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P-39: Waggaman Letter on Frontier Religion and Religious Belief

ABSTRACT: Letter on the subjects of religious belief, Thomas Paine, "western boatmen", and American frontier religion from college student John C. Waggaman written to his grandmother, Mrs. Sarah C. Waggaman of Cambridge, Maryland.

DATE: 1836-01-01

SCOPE: This letter describes the current religious situation in Pennsylvania and at Waggaman's school, Jefferson College, in Canonsburg in Western Pennsylvania (today Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania). Waggaman goes on to describe a Presbyterian communion service, and then turns to the subject of religion among the then-American frontier's western boatmen.

EXTENT: 1 letter

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Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is "From the collections of the Herman T. Pott National Inland Waterways Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.”


Controlled Access Headings:


  • Presbyterianism
  • United States--Religion--19th century

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from Ian Brabner Antiquarian Books, Manuscripts, Graphics & Ephemera, 9/2013.