Charles B. Armstrong diary  1877-1880
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Charles B. Armstrong diary details the religious aspects of a Methodist minister's daily life in New York during the late 19th century. Armstrong composed the volume between September 1, 1877, and April 1880, and stated, "to the…interests which pertain to my work and what-ever may be [desirable] to remember…will this record be kept." The diary consists primarily of brief entries encapsulating his work in the ministry. Armstrong often mentioned ideas for sermons, including relevant Biblical passages, and occasionally transcribed longer excerpts from these sermons. Throughout this period, Armstrong was involved in many aspects of his church, and detailed church meetings, prayer meetings, and his involvement in local life; for example, he often recorded funerals he attended or at which he preached. At the end of the diary, Armstrong kept several financial records, including accounts with parishioners and lists of gifts and collections.

Other records include:

  • List of Names of Those for Whom I Pray Daily
  • Rechord of Funerals Attended at Clintonville 1878-1880 [sic]
  • Rechord of Baptism on Clintonville [Charge] 1878-8[0] [sic]
  • Marriage Rechord of Clintonville NY [1878-1880] [sic]
  • Calls Made on Clintonville Charge 1878-9
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