James Hamilton Baxter papers, 1876-1889

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322


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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Baxter, James Hamilton, 1848-1891.
Title: James Hamilton Baxter papers, 1876-1889
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 64
Extent: .5 linear ft. (1 box)
Abstract:Notes, outlines, sermons, a partial letter and a brochure of Methodist clergyman James Hamilton Baxter of Georgia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

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Unrestricted access.

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All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Unknown, before 1969.

Custodial History

The collection was discovered in the library's holdings when the special collections department moved out of the Candler Library building into the Woodruff Library building in the fall of 1969.


[after identification of item(s)], James Hamilton Baxter papers, 1876-1889, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.

Appraisal Note

Acquired as part of the Rose Library's holdings in Georgia history.


Processed by SG, February 1971.

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Biographical Note

James Hamilton Baxter (March 26, 1848-October 1, 1891), Methodist minister, was born in Gwinnett County, Georgia. Admitted on trial to the North Georgia Conference in December 1868, he was ordained a Deacon in December 1870 and an Elder in 1871. He served, during the years of his ministry, the Watkinsville Circuit (1869) and Little River Circuit (1870-1871), both in the Athens District; Gainesville Station (1872-1873), Covington (1874), Greenville (1875), Newnan (1876-1877), Cartersville (1878), Dalton (1879), Elberton (1880-1882), Edgewood in the Atlanta District (1883), Marietta (1884-1885), Eatonton (1886), and as Presiding Elder of the Elberton District (1887-1890). At the time of his death he was Presiding Elder of the Augusta District. A contributor to church publications, he also wrote "Sanctification," a pamphlet published in 1886 (Macon, Ga.: J.W. Burke). During the last six years of his life (1885-1890), he served as Secretary of the North Georgia Conference. Baxter had married Fannie Thrasher of Clarke County, Georgia, on May 9, 1872. The couple had four children.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of outlines or notes for 24 apparently complete sermons and fragments, notes and partial outlines for approximately 75 others. There are six pages of a letter to an editor regarding "adults as scho[lars] in Sunday-schools," a brochure telling of his pamphlet "Sanctification," and other items relative to his work as a minister. There are also thirty folders of sermons and sermon notes and fragments and one folder of miscellaneous material.

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Box Folder Content
1 1 Miscellany
1 2 Sermon: The Active and the Passive in Religious Life
1 3 Sermon: "And be ready always to give an answer" 1 Peter 3:15
1 4 Sermon: The Atonement-Its Extent
1 5 Sermon: Christ, the Holy Ghost, the Church, and the Ministry
1 6 Sermon: The Church's Care of the Young
1 7 Sermon: "Do ye not know" 1 Corinthians 9:13, 14
1 8 Sermon: "Examine yourselves" 2 Corinthians 13:5
1 9 Sermon: "For I determined not to know" 1 Corinthians 2:2
1 10 Sermon: "The Kingdom of God" Matthew 13:33
1 11 Sermon: Letting the Light Shine
1 12 Sermon: The Lord's Supper
1 13 Sermon: The Nature of the Atonement
1 14 Sermon: Number Three
1 15 Sermon: "Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17
1 16 Sermon: The Riches of God's Mercy
1 17 Sermon: Romans 3:19-26
1 18 Sermon: Spiritual Contrasted with Temporal Things
1 19 Sermon: "Train up a child" Proverbs 22:6
1 20 Sermon: "Trust in the Lord" Proverbs 3:5, 6
1 21 Sermon: "Wherefore, seeing" Hebrews 12:1, 2
1 22 Sermon: "Who hath blessed us" Ephesians 1:3
1 23 Sermon: "Who hath delivered us" Colossians 1:13
1 24 Sermon fragments and notes
1 25 Sermon fragments and notes; letter to an editor
1 26 Sermon materials: 1 John 1:8-10
1 27 Sermon outline: Salvation