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Charles Hollis diary, 1830-1844

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/ft4hk

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hollis, Charles, 1812-.
Title: Charles Hollis diary, 1830-1844
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 131
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:Contains one manuscript diary of Charles Hollis.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access. Cannot be photocopied due to fragile condition of item.

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[after identification of item(s)], Charles Hollis Diary, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Jim Cooper and Nancy H. Watkins, 1994, 1996.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

Charles Hollis was born in England in 1812. When he was seven years old his family moved to America and settled near Baltimore, Maryland. The family moved again to Fredericktown, Maryland when Hollis was 9 or 10 years of age. They returned to Baltimore in 1826 after the death of his youngest sister. By 1829 both of Hollis' parents had died and he was left without family. In 1830 he was hired as a Sabbath school teacher and it is at this point that his diary begins. There is no record of his date of death.

Scope and Content Note

This is a manuscript diary and account of the life of Charles Hollis, a Sabbath school teacher and Methodist minister from Maryland. The diary is bound in vellum and contains entries for the years 1830-1844. A brief account of Hollis' early life appears on page 1. The diary documents events in his life and his efforts to purify his soul and evade sin. Joshua Wells, a prominent Methodist minister of the time, is mentioned in several entries.