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John Boddington commonplace book, 1769

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

1531 Dickey Drive, Suite 560

Atlanta, GA 30322


Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/rh43m

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boddington, John.
Title: John Boddington commonplace book, 1769
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 398
Extent: 0.2 cubic ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Consists of a religious commonplace book of John Boddington.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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[after identification of item(s)], John Boddington commonplace book, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Brandon Wason and Paul DeGeorge, 2015.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

The first page records the name and date of the book: John Boddington, 1769. Not much is known about the author of the book, although some notes on its provenance are indicated. It was given to H. Rutt in May of 1792 by John Boddington, and then H. Rutt gave it to C. Greenwood in April of 1793. The author was likely a Wesleyan or supporter of Wesleyanism.

Scope and Content Note

The commonplace book of John Boddington was bound in leather binding, although the binding has been broken and there are many loose pages. There are 300 numbered pages, approximately 100 unnumbered pages, and large sections of the book do not have content (e.g., pages 20-170 and 190-273). The book contains Charles Wesley hymns and letters along with some account ledgers of goods purchased. There is also a recipe for making elder wine. At the front of the book are printed biblical quotes that were pasted into the volume such as the Lord's prayer.