Guide to the John Henry Hopkins Letter, 1863
Norwich University Archives
158 Harmon Drive
Northfield, VT 05663
Phone: (802) 485-2947
Fax: (802) 485-2173
Summary Creator Hopkins, John Henry, 1792-1868 Title John Henry Hopkins Letter Dates 1863 Extent 1 Item About the Collection
The collection consists of a 7-page letter written 16 October 1863 from John Henry Hopkins in Burlington, VT, to Nahum Capen, a Boston publisher, in which Hopkins defends the right of the southern states to secede from the Union. Hopkins was devoted to the Union but pessimistic about the possibility of reunion with the estranged states. A typed transcription of the letter is available with the collection.
About John Henry Hopkins
John Henry Hopkins was born in 1792 in Ireland. He became the first Protestant Episcopal bishop of Vermont. Hopkins published over fifty books, pamphlets and sermons. His published lecture, Slavery: Its Religious Sanction, Its Political Dangers, and the Best Mode of Doing it Away (1851) averred that slavery was not a sin but that its abolition was crucial and should be accomplished by mutual agreement. He was awarded an honorary D.C.L. by Oxford University in 1867. He married Melusina Muller in 1816 and the couple had thirteen children.
The following subjects are represented in this collection. If you are researching these topics, try using these search terms in the library catalog:
Hopkins, John Henry, -- 1792-1868.
Capen, Nahum, -- 1804-1886.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
The collection is open.
Many items in the University Archives are one-of-a-kind resources that are not likely to be available anywhere but here. For this reason, forming citations for archival sources is a little different than for books and periodicals. If you need to cite anything from this collection, follow the format below: Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Henry Hopkins Letter, Box and/or Folder and/or Item Identification; Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT. Here’s an example from the collection:
Letter from John Henry Hopkins to Nahum Capen, 16 October 1863. Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, Northfield, VT.
Extent: 1 Item Collection Location: Archives 501 — Small Collections, Other Language(s) of Material: English Repository: Norwich University Archives, Kreitzberg Library, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield, VT 05663 USA, Phone: 802.485.2947, Fax: 802.485.2173, firstname.lastname@example.org
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