 1849)
3:6 Engraving of James Waddell Alexander
3:7 Sermon printed in New-York Observer November 27, 1856

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