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Guide to the Peter Colegrove (1817-1860) Diary 1833/1840

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Peter Colegrove (1817-1860) Diary

Dates:

1833-1840

Collector:

Colegrove, Peter, 1817-1860

Size:

1.00

Repository:

Northwestern University Archives

Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Abstract:

Peter Colegrove's diary includes entries made between September 9, 1833 and November 10, 1840. Colegrove recounts his conversion to a life of Christian faith and, throughout the diary, records his struggles and failures to attain Christian perfection. The diary reflects on Colegrove's education at Hamilton and, during vacations from school, his preaching at churches in southwestern New York and northern Pennsylvania. Also included in the diary are a brief biographical sketch, entries concerning the Eastern Association, and accounts of Colegrove's visits to both friends and area residents. Colegrove referred to his diary as “my history of feeling & of the exercises of my mind…” It is a valuable source for the study of religious experience in nineteenth century New York.

Biographical Information

Peter Colegrove was born in Tompkins County, New York on January 10, 1817. Deeply influenced by the early nineteenth century religious revivals, which swept western New York, Colegrove professed his Christian faith on September 9, 1833. He entered Hamilton Literary and Theological Institution (now Colgate University) from Mecklenburg in 1834 to prepare for a career in the ministry. Colegrove finished his literary course of studies at Hamilton in 1839 and completed his theological training in 1841.

While at Hamilton, Colegrove served as corresponding secretary of the Eastern Association, a student organization promoting foreign missionary work. He was ordained a Baptist minister at Mecklenburg on August 25, 1841, and served pastorates in Canandaigua, Reading, Mead's Creek, Woodhull, Townshend Settlement, Branchport, Italy Hill, and Bath. In May, 1859, Colegrove settled near Fairbank, Fayette County, Iowa. After a brief illness he died on August 1, 1860.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Separated from the papers of Kenneth W. Colegrove, Northwestern University Archives series number 11/3/22/4 (accession number 95-188).

Processing Information

Kevin B. Leonard; November 14, 1995.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Scope and Contents

Peter Colegrove's diary includes entries made between September 9, 1833 and November 10, 1840. Colegrove recounts his conversion to a life of Christian faith and, throughout the diary, records his struggles and failures to attain Christian perfection. The diary reflects on Colegrove's education at Hamilton and, during vacations from school, his preaching at churches in southwestern New York and northern Pennsylvania. Also included in the diary are a brief biographical sketch, entries concerning the Eastern Association, and accounts of Colegrove's visits to both friends and area residents.

Colegrove referred to his diary as “my history of feeling & of the exercises of my mind….” It is a valuable source for the study of religious experience in nineteenth century New York.

INVENTORY

Box 1

Folder 1

General Biographical Materials

Box 1

Folder 2

Diary

1833-1840