Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Laurens Perseus Hickok Lectures, 1847-1848

Blandina Diedrich Collection

Finding aid created by
Clements Staff and Meg Hixon, April 2012

Summary Information
Title: Laurens Perseus Hickok lectures
Creator: Campbell, S. M. (Samuel Miner), 1823-1892
Inclusive dates: 1847-1848
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This notebook contains Samuel Miner Campbell's manuscript transcriptions of lectures delivered by Laurens Perseus Hickok, a professor of Christian theology at Auburn Theology Seminary, in 1847 and 1848. The subjects include the nature of God, the authority of the Bible, the sacraments, and divine justice.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1988. M-2416.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Laurens Perseus Hickok Lectures, Blandina Diedrich Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Biography

Laurens Perseus Hickok was born in Bethel, Connecticut, on December 29, 1798. After teaching school, he enrolled at Union College as a junior in 1819, and graduated the following year. He then decided he wanted to enter the ministry, and studied theology informally. He was ordained in the Congregational church in 1824. After pastorates in Kent and Litchfield, Connecticut, he became a professor of theology at Western Reserve College (now Case Western University) from 1836 to 1844, at Auburn Theological Seminary (1845-1853), and at Union College (1853-1866). He served as president of Union College between 1866 and 1868, and then retired to Amherst, Massachusetts, where he edited some of his works and occasionally accepted speaking engagements. He and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, were married in 1822; they had no children. Laurens Perseus Hickok died on May 6, 1888.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (about 500 pages) contains Samuel Miner Campbell's manuscript transcriptions of lectures delivered by Laurens Perseus Hickok, professor of Christian theology at Auburn Theology Seminary, in 1847 and 1848. The subjects include the nature of God, the authority of the Bible, the sacraments, and divine justice.

When he was at Auburn Theological Seminary, Reverend Samuel Miner Campbell attended Hickok’s lectures entitled "Theology Natural and Revealed." The lectures are divided into 3 sections: Natural Theology (9 lectures, pp. 1-68), Doctrinal Theology (55 lectures, pp. 70-377), and Positive Institutions (11 lectures, pp. 379-429). The "Natural Theology" lectures concern the nature of God and divine providence, while the lectures on "Doctrinal Theology" pertain to the Bible and its interpretation. Among other topics, these sections address the authority of biblical text and the role of Jesus Christ in Christian theology, as well as original sin, atonement, faith, and election. Hickok's lectures on "Positive Institutions" focus on the sacrament of baptism, the Lord’s Supper, the Sabbath, marriage, and civil government.

The last section, after page 429, contains "The two administrations of the Divine govt. over man;" the first is entitled "Administration of Justice," and the second, "Administration of Grace." These concentrate on sin, punishments, rewards, and the administration of divine justice, drawing from to the creation story, and Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Adam & Eve.
    • Auburn Theological Seminary (New York, N.Y.)
    • Bible--Theology.
    • Christian education.
    • Christianity--United States.
    • Natural theology.
    • Sacraments.
    • Theology, Doctrinal.
    • Theology--Study and teaching.
    Contributors:
    • Hickok, Laurens P. (Laurens Perseus), 1798-1888.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Laurens Perseus Hickok lectures,  1847-1848 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The Clements Library's Book Division holds additional works by Laurens Perseus Hickok and Samuel Miner Campbell.

    Bibliography

    General Catalogue of the Auburn Theological Seminary, Including the Trustees, Treasurers, Professors, and Alumni. 1883. Auburn, New York: Daily Advertiser and Weekly Journal Printing House, 1883.

    Guelzo, Allen C. "Hickok, Laurens Perseus." American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press, 2000. DOI 08-0206.