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Galesburg, IL 61401

Edward Beecher Letters
Manuscript Collection

Biographical Notes: Reverend Edward Beecher (1803-1895), the son of Lyman Beecher and brother of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, was an educator, Congregational minister, author and abolitionist. He was the President of Illinois College (1830-1844), Pastor of the First Congregational Church, Galesburg, Illinois (1855-1873), and a Trustee of Knox College (1866-1873). After leaving Illinois he returned to the East. Beecher assisted his brother, Henry, and worked in church affairs until his death.

Scope Notes: Seven letters to Warren Cottle Willard beginning October 19, 1855, through November 24, 1855, from Edward Beecher discussing his acceptance of the pastorate of the First Congregationalist Church (also known as the Brick Church and later Beecher Chapel). Discussion also included Beecher as a lecturer in Chicago and the particulars involved in moving from Boston to Galesburg.

Collection range: October 19, 1855-November 24, 1855
Collection size: 1 file envelope (8 documents)
Donor: Mary Willard Clark, Granddaughter of W. C. Willard