Jonathan Woodman, a Freewill Baptist pastor and evangelist, was born March 27, 1798. He was one of nine individuals who established The Morning Star, the denomination's newspaper, in 1825, and he eventually became a proprietor, trustee, and corporator of that printing establishment. In 1828 he gave the opening prayer at the first General Conference. He was the first president of the Anti-Slavery Society, 1843; president of the Home Mission Society, 1840; and president of the Foreign Mission Society, 1848-1850. He sat for two terms on the Vermont Legislature. In addition, he was minister in various Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts parishes. His first wife, Charlotte Jackson, died in 1832. His second wife, Mercy Eaton, died in 1877. He had four children. He died in January 1888.
In 1847 Rev. Jonathan Woodman and Rev. Eli Noyes were elected by the Freewill Baptist General Conference as delegates to the General Baptists in England. In 1848, Woodman traveled to England. This diary was written by Woodman during his travels through England, beginning with his departure from East Boston on April 5, 1848. Woodman met with Rev. Jabez Burns and Rev. Joseph Goadby, and visited several General Baptist churches in London. He also attended Baptist Missionary meetings and temperance meetings, and he met with members of the British Anti-Slavery Society. Woodman was invited to deliver sermons before several congregations. On July 13th, he received a letter which informed him of his son's struggle with tuberculosis. The journal ends two entries later.
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Woodman, Jonathan, 1798-1888--Archives
Woodman, Jonathan, 1798-1888--Diaries
Free Will Baptists (1780?-1911)
General Association of General Baptists
Antislavery movements--Great Britain--History--19th century
England--Description and travel
Presented to the Library of Cobb Divinity School by the family, via his daughter-in-law, Mrs. William J. Stanton, of North Danville, Vermont, April, 1891. Accession No.: xx-076.
A transcript of Woodman's diary is available in the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library.
Jonathan Woodman diary, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.
Transcription and initial description by Judy Hansen, 1997.
Final description by Kurt Kuss, Special Collections Librarian, 1999.
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