Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal

Abstract

The Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal (dated 1821-1855, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of a bound journal of the politician and minister Robert J. Breckinridge's religious ideas.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Presbyterians -- Kentucky.
Presbyterian Church -- Sermons
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Ashleigh Cofer
Preferred Citation
2011ms091 : [description of item] Robert Jefferson Breckinridge journal, 1821-1855, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert Jefferson Breckinridge was a politician and minister in the state of Kentucky and a member of the prominent Breckinridge family. Born in 1800, Breckinridge trained as a lawyer and was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1825. Breckinridge an abolitionist also believed in the independence of states from the federal government. After his tenure in the Kentucky General Assembly and the death of his daughter, Louisiana, as well as a month-long struggle with typhoid fever, Breckinridge turned towards religion. In 1832, he was ordained as a Presbyterian minister and lived out the rest of his life heavily involved in Kentucky religious affairs. He served as the pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington. He died in 1871 and is buried in the Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky.
Scope and Content
The Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal (dated 1821-1855, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of a bound journal of the politician and minister Robert J. Breckinridge's religious orations and ideas. The opening page of the hand-written journal describes it as a copy of an oration delivered before the chapter and lodge of Versailles [presumably a Masonic lodge] on December 27, 1821. There appear to be multiple religious orations. In the 180-page journal, Breckinridge recounts his religious journey and uses his experiences as a Presbyterian minister to guide the reader on how one should view the world according to the Bible. Breckinridge focuses on the uncertainty of human life, comparing much of the suffering of Native Americans as proof that nothing is certain in the lifespan of a population. An envelope pasted onto the back of the journal is addressed to the Reverend Breckinridge and his daughter, and is dated 1855.
The collection includes photocopies of the journal as it is fragile and should be minimally handled. Please use the photocopies of the journal whenever possible.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal, 1821-1855

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Robert Jefferson Breckinridge religious oratory journal photocopies, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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