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American Public Discourse, 1630-1865
Page from David Daggett's Fourth of July oration, 1799
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Manuscript and Archival
  • Richard Furman Collection, 1775-1825
    The writings include sermons arranged alphabetically by topic, addresses, and other writings on various subjects, such as slavery, prayer, and treatment for disease.
  • Edmund Botsford Family Collection, 1799-1819
    Letters Edmund Botsford wrote to Richard Furman and other ministers, as well as essays, sermons, financial records, and allegories; he was interested in a biracial church.
  • Basil Manly, Sr., Papers, 1826-66
    Contains sermons; committed to education, helped found Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • James S. Mims Papers, 1835-1854
    Personal correspondence, sermons, lectures, essays, writings; financial records, and reports to Furman University Board of Trustees.
  • William B. Johnson, 1831-1862
    Few manuscripts but do have printed materials and correspondence; protégé of Richard Furman
  • Ware Family Collection, 1784-1980
    Thomas Edwin Ware owned and operated Ware Place Plantation and mill and the papers primarily represent his business interests. He was the largest slave owner in the district (Greenville District) and served in the state House of Representatives (1840-1847) and the state Senate (1848-1864).
II. Books and Published Materials
A. Eighteenth Century
  • "A sermon : on the constitution and order of the Christian Church", Richard Furman, 1791
  • "An oration : delivered at the Charleston orphan-house before the intendant and wardens of the city, the board of commissioners, and a large assemblage of the benefactors to the institution, October the 18th, 1796", Richard Furman, 1796
  • "An address to the senior class in Yale-College : delivered in the chapel as a response to the valedictory oration which closed the public performances exhibited by the class after their examination, July 20, 1796", Josiah Stebbins, 1796
  • The American remembrancer; or, An impartial collection of essays, resolves, speeches, &c. relative, or having affinity, to the treaty with Great Britain 1795-6
  • Christ's famous titles ; and, The believer's golden chain : handled in divers sermons : together with his Cabinet of jewels, or, A glimpse of Sion's glory, William Dyer, 1796
  • The American Spectator or matrimonial preceptor, 1797
  • Three letters, written and originally published under the signature of A South Carolina planter, Charles Pinckney, esquire, senator in Congress, for South Carolina. To which is added, an appendix, containing sundry documents concerning Jonathan Robbins, 1799
  • "Sun-beams may be extracted from cucumbers, but the process is tedious: an oration, pronounced on the Fourth of July, 1799, at the request of the citizens of New-Haven", David Daggett, 1799
  • "The gospel preached to every creature: a sermon delivered on Wednesday, the 21st March, 1798 before the Incorporated Baptist Church in Charleston, South-Carolina: being their charity anniversary for the assistance of pious youth, in an education for the gospel ministry: and published at their request Rev. William Hollinshead", 1798
  • A defence of the Old Testament: in a series of letters, addressed to Thomas Paine, David Levi, 1798; owned by Richard Furman
B. Nineteenth Century
  • Sermons on several occasions, John Wesley, 1815; owned by James C. Furman
  • The pulpit assistant: containing three hundred skeletons of sermons, chiefly extracted from various authors : with an essay on the composition of a sermon: and a copious and accurate index, prepared expressly for this edition, T. Hannam, 1830; owned by James C. Furman
  • The Christian ministry: with an inquiry into the causes of its inefficiency, Charles Bridges, 1831; owned by James C. Furman
  • Domestic Manners of the Americans, Mrs. Trollope, 1832
  • The Young lady's book of piety: a practical manual of Christian duties for the formation of the female character, 1835
  • Lectures on the atheistic controversy: delivered in the months of February and March, 1834, at Sion Chapel, Bradford, Yorkshire. Forming the first part of a course of lectures on infidelity, by the Rev. B. Godwin, 1835; owned by James C. Furman
  • Appeal to the Christian women of the South, A.E. Grimke, 1836 (bound in Correspondence Between Elmore and Birney, after page 68)
  • Exposition of the Views of the Baptists, Relative to the Coloured Population, Rev. Dr. Richard Furman, second edition printed 1838
  • Society, Manners and Politics in the United States: Being a Series of Letters on North America, Michael Chevalier, 1839
  • "Christian Missions," a discourse preached before the Welsh-Neck Baptist Association at their Seventh Anniversary, held with the Mispah Church, Darlington Dist., SC, James C. Furman, 1839
  • Woman: her true mission and education, J.M.C. Breaker
  • "Speech of the Rev. W.H. Brisbane, lately a slaveholder in South Carolina: Delivered before the Female Anti-Slavery Society of Cincinnati", William Henry Brisbane, 1840
  • Address to the Baptist Ministers in the US who Hold Slaves, William Norwood Tillinghast of the Black River Ministerial Conference, 1845
  • A memoir of Mrs. Henrietta Shuck: the first American female missionary to China, J.B. Jeter, 1846
  • An address delivered before the Philomathean Society of Mrs. Dupre's female seminary, Charleston, S.C. On the evening of March the 29th, 1847, Rev. M. R. Fory
  • "Orthodoxy," an address delivered before the Board of Trustees of the Furman Theological Institution on the day of annual commencement, James S. Mims, June 19, 1848
  • "The True Orator: An Address Delivered Before the Adelphian Society of the Furman Institution, at the Commencement", 1850
  • "An address before the students of the Johnson Female Seminary at Anderson, S.C., delivered at its anniversary, August, 1850," James C. Furman
  • "Our duty to the African race : an address delivered at Washington, D.C., January 21, 1851" Richard Fuller
    SC Baptist minister attended Harvard, split with Northern Baptists re: slavery
  • "Address on the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Townes", James C. Furman, 1852
  • "Religious Liberty," an addess delivered before the Philosophian and Adelphian Societies of the Furman University, Greenville, June 24th, 1853, E. T. Winkler
  • "The Glory of Zion," a discourse delivered before the Welsh-Neck Baptist Association at Hartville, Richard Furman, November 13, 1853
  • "No more slavery extension into territory now free, Nebraska and Kansas : speech of Hon. Charles Hughes, of New York, against the repeal of the Missouri prohibition of slavery, in Congress, April 27, 1854"Hon. Charles Hughes, 1854
  • The teacher's last lesson: a memoir of Martha Whiting, late of the Charleston female seminary, Catharine N. Badger, 1855
  • "The Pulpit and the age," a sermon delivered before the graduating class of Wake Forest College, NC, E.T. Winkler, 1856
  • "Three changes in theological institutions," an address delivered before the Board of Trustees of the Furman University, James P. Boyce, 1856
  • "God shining out of Zion," a discourse delivered at dedication of the new house of worship of the Greenville Baptist Church, Richard Furman, 1858
  • "Government, and the right of revolution," an oration delivered before the '76 Association and Cincinnati Society, July 4th, 1859, Thos. M. Hanckel
  • The South alone should govern the South : and African slavery should be controlled by those only who are friendly to it, John Townsend, 1860
  • Anniversary address delivered on the second commencement of the South Baptist Theological Seminary at Greenville, SC, E. T. Winkler, 1861
  • The three Mrs. Judsons : the celebrated female missionaries, Cecil B. Hartley, 1863
  • "Young America : a Poem", Fitz-Greene Halleck, 1864
  • Lectures on Man; His Place in Creation, and in the History of the Earth, Ed. James Hunt, 1864
  • Methods of Instruction ... , James Pyle Wickersham
  • Sanders' Rhetorical, or, Union Fifth Reader: Embracing a Full Exposition of the Principles of Rhetorical Reading, with Numerous Specimens, both in Prose and Poetry, from the Best writers, English and American, as Exercises for Practice ... , Charles W. Sanders, 1865
  • Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection of America, compiled by Wm. H. Brewster, 1865
  • Sex in Education: Or, A Fair Chance for Girls, Edward H. Clarke, 1873
  • "Talks On Temperance", Rev. Canon Farrar, 1878
  • Hayne's Speech, Isaac Hayne, ed. James Garnett, 1894
  • South Carolina Journals and Journalists, ed. James B. Meriwether, 1975
  • Selections from the Letters and Speeches of James H. Hammond, James H. Hammond (1807-1864), ed. Clyde N. Wilson, 1978
  • The writings of Benjamin F. Perry, Benjamin F. Perry (1805-1886), edited by Stephen Meats, Edwin T. Arnold; with introd. and explanatory notes, 1980
  • "Reconstructing the Pulpit, Establishing the South: The Political and Religious Rhetoric of Richard Furman", by Andrew Tower Barnhill, 2009
III. Materials Covering Multiple Categories
  • Baptist Newspapers and Periodicals (website)
  • An extensive republic : print, culture, and society in the new nation, 1790-1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley, 2010 (In the General Collection)
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the Main Library
  • Voices of Multicultural America: Notable Speeches Delivered by African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native Americans, 1790-1995, Deborah Gillan Straub, editor, 1996, Reference Collection
  • African-American orators : a bio-critical sourcebook, Richard W. Leeman, editor, 1996
  • American Orators Before 1900: Critical Studies and Sources, Bernard K. Duffy and Halford R. Ryan, editors, 1987, Reference Collection
  • Index to American Women Speakers, 1828-1978, Beverley Manning, 1980 Reference Collection
  • Speech Index: An Index to 259 Collections of World Famous Orations and Speeches for Various Occasions, Roberta Briggs Sutton, 1966 Reference Collection
  • Oratory in the Old South, 1828-1860, Prepared under the auspices of the Speech Association of America. Waldo W. Braden, editor, 1970, General Collection
  • We Shall Be Heard: Women Speakers in America, 1828-present, Patricia Scileppi Kennedy, Gloria Hartmann O'Shields, editors, 1983, General Collection
  • I have spoken : American history through the voices of the Indians Virginia Irving Armstrong, compiler, 1971, General Collection
  • Oratory in the New South, Waldo W. Braden, editor, 1979, General Collection
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites