Robert Hamilton Bishop Edit

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Language
English

Dates

  • 1777 – 1841 (Creation)

Extents

  • 3 Boxes (Whole)

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  • Abstract

    Collection of materials related to the life and career of Scottish-American educator and Presbyterian minister Robert Hamilton Bishop, the first president of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Arrangement

    Statement of Arrangement: Organized into the following series: Diary and Memoirs, 1804-55; Addresses, 1820-1846, and undated; Reports to the Miami Board of Trustees, 1824-45; Bishop's Removal from Miami, 1845-97, and undated; Lectures and Classroom Notes, 1791-1851, and undated; Transylvania University, 1807-26, and undated; General Correspondence, 1803-55, and undated; Correspondence with Thomas E. Thomas, 1836-49; Materials relating to Farmer's College, 1845-1923, and undated; Sermons, 1809-1855, and undated; Publications, 1830-39; Biographical and Genealogical Materials, 1855-1995, and undated; Death and Memorials, 1855-1960; Miscellany, 1805-1995, and undated. Arranged chronologically within each series. Transylvania University material consists of typed transcripts of materials from Transylvania University Library, Lexington, Ky. Correspondence with Thomas partly photocopies from published Thomas correspondence.

  • Abstract

    President; Robert Hamilton Bishop Collection; 1762-1995; Box 1 [13A-A-1A] Contents: Diary and Memoirs, 1804-55

    1. Diary of Robert Hamilton Bishop (1804-39) [portions illegible]

    2. Bishop's household books (1805-27)

    3. Bishop's memorandum book (1805-55)[Includes yearly reflections on events, 1811-55-also a partial transcription]

    4. "Recollections and Reflections II-January 1845" [Composition book and 2 manuscripts. Original owner of composition book-Jane Knox Skinner]

    5. "Reminicential papers of an autobiographical sort" mainly relating to Bishop's life in Kentucky (May 1848) [Appears to be continuation of "Recollections and Reflections" --later printed as a supplement to Thornton Mills, Life and Services of Rev. R. H. Bishop]

    6. Bishop's reminiscences of his wife and children (n.d.) Addresses, 1820-46, and undated

    7."Life and Addresses of R. H. Bishop" [Spine title for bound collection of Bishop's Addresses and Thornton Mills' biographical sketch](1820-55)

    8. An Address to the Graduates of Miami University,... Printed at the Societies' Press, 1829

    9. An Address Delivered to the Graduates of Miami University, September 28, 1831. Oxford, O. Printed at the Oxford Press, 1831.

    10. An Address Delivered to the Graduates of Miami University, September 26, 1832, . . . Oxford, O.: Printed by W. W. Bishop, 1832.

    10a. A Plea For United Christian Action: Addressed Particularly to Presbyterians. Cincinnati: n.p., 1833.

    10b. Addresses Delivered at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, . . . containing his inaugural address, and his addresses to the graduates, of the years 1829,'30,'31,'32,'33,'34: . . . Hamilton, O.: Joseph G. Montfort, 1835 [Formerly belonged to Dr. J. W. Scott].

    11-11a. Oxford Addresses: being the inaugural address, and address to the graduates of Miami University of the years 1929,'30, '31,'32,'33,'34, . . . Hanover, Ind.: Joseph G. Montfort, Hanover College Press, 1835

    12. An Address Delivered September 30, 1835, to the Graduates of Miami University. . . . Oxford, O.: [n.p.], 1835

    13. A Tribute of Respect to Departed Friends and A Word of Encouragement to Their Sons, . . . Oxford, O.: R. H. Bishop, Jr., 1837

    13a. An Address, Delivered to the Graduates of Miami University, August 13th, 1840 . . . Oxford, O.: Printed by John B. Peat, 1840.

    14. "Eulogy on the death of William Henry Harrison" (May 1841) [holograph--portions illegible]

    15. "Address to Alumni Association" (1845?) [holograph--portions illegible]

    15a. Addresses: No. 1--To the Alumni of Miami University; No. 2--To the Farmers of Hamilton County. Cincinnati: Printed by R. P. Brooks, 1845.

    16. Addresses Delivered at the Laying of the Corner Stone of the Farmer's College, Hamilton, County, O., April 13, 1846. No. I., by R. H. Bishop. . . ; No. II., by J. W. Scott. Cincinnati: Printed by Brooks and Ocheltree, 1846

    17. "General Remarks on the Progress of Society. . ." Address to the College of Teachers (n.d.)[holograph] Reports to the Miami Board of Trustees, 1824-45

    18. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1824-29)

    [a]. Bishop to the Trustees accepting presidency of Miami (September 14, 1824) [not in Special Collection materials]

    [b]. Trustees to Bishop proposing meeting (1825)

    [c]. Bishop to John Reilly, requesting some of the Trustees to inspect carpentry work on the cupola and to authorize payment to Mr. Huston (December[?] 18, 1826)[fragment]

    [d]. Report of the Miami University [Joel Collins, Secretary, R. H. Bishop, President] (November 29, 1826) [not in Special Collections materials]

    [e]. The third year of the Miami University . . . , R. H. Bishop [schedule, tuition, regulations](December 1, 1826) [not in Special Collections materials]

    [f] Request to Bishop for meeting by James McBride, David Macdill, and Alex Porter (October 31, 1828); Bishops response, setting meeting for 18 November (November 7, 1828)

    [g]. Bishop requests Trustees to decide whether Union Literary and Erodelphian Societies shall hereafter have their several celebrations on the afternoon and evening preceding Commencement day (August 7, 1828)

    [h]. Report to the Ohio Legislature, Bishop and Joel Collins (January 1, 1829) [not in Special Collection materials]

    19. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1830-35)

    [a]. Report to the Board by Bishop (September 29, 1830)

    [b]. Circular announcing the establishment of a Miami University Medical Department in Cincinnati , with unsigned cover letter (February 22, 1831)

    [c]. Certification of degrees, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Honorary Master of Arts, over names of Bishop and J. W. Scott (September 24, 1834)

    [d]. Report No. 2 by Bishop (September 1834)

    [e]. Report No. 3 by Bishop (1834)

    [f]. Reports by Bishop: 1. Relative to appointment of a superintendent; 2. Relative to new building; 3. Relative to Mr. Robertsons compensation (September 30, 1835)

    [g]. Report No. 4 by Bishop (1835)

    [h]. Report No. 6 by Bishop (1835)

    [i]. Report No. 9 by Bishop (1835)

    [j]. No. 11 by Bishop (1835)

    20. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1836)

    [a]. Report No. A /Current enrollments, by Bishop (March 1836)

    [b]. Report No. 1, signed R. H. Bishop, J. W. Scott, S. W. McCracken, and Wm. Robertson/Faculty Report No.1, by R. H. Bishop (September 1836)

    [c]. Report No. 5 by Bishop (1836?)

    [d]. Report No. 1 by Bishop (1836)

    [e]. Recommendation to fill the vacancy of Professor McGuffey, signed R. H. Bishop, J. W. Scott, and S.W. McCracken (September 1836)

    [f]. "An ordinance to fix the price of Tuition in the Miami University and to Regulate the payment thereof," signed by R. H. Bishop, attest. Joel Collins (September 27, 1836)

    21. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1837)

    [a]. Bishops statement relative to cost of Presidents house and lots (August 10, 1837)

    [b]. Silas Totten to Bishop, canceling acceptance of appointment as Professor of Rhetoric and Mental Science (May 16, 1837)

    [c]. Elijah Slack to Bishop, recommending honorary LLD for John W. Picket (July 20, 1837)

    [d]. To the Committee of Claims, Nos. 1-3 [re. Bishop house and lot?] referred to Superintendent to examine and report at the next Board meeting (August 8, 1837)

    [e]. B. P. Aydelotte to Bishop, thanking him for payment of transportation by coach to Hamilton (1837)

    22. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1838-39)

    [a]. Report No. 1 (August 1838)

    [b]. Report No. 1-3 by Bishop (1838)

    [c]. Report No. 6 by Bishop; Report No. 7 signed by Bishop, J. W. Scott, S. W. McCracken, Jno. McArthur, Chauncey N. Olds, and Wm. W. Robertson (August 1838)

    [d]. Account for additional assistance in Grammar School for session ending March 1839 (March 14, 1839)

    [e]. Report No. 6 by Bishop (March 19, 1839)

    [f]. Report No. 1 by Bishop (August 1839)

    23. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1840-43)

    [a]. Report No. 1 by Bishop (August 1840)

    [b]. Bishop's resignation from the presidency (August 10, 1841)

    [c]. Memoranda by Bishop to the Board on occasion of his resignation (August 1841)

    [d]. Accounts/No. 36, Robert H. Bishop, late president (1841)

    [e]. To the Chairman, signed R. H. Bishop [as Professor of History and Political Science](August 8, 1843)

    [f]. Memorial by Bishop (August 8, 1843)

    [g]. If the different sums stated. . . , signed R. H. Bishop, attest. J. W. Scott (August 8, 1843)

    [h]. To the Board . . . , by Bishop (November 1843)

    24. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1844)

    [a]. I continued to be with Prof. Armstrong . . . , R. H. Bishop (May 1844)

    [b]. A list of acts of discipline . . . from August 1843 to Aug. 1844 [fragment]

    [c]. Schedule, No.I, Standing of the Members of the Senior Class at the close of the Session (March 1844)/Standing of Senior Class (July 10, 1844)/Literary Character of Each, signed R. H. Bishop

    [d]. Schedule, No. II, Standing of the Members of the Junior Class in the Depart. of History and Political Science, at close of the Session (March 1844)/Standing of the Juniors (August 1, 1844)/Schedule, No. III, Sophomore Class (March 1844), signed R. H. Bishop

    [d]. [Report], Department of History and Political Science (August 1844) [holograph]

    [e]. [Report], Department of History and Political Science (August 1844) [printed version]

    25. Reports to and communications from the Miami Board of Trustees (1845)

    [a]. Resolution to abolish the Professorship of History and Political Science, and to transfer the duties performed by the Professor to the President,: signed Joel Collins, Secretary, M.W. (January 9, 1845)

    [b]. Bishop's appeal from the Trustees decision to abolish the Department of History and Political Science (February 1845)

    [c]. Further support for Bishop's appeal

    [d]. Proposal . . . No. I [Paper of Dr. Bishop] (May 1845)

    [e]. Elements of Political Economy/ Table of Contents (1845?)

    [f]. Sophomore ending Aug. 18 (45?) [Fragment]

    [g]. "Pleasant Hill Academy" [Printed sheet--to become Farmers College] Bishop's Removal from Miami, 1845-97, and undated

    26. Letters to the Board of Trustees on the removal of Drs. Bishop and Scott (1845)

    [a]. From the undersigned citizens of Oxford (January 31, 1845)

    [b]. Memorial written for Oxford people on behalf of Bishop and Scott (11 January 1845)

    [c]. From the undersigned citizens of Indiana, alumni and friends (January 15, 1845)

    [d]. From George S. Rea (January 24, 1845)

    [e]. From J. M. Stone (January 24, 1845)

    [f]. From D. M. Stewart and Charles Sturdevant (February 4, 1845)

    [g]. From 15 undersigned individuals (Feburary 4, 1845)

    [h]. From John P. Reynolds, Jr.; Alfred Thomas; Thomas E. Thomas; and L. Pidgeon (March 1845) [i]. From W. M. Corry and W. Grosbeck (August 12, 1845)

    27. A. I. Lowes to Rev. W. H. Moore, with recollections on Bishops dismissal from the Miami Presidency (May 29, 1897)

    28. To Will H. Moore, Brooklyn, Indiana, unsigned letter from former Miami student citing reasons for Bishop's dismissal (n.d.) Lectures and Classroom Notes, 1797-1851, and undated [portions illegible]

    29. Lecture notes taken by Bishop while at Edinburgh on Moral Philosophy and Logic [Probably from Dugald Stewart's class at the University of Edinburgh] (1797)

    30. Bishop's lecture notes on Logic and Moral Philosophy at Transylvania (1805)

    31. R. H. Bishop. An Introduction to a Course of Lectures on History. Lexington, Ky.: William Tanner, Printer, 1823

    32. Notes: "John Brown and Langrigg Congregation"/"Scotch Aristocracy" (May 1851)

    33. Classroom notes, principally on Mental and Moral Philosophy, History and Political Economy "III"/ "Introductory"/ "political Economy purposes. . . "

    34. Classroom notes: "Exchange" Nos. I-XIII

    35. Classroom notes: "Philology" No. 22

    36. Classroom notes: "General Overview of Political Ec."

    37. Classroom notes: "Conflicting Principles in Society" No. 1C

    38. Classroom notes: I. "Introduction"/ II. "Importance and necessity of clear conceptions"/ III. "Connection betwixt results and details"/IV. "History as connected with the improvement of society"/V. "Hereditary nobility" Transylvania University, 1807-26, and undated

    39. Transylvania: typed transcripts relating to R. H. Bishop

    [a]. Receipt of payment on salary (April 1, 1807)

    [b]. "Property transfers to and by Robert Bishop" (1815-26)

    [c]. Students at Transylvania University (October 7, 1816)

    [d]. "Literary Notice." from Kentucky Gazette (March 31. 1817)

    [e]. Mathematical course of study, Transylvania University (November 29, 1817)

    [f]. Kentucky Gazette on Transylvania University (December 20, 1817)

    [g]. R. H. Bishop--Notice of Trans. enrollment, courses tuition (May 25, 1818)

    [h]. "On Education in the Western States," Western Review (1819)

    [i]. "Female Education," Western Review (February 1821)

    [j]. From the Argus (May 8, 1821); from the catalogue: courses of study, enrollment, etc.

    [k]. Bishop to Trustees re. apparatus for Natural Philosophy (October 2, 1823)

    [l]. Bishop to faculty re. public worship in college chapel (April 19, 1824)

    [m]. Refusal of local preachers to serve on chapel services (April-May 1824)

    [n]. Controversy over Bishop's defense of a student in a disciplinary case (April-June 1824)

    [o]. Bishop to faculty: 2 letters re. public worship in college chapel (June 21, 1824)

    [p]. Notice to pay Bishop's salary to October 1 (September 7, 1824)

    [q]. Resolution affirming Bishop's implied support of resolution submitted to the Trustees (n.d.)

    [r]. Acceptance of Bishop's resignation (n.d.)

    [s]. From Ranck's history of Lexington

    40. Notebook containing references to R. H. Bishop and Transylvania University (n.d.)

    President; Robert Hamilton Bishop Collection; 1762-1995; Box 2 [13A-A-1B] Contents: General Correspondence, 1803-55, and undated

    1. Thomas Bishop in Scotland to Bishop in Kentucky (1803)

    2. Typescript of Ebenezer Associate Reformed Church subscription list and letter from Bishop explaining why he did not accept the Presbytery's call (May 1804)[See also no. 54 below]

    3. [James Drake] in Scotland to Bishop in Kentucky, re. church in Scotland (1810)

    4. A. Porter to Bishop re. Presbyterian Church affairs (1814)

    5. John McS--to Bishop proposing that Bishop come and start a college in Chillicothe (1818)

    6. Henry Brigson to Bishop re. Socinian controversy at Transyvania and divinity school curriculum difficulties (Ashville, S.C. 1824)

    7. Letters to Bishop (1829-55, and undated) [88 letters from the following (index in folder): D. H. Allen; Charles Anderson; J. A. Applegate; Albert Barnes; H. C. Bird; John W. Caldwell; L. D. Campbell; Lewis Cass; V. Chase; J. Claybaugh; Joel Collins; Cony and Webster; Archibald Craig; J. T. Crowe; A. Durant; John R. Eads; John T. Edgar; John S. Edwards; E. N. Elliott; Robert Farrett; W. F. Ferguson; S. W. Fisher; J. R. Gibson; N. M. Gordon; E. M. Gregory; Samuel B. Halley; Benjamin Harrison; James Hay; William Henry; James Hoge; R. Kinder; Jacob Little; R. W. Loughridge; McMechan, Robert J.; W. L. McLain; J. G. McNutt; A. Marshall; Mrs. H. L. Miller; S. Miller; B. Mills; Thornton A. Mills; S. M. Moore; W. H. Moore and Co.; B. F. Morris; R. D. Muzzy; C. M. Niles; Henry C. Noble; Henry F. Page; S. W. Parker; S. L. Pomroy; Ludlow D. Potter; James P. Pressly; John T. Pressly; John Rankin; Joseph Ray; John P. Reynolds, Jr.; J. D. Shane; E. Sharpe; F. P. Stanton; Robert W. Steele; John M. Stevenson; David Stewart; C. E. Stowe; M. Sturgess; G. Swan; Charles L. Telford; J., B. Temple; Adam Thompson; John Thomson; Allen Trimble; J. Twichell; J. R. Wunderwood; John P. Vandyke; J. M. Wampler; Robert W. Willson; D. M. Wilson; David Winters; George Young]

    8. Bishop to Rev. James Hay of Kinross, Scotland. Notification that Miami has conferred the honorary degree D.D. Bishop tells Hay that Miami is reuputed to offer as good an education as Yale (1838)

    9. Bishop to James Taylor, Newport, Ky., concerning a law case involving Bishop, a Mr. Talbot, and Mr. Bain 29 years earlier (1844)

    10. Letters from R. H. Bishop to R. H. Bishop, Jr. (1845-55, and undated)[28 letters-portions illegible]

    11. Mrs. Emily Erwin to Bishop (Arkansas, 1846)

    12. Bishop to R. H. Bishop, Jr. in Oxford re. shipment by stage from Cincinnati (1846)

    13. Inquiry about enrollment procedures at Miami (1848)

    14. Bishop re. the anti-slavery movement and Presbyterian Church divisions (1848)

    15. Bishop to a "female college" student who will live with the family (1849)

    16. Bishop to Rev. Wm. H. Moore (College Hill, April 1855) [See Miami University, King Library, Special Collections Vault Mss. for letter from Daniel Drake to Bishop]

    17. Re. anti-slavery movement; verso-- Scriptural memoranda (n.d.)

    18. Correspondence from R. H. Bishop (n.d.)[many letters undated and illegible]

    19. Portion of typescript letter from Bishop to Scottish traveler offering advice on coming to America (n.d.d) Correspondence with Thomas E. Thomas, 1836-49

    20. Bishop to Thomas offering Professorship in Rhetoric and Greek Literature at Miami (September 1, 1836)

    21. Bishop re. "Old School" vs. "New School" Presbyterianism (October 25, 1839)

    22. Bishop suggests publication of some of his speeches for distribution to anti-slavery crusaders (December 26, 1843)

    23. Bishop re. prospects for a new periodical (December 16, 1844)

    24. Bishop asks for a recommendation to a Presbytery of Cincinnati ("New School") as in "good Ministerial Standing"(March 1845)

    25. Bishop enjoying new position at Farmer's College (July 1846)

    26. Bishop to Thomas requesting he rally supporters of Bishop and undertake publication of Bishop's statement in his own defense (November 29, 1846? [1844?]) [See Bishop's letter to Miami Trustees (1845)]

    27. Bishop recommends withdrawal of religious controversy from Miami affairs (August 2, 1848)

    28. Bishop's thoughts on education for the ministry (August 9, 1848)

    29. Bishop's recommendations for Miami presidency (June 3, 1849)[With holograph transcription]

    30. Bishop to Thomas and others re. recommendations for the presidency? (3 letters--June 26, 29, 1849)

    31. Bishop re. "Old School" schism in Presbyterian Church (July 3, 1849)

    32. Bishop re. history of Presbyterian Church controversy (July 15, 1849)

    33. Bishop urges Thomas to accept position in college of Hanover (July 22, 1849)

    34. Bishop to Thomas re. position at Hanover (August 7, 1849)

    34a. Thomas to Bishop? re. position at Hanover (August 1849?)[fragment]

    35. From Correspondence of Thomas Ebenezer Thomas . . . (1909) re. anti-slavery [copy] Materials Relating to Farmer's College, 1845-1923, and undated

    36. Letter to ? requesting aid in enlarging Cary's Academy (June 1845)

    37. Miscellaneous manuscripts and correspondence relating to Farmer's College and support for Bishop in his old age (1845-54, and undated)[Includes will of William Cary in Bishop's hand]

    38. "Outline--An Act to Establish Professorships in the Farmer's College, Hamilton County, Ohio" (1846)

    39. Fragment of "Statement" critical of Miami University and calling for partial diversion of its appropriation to the Farmer's College (1847)

    40. Circular from Bishop offering course of instruction on "the Political, Moral, and Religious Character of the French Revolution" at Farmer's College, Hamilton Co., Ohio (April 1, 1847)

    41. Reminiscence of Dr. James Hall (College Hill, May 16, 1850)

    42. F.G. Cary to Rev. Mills, containing reminiscences of Bishop at Farmer's College (1855)

    43. Catalog number of The Sentinel, Ohio Military Institute, College Hill, Cincinnati, Ohio (1923?)[mentions Bishop's contribution to Farmer's College, later the Ohio Military Institute]

    44. "Protocol" critical of Miami University and call for endowments for a new state college partially taken from Miami's revenue (n.d.) Sermons, 1809-55, and undated

    45. Sermons on Plain and Practical Subjects by Robert H. Bishop. Lexington: Printed by D. And C. Bradford, at the Office of the Kentucky Gazette, 1809. [Call # BX 9178/.B544/S47/1809]

    46. Sermons (1818-47)[Holograph--portions illegible]

    46a. Robert H. Bishop, "A Good Wife A Heavenly Gift" // David Magie, "The Sabbath a National Blessing" The American National Preacher 9, n.8 (January 1835): 113-28.

    47. An Outline of the Political Economy of the Bible, A Sermon by R.H. Bishop. Oxford: Printed by R. H. Bishop, Jr., 1838.

    48. A Sermon Occasioned by the Death of James R. Hughes, M.D. Oxford: Printed by W. W. Bishop, 1839.

    49. The Nature and Value of Brotherly Love: A Sermon . . . February 7, 1841. Oxford, O.: Printed by John Peat, 1841.

    50. Sermons (1847-55)[Holograph--Portions illegible]

    51. Sermons (undated)[Holograph--Portions illegible] Publications, 1830-39

    52. A Manual of Logic. Oxford, O.: Printed at the Societies' Press, 1830

    53. Elements of Logic; or A Summary of the General Principles and Different Modes of Reasoning. Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged. Oxford: W. W. Bishop, 1833

    54-55. Sketches on the Philosophy of the Bible. Oxford, O.: W. W. Bishop, 1833

    56-57. Elements of the Science of Government: Being An Outline of a Portion of the Studies of the Senior Class in Miami University. Oxford, O.: Printed by R. H. Bishop, Jr., 1839

    58. 'Senex'[Robert H. Bishop?]. The Difficulties, and Responsibilities, and Rewards of The Gospel Ministry. Cincinnati: Ben Franklin Steam Printing House, 1855. [Call # BV/4501/.S45/1855]

    President; Robert Hamilton Bishop; Biographical and Genealogical Materials; 1855-1995; Box 3 [13A-A-1C] Contents:

    1. [Thornton A. Mills.] "Life, Character, and Services of the Late Rev. Robert H. Bishop, D.D." Presbyterian Quarterly Review (December 1855): 414-34. [Reprinted in 1889 as The Life and Services of Rev. R. H. Bishop along with autobiographical supplement written by Bishop]

    2. "Biographical Sketch of Dr. R. H. Bishop, First President of Miami University." Miami Student (November 24, 1869)

    3. "History of the Second Presbyterian Church, 1820-23," Second Presbyterian Monthly, v.1, n.4 (February 1887) [Contains brief account of Bishop's life]

    4. Account of Dr. Bishop preaching at Oxford Presbyterian Church (1888)[news clip]

    5. W. W. Brown to Miss Anna Bishop with reminiscences of Dr. Bishop (March 1, 1904)

    6. Letter from Julia to Robert Bishop containing information on the life of Robert H. Bishop (January 19, 1920)

    7. Biographical sketch of R. H. Bishop by Miss Mary L. Spining (February 8, 1934)

    8. James H, Rodabaugh. Robert Hamilton Bishop. Ohio Historical Collections, v.4. Columbus: Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1935.[Call # Archives/F/486/.O526/v.4. With bibliography of materials used by Rodabaugh]

    9. Family History of John Bishop of Whitburn, Scotland, Robert Hamilton Bishop of Oxford, Ohio, Ebenezer Bishop of McDonough County, Illinois, John Scott of Ireland. Compiled by Stanley R. Scott and Robert H. Montgomery. Ann Arbor, Mich.: Edwards Brothers, 1951.

    10. "Ancestry of Anne Ireland, Wife of Robert Hamilton Bishop." [Typescript from R. H. Montgomery (1955)]

    11. Copy of excerpt from Bert Gamble. Whitburn: Burgh with a History (1995) [Received from Phil Shriver, 11/20/1995- -Contains information on and photo of Bishop's birthplace, and brief biography of Bishop]

    12. James H, Rodabaugh. "Robert Hamilton Bishop, Pioneer Educator." [From Ohio Archaeological and Historical Quarterly]

    13. Account by John S. Reid of Bishop's kindness toward a Miami graduate (n.d.)

    14. Account of the lives of Robert H. Bishop and R. H. Bishop, Jr. [News Clips-"Fireside Musings", nos. 24-25, n.d.]

    14a. "Robert Hamilton Bishop, July, 26, 1977-April 29, 1855" Anonymous typescript/holograph manuscript found among Harvey Minnich materials in the McGuffey Museum. Death and Memorials, 1855-1960

    15. Sermon delivered by Dr. Allen at Bishop's funeral (1855)

    16. Resolutions of regret at Bishop's death (1855) [Miami University Students; Burritt Literary and Philomanthean Societies, Farmers College]

    17. Resolutions of Committee appointed to consider a memorial to Bishop (1855)

    18. Last will of Robert H. Bishop/ Obituary (April 20, 1855)[printed copy]

    19. J. W. Scott to Rev. Mills re. Bishop's death (May 31, 1855)

    20. L.[?] Cary to Rev. Mills re. Bishop's death (June 9, 1855)

    21. T. E. Thomas to Major Millikin re. removal of Bishop's body (September 29, 1867)

    22. R. H. Bishop, Jr., to C. W. Kreger re. bronzing of the Bishop Bust (June 15, 1953)

    23. Programs and other materials relating to the dedication of the Bishop Memorial Gates on June 4 1960 [Related materials include: Printed excerpts from Bishop's address to 1840 graduates; Read Bain, "The Social Philosophy of Robert Hamilton Bishop" {carbon copy of typescript}; Bishop's report to the Legislature (January 1, 1837) {typescript}] Miscellany, 1805-1995, and undated

    24. Testimonial from Jn. M. Mason certifying Bishop as a graduate of high standing at Selkirk Divinity Hall (February 19, 1805)

    25. "To the Moderator and other members of the Associate Reformed Presbytery of Kentucky to meet at Cynthiana the 3rd Monday of August 1805" [Re. Bishop's ordination and a Church Trial related to the Ebenezer Congregation, and New Providence; mentions Rev. Rankin]

    26. Memoranda on the trial conducted by Presbytery in connection with R. H. Bishop's ministry at Ebenezer Church. Rankin and Steele mentioned as opponents (1814)

    27. "Memoranda" re. affairs in Oxford Presbyterian Church (184-?)[portions illegible]

    28. Bishop's proposal re. plan for reorganization of Presbyterian Church, Ohio (184-?)

    29. Copies of papers presented as the basis of a proposed union between the First and Second Pres. Churches in Oxford, offered by the First and Second Churches (February 22, 1842)

    30. Unsigned appeal to county court over land dispute (October 1844)

    31. Memorial requesting Bishop's reinstatement as Miami University President (October 1844)

    32. Rolls of students in Miami University [Bishop's Class Book](1846-47)

    32a. "The Bishop Bust,"Miami Student (April 1908): 3-7.

    33. List of furniture brought by the Bishops to Oxford. Compiled by Helen M. Bishop (October 1930)

    34. Correspondence re. Robert H. Bishop's middle name (1948-49)

    35. Copy of title page of The Kentucky Preceptor (1812), a work purportedly written by Bishop, which contained maxims studied by the young Lincoln, printed in the Kansas City Star (July 10, 1952)

    36. One Step Further Group, Whitburn Community Centre. Oor Toun; Aspects of Whitburn in the 1930s and 1980s. [n.p., 198-?]

    37. Fragment of description of Miami in 1824 by former student, with fragment of cover letter (n.d.)

    38. List of materials belonging to or related to Bishop (n.d.)

    39. Tuition loans/grants by Bishop and others (n.d.)

    40."To the President of the American board of commissioners for foreign[?] missions" [Memorandum critical of slavery](n.d.)

    41. Outline of a paper on slavery to be taken up by the Hamilton Presbytery (n.d.)

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Handwriting in some materials is virtually illegible Materials do not circulate and are made available to users in the Miami University Archives.

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    Researchers are requested to cite the Miami University Archives, Oxford, Ohio in all footnote and bibliographical references.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Acquired from various sources.

  • Preferred Citation

    The Robert Hamilton Bishop Collection, Miami University Archives, Oxford, Ohio.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Robert Hamilton Bishop was born on July 26, 1777 in the parish of Whitburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland. Bishop studied at the University of Edinburgh and received a Doctor of Divinity Degree in 1798. Upon graduation he studied theology at the Divinity Hall in Selkirk, Scotland and was licensed to preach by the Associate Burgher Presbytery of Perth in 1802. On August 25, 1802 he married Ann Ireland at Buckhaven. In September, of that year they traveled to America with Dr. John M. Mason of New York, commissioner of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Synod of North America.

    From 1803 to 1814 Bishop served as a pastor of Associated Reformed Presbyterian Churches in Ebenezer and New Providence, Kentucky. In 1803, he was also offered a professorship at Transylvania University in Lexington, and remained on the faculty until 1824. In 1819, he joined the Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of McCord Church in Lexington, Kentucky. From 1820 to 1823. Reverend Bishop was a supply preacher at the second Presbyterian Church of Lexington and also served as a minister in Versailles, Kentucky.

    In 1824, Bishop accepted an offer to become the President and Professor of Logic, Moral Philosophy and History at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. A year after his arrival in 1825 he reorganized and became pastor of the Oxford Presbyterian Church a position in which he served from 1824-1841.

    As Miami president, Bishop tried to treat students as young adults. He encouraged a degree of student self-government and the formation of literary societies in which students developed both fellowship and rhetorical skills as they debated social and political issues of the day. Although not an abolitionist, Bishop allied with the opponents of the expansion of slavery. He was also part of that circle of ministers which attempted to end the division between Old School and New School Presbyterians.

    Bishop's relatively liberal views on student discipline, slavery, and theological issues brought him into conflict with more conservative faculty members, including William H. McGuffey, and Miami trustees. In 1841, citing allegedly lax student discipline, the Board removed Bishop from the presidency and replaced him with the staunch Old Schooler George Junkin. Bishop remained at Miami as Professor of History and Political Science until his termination in autumn 1844. In 1845, he became President of Farmer's College in North College Hill, Ohio where he remained until his death on April 29, 1855.

  • Related Materials

    http://archives.lib.muohio.edu/

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of materials relating to Bishop's ancestry, educational career and pastoral activities. These include correspondence, class books, lectures, sermon notes, reports, transcripts, books and other printed material mainly related to Bishop's tenure at Transylvania University, his service as Miami University president, Presbyterian theological controversies, and church reorganization. Also included are printed copies of Bishop's inaugural addresses and addresses to Miami graduates; letters and an article on the anti-slavery movement and female education; and Bishop family genealogical materials.

  • Processing Information

    Collection was processed by Bob Schmidt, Archivist, Miami University Archives

  • Physical Location

    Miami University Archives, King Library, 3rd Floor, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

  • Biographical / Historical

    Robert Hamilton Bishop Birth Death 1777 - 1855

    Term 1824-1841

    A.B. Univ. of Edinburgh, 1798, D. D. Studied theology with Prof. Lawson at Selkirk, Scotland, 1798-1802. Sailed with Dr. J. M. Mason to America, Sept., 1802. Pastor of Associate Ref'd. Presb. churches at Ebenezer and New Providence, Ky., 1803-14. Prof. in Transylvania Univ., Lexington, Ky., 1803-24. Editor of "Evangelical Record and Western Review," 1811-13. Joined the Presb. church, October 1819. Pastor of McCord church, Lexington, Ky., 1819-23. President and Prof. Logic and Moral Philosophy and History in Miami Univ., 1824-41. Inaugurated March 30, 1825. Continued as Prof. of History and Political Science in Miami, 1841-45. President Farmer's Coll., 1845-55. Re-organized Presb. church in Oxford and Pastor, 1825-31. Author of "A Volume of Sermons," 1808; "Memoirs of David Rice"; or "An Outline of the History of the Christian Church in the State of Kentucky," 1824; "Elements of Logic," 1833; "Sketches of the Philosophy of the Bible," 1833; "Elements of the Science of Government," 1839; "The Western Peacemaker," 1839 and numerous special sermons and addresses. Father of Rev. George B., '28, Prof. Robert H., Jr. '31, Prof. Ebenezer E., '33, and Rev. John M., '41. Born in the parish of Whittburn, Linlithgowshire, Scotland, July 26, 1777. Died. April 29th 1855. Vide, Scouller's Manual, page 228. [Miami University Alumni Directory, Centennial Edition, p. xix]

    Bibliography: "Recollections and Reflections of Robert H. Bishop: January 1845"[typescript] [1HST - Box 1 - 7-A-1B]

    James A. Rodebaugh. Robert Hamilton Bishop. Ohio Historical Collections/Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, v.4. Columbus, O.: Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 1935 [KING LIBRARY - F486 .O526 v.4]

    Thornton A. Mills. The Life and Services of Rev. R.H. Bishop, D.D. [n.p.][4Bi - Box 1 - 8-L-5A]

    "Robert Hamilton Bishop and His Colleagues" [Anonymous Typescript][1HST - Box 1 - 7-A-1B]

    Joseph Glass Monfort, "President Bishop." In The Diamond Anniversary Volume. Edited by Walter Lawrence Tobey and William Oxley Thompson. Hamilton, O.: Republican Publishing Company, [1899], pp. 86-90 [ARCHIVES REF]

    "Biographical Sketch of Dr. R.H. Bishop, First President of Miami University." Miami Student (November 24, 1869)[4 Bi - Box 1 - 8-L-5A]

    "Rev. David McDill on Robert H. Bishop" [holograph sheet][1HST - Box 1 - 7-A-1B]

    "The Bishop Administration," in Historical Addresses Delivered by the Alumni In Connection with the Centennial Commencement Exercises of Miami University, June 12-17, 1909. Miami Bulletin, ser.8, n.3 (September 1909): 10-14 [6BUL - Box 2 - 3-B-5A]

  • General

    Robert Hamilton Bishop Collection, 1762-1995 (bulk 1824-41).

    Organized into the following series: I. Diary and Memoirs, 1804-55; II. Addresses, 1820-46, and undated; III. Reports to the Miami Board of Trustees, 1824-45; IV. Bishop's Removal from Miami, 1845-97, and undated; Lectures and classroom notes, 1797-1823 and undated; IV. Lectures and Classroom Notes, 1797-1851, and undated; V. Transylvania University, 1807-26, and undated; VI. General Correspondence, 1803-55, and undated; VII. Correspondence with Thomas E. Thomas, 1836-49; VIII. Materials Relating to Farmer's College, 1845-1923, and undated; IX. Sermons, 1809-55, and undated; X. Publications, 1830-39; XI. Biographical and Geneological Materials, 1855-1995, and undated; XII. Death and Memorials, 1855-1960; XIII. Miscellany, 1805-1995, and undated. Arranged chronologically within each series. Correspondence, class book, lecture notes, reports, transcripts, and printed material mainly related to Bishop's tenure at Transylvania University, his service as Miami University President, Presbyterian theological controversies, and Church reorganization. Also included are printed copies of Bishop's inaugural addresses and addresses to Miami graduates, 1829-34, and letters and an article on the anti-slavery movement and female education. Correspondence with Thomas partly photocopies from published Thomas correspondence. Transylvania University material consists of typed transcripts of materials from Transylvania University Library, Lexington, Ky. Acquired from various sources. Finding aid in repository; folder level control. Cite as: Robert Hamilton Bishop Collection, Miami University Archives, Oxford, Ohio.

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