Guide to the David Marks papers, 1835-1845 | MC030

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Marks, David, 1805-1845
Title
David Marks papers
ID
MC030
Date
1835-1845
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
David Marks was a Freewill Baptist minister. The collection consists of his notes pertaining to church services in Portsmouth, N.H. (1835); Rochester, N.Y, (1837); and Oberlin, Ohio (1844-45). Marks comments on lectures and sermons delivered by Amos Sutton, Asa Mahan, President of Oberlin Collegiate Institute; and Charles Finney, professor of theology at Oberlin. Also included are his own sermons, notes concerning Freewill Baptist missions in India, and minutes from several meetings of the Foreign Mission Society (April 1835).

Preferred Citation

David Marks papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

David Marks was a popular evangelist who was connected with the establishment of the Foreign and Home Mission Societies, and the Education Society. He was also prominent in the anti-slavery movement.

Marks was born in New York state in 1805. He was called to the ministry at an early age, and at age 16 he began to preach, traveling through New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Kentucky, and Connecticut. In 1831, Marks was appointed agent of the newly established Book Concern, a position he held for four years. This became the Freewill Baptist printing establishment at Dover, N.H. In 1834, Marks took charge of a church in Portsmouth, N.H. and in 1836 he started a church in Rochester, N.Y.

In 1842, Marks moved to Oberlin, Ohio. His wife, Marilla, attended Oberlin Collegiate Institute and befriended Charles G. Finney, professor of theology and pastor of the Congregational Church. Marilla was active in the underground railroad activities in Ohio. David Marks died in 1845.

An autobiography, The Life of David Marks, was published in 1831. His wife, Marilla, edited and published his Memoirs after his death.

Scope and Content Note

The David Marks papers consist of what appear to be unbound journals covering several periods of Marks's life. Included are numerous pages of notes and reflections pertaining to church services in Portsmouth, N.H. (1835); Rochester, N.Y, (1837); and Oberlin, Ohio (1844-45). Marks comments on lectures and sermons delivered by Amos Sutton, Asa Mahan, President of Oberlin Collegiate Institute; and Charles Finney, professor of theology at Oberlin.

There are numerous outlines of Marks's own sermons which he calls "skeletons;" 26 pages of notes concerning Freewill Baptist missions in India with minutes from several meetings of the Foreign Mission Society (April 1835); and notes for a letter addressed to William Burr, concerning the India missions dated October 1837.

There is also a 24-page sermon dated 1789/1792 which does not appear to have been copied by Marks and whose author is unknown.

Organization and Arrangement

Organized into seven series: I. Portsmouth, N.H.; II. Rochester, N.Y.; III. Oberlin, Ohio; IV. Minutes; V. Sermon; VI. Skeletons of David Marks's Sermons; and VII. Miscellaneous.

Arranged in chronological order within series.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

No provenance information available. Accession No.: xx-060.

Processing Information

Initial arrangement and description by Judy Hansen, 1997.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911) -- Missions -- India
  • Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911)--Sermons
  • Oberlin Collegiate Institute

Personal Name(s)

  • Finney, Charles Grandison, 1792-1875
  • Mahan, Asa, 1799-1889
  • Marks, David, 1805-1845--Archives
  • Sutton, Amos, 1798-1854

Subject(s)

  • Public workship--New York (State)--Rochester
  • Public worship--New Hampshire--Portsmouth
  • Public worship--Ohio--Oberlin
  • Sermons, American--19th century

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General note

The first folder in the box contains biographical information on David Marks and his wife Marilla Turner Marks Hutchins Hills. This information is not part of the original collection.

Collection Inventory

 MC030/01 Portsmouth, N.H. Apr. 1, 1835- July 12, 1835   112.0 (approx.) pages

Scope and Content Note

Extensive notes on services held at the South Meeting House in Portsmouth, N.H. Also includes a few services held in Deerfield and in Boston. Preachers mentioned include Amos Sutton and Eli Noyes. Marks lists the names of individuals who were baptized, candidates for baptism, who spoke, and who came forward.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC030/02 Rochester, N.Y. July-Oct. 1837   90.0 (approx.) pages

Scope and Content Note

Primarily thematic writings for sermons, perhaps for publication, with some gaps. Marks includes estimates of time spent writing the pieces. There is a complete sermon on "Faith;" a letter to Wm. Burr concerning Freewill Baptist India missions; and an essay concerning a murder in Rochester.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC030/03 Oberlin, Ohio July 31, 1842- June 15, 1845   558.0 (approx.) pages

Scope and Content Note

Extensive notes of services and lectures delivered at the Oberlin Collegiate Institute. Includes general announcements, approximate number of attendees, and details of thematic outlines. The lectures and sermons were delivered by President Asa Mahan and professor of theology Charles Finney. A few sermons were delivered by a Professor Morgan.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC030/04 Minutes June 15- June 20, 1835   26.0 (approx.) pages

Scope and Content Note

Marks kept minutes of several meetings of the Executive Committee of the Freewill Baptist Foreign Mission Society. Also includes incomplete essay on Hindo beliefs and practices, as well as conditions in India informed by prejudice and superstition.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological.

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 MC030/05 Sermon 1789   24.0 (approx.) pages

Scope and Content Note

Identified Epsom October 21st 1789; Epsom March 11, 1792 allday; and Deerfield. Does not appear to be copied by Marks as the handwriting is distinct.

Organization and Arrangement

In page order.

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 MC030/06 "Skeletons" of David Marks's Sermons [1838-1843], n.d. 

Scope and Content Note

Includes outlines of sermons that Marks wrote and delivered, or intended to deliver. Marks called his outlines "skeletons." Only two are dated.

Organization and Arrangement

Chronological when possible.

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 MC030/07 Miscellaneous [1845] 

Scope and Content Note

Contains a note concerning Elder Benjamin McKoon and his sermon concerning Foreign Mission; a list of things for Marks to do; and a list of proposed subscribers to an unidentified journal or book.

Organization and Arrangement

Itemized.

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