Inaugural Address of President Wentworth, Delivered Before the Trustees and Visitors, Faculty and Students of M’Kendree College, Lebanon, St. Clair County, Illinois, at the Annual Commencement, on Wednesday, July 21, 1847 [presentation copy].


Address delivered by Rev. Erastus Wentworth (1813–1886), president of McKendree College, the oldest college in Illinois and the oldest Methodist-affiliated college in the United States. The college was founded in 1828 as Lebanon Seminary; in 1830 it was re-named in honor of Bishop William McKendree (1757–1835), the first American-born Methodist bishop, who donated 480 acres of land to the school.

This copy with an 1850 presentation inscription by Erastus Wentworth, the year he joined the faculty of natural philosophy and chemistry at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. Wentworth subsequently became a missionary in Foochow, China and was editor of the Methodist monthly The Ladies’ Repository.


Description: Inaugural Address of President Wentworth, Delivered Before the Trustees and Visitors, Faculty and Students of M’Kendree College, Lebanon, St. Clair County, Illinois, at the Annual Commencement, on Wednesday, July 21, 1847 [presentation copy].

St. Louis, Mo.: Printed by Chambers & Knapp, 1847. 19, [1 (blank)]pp. Pamphlet. 8½ x 5½ inches. Removed; without wrappers. Presentation inscription on title page: “U. P.[?] Library from the Author 1850”. Trimmed at top and bottom edges, just touching inscription; Very Good.

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Price: $45.00

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