The David Deforest Ely Manuscript Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Ely, David Deforest, 1802-1848
Dates: 1831-1833
Extent: 1 volume (0.2 linear feet)
Language(s): English
Repository: Princeton Theological Seminary Libraries. Special Collections.


1802 September 25 Born, Lebanon, Connecticut
1830-1832 Student, Princeton Theological Seminary
1834 July 24 Ordained, evangelist, Second Presbytery of Philadelphia
1834-1838 Seaman's chaplain, Havre and Marseilles, France
1844 Teacher, Rahway, New Jersey
1846 Teacher, Bridgeport, Connecticut
1847 Teacher, Trenton, New Jersey
1848 January 21 Died, Trenton, New Jersey

Biographical Information

David DeForest Ely was born in Lebanon, Connecticut on September 25, 1802. He attended Princeton Seminary, 1830-32, but did not graduate. Subsequent to his education Reverend Ely served as an ordained Presbyterian evangelist, a seamen's chaplain in France, and a school teacher. He died in Trenton, New Jersey on January 21, 1848.


Scope and Content

This collection consists of a bound volume of Reverend Ely's personal notes. The majority of the text is a diary, which Reverend Ely maintained from January 1831 to February 1833. The latter portion of the volume contains sermon notes. Upon delivering the volume to the Seminary library in August of 1979, Dr. Arthur Byers, former secretary of the Seminary, described the diary as of, "an introspective kind, but containing numerous comments on the scene roundabout him, including life in the Seminary, sermons, and addresses by the professors and life in the town of Princeton."



Ely, David DeForest, 1802-1848--Manuscripts.

Princeton Theological Seminary. Library. Manuscript collections.


Administrative Information

Processing Information

This collection was organized in September of 1996 by Raymond D. Cannata, under the direction of William O. Harris, Archivist.


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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