Jonathan Going Papers, 1805-1841  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Going, Jonathan
Jonathan Going Papers
1805-1841 (inclusive)
1 box, (1.5 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 586
Correspondence, sermons, circulars and notes, chiefly relevant to religious subjects.
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jonathan Going (Mar. 7, 1786- Nov. 9, 1844), Baptist clergyman, missionary secretary, and educator, was born in Reading, Windsor County, Vt. He was educated at the academy in New Salem and attended college at Brown University from 1805 to 1809. Going was converted to the Baptist faith his freshman year. Following his graduation from Brown, he stayed on to study theology under University President Messer and then returned home to convert his family. He and his three brothers entered the Baptist ministry. At his ordination in May of 1811, Jonathan Going became the first college educated Baptist minister in Vermont. Going married Lucy Thorndike in September of 1811 and thereafter served four years as pastor in Cavandish. He and his family then moved to Worcester where he served as pastor for sixteen years. During this tenure, Going helped establish the Worcester Academy and the Newton Theological Institution and was trustee at both Brown University and Amherst College. He also organized the Massachusetts Baptist State Convention and founded the American Baptist Home Mission Society with Rev. John M. Peck in 1831. In 1837 Going was offered the presidency of two colleges, the Literary and Theological Institute at Granville, Ohio and the Shuntlief College at Alton, Illinois. These offers constituted a staunch testimony to the high regard in which Going was held by those committed to religious education. He had a reputation as an excellent organizer and fundraiser, skills that served him well in the seven years he served as president of the college at Granville.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 586, Guide to the Jonathan Going Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1. Jonathan Going Notes, 1805-1825Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 1

Series 2. Jonathan Going Sermons: Isaiah 58:12 and A Lecture on Prayer, 1809, undated Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 1 / 2

Series 3. Circulars, 1837Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 3
Circular of the Ohio Baptist Educational Society
1 / 4
Circular of the Granville Lit. and Theo. Institution

Series 4. Correspondence, 1807-1841Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 5
Letter to Parents
January 24, 1807
1 / 6
Letter from J. Going to wife Lucy
May 14, 1814
1 / 7
Letter from. B. Everett Pattison
Feb.3, 1828
1 / 8
Letter from J. Going to Lucy Going
May 14, 1834
1 / 9
Letter from John C. Murphy, N.Y.
Nov.13, 1835
1 / 10
Letter from Prof. Carter, Ohio
Aug. 10, 1837
1 / 11
Letter from Rev. R. Cressy, Ohio
Aug. 18, 1837
1 / 12
Letter from Lewis Colby
Sept. 14, 1837
1 / 13
Letter from J.M. Peck, Ill.
Sept. 22, 1837
1 / 14
Letter from Prof. Carter, Ohio
Sept. 25, 1837
1 / 15
Letter from J.B. Swaim
Sept. 25, 1837
1 / 16
Letter from John Pratt, Ohio
Sept. 25, 1837
1 / 17
Letter to Stephen Griggs, Alton, Ill., declines Shuntlief
Sept. 30, 1837
1 / 18
Letter from J.B Swaim, Granville
Oct. 19, 1837
1 / 19
Letter from N.W. Kennan, Indianapolis
Oct. 19, 1837
1 / 20
Letter from James R. Geanga (?)
Feb. 23, 1838
1 / 21
Letter from J. Going to daughter, Josephine
Sept. 12, 1838
1 / 22
Letter to Rev. Timothy R. Cressy, Ohio, Aug. 8, 1838
Aug. 8, 1838
1 / 23
Letter from John Pratt to Mr. Wilson in N.Y., introduces J. Going to Mr. Wilson
Aug. 17, 1841

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Sermons, American--19th century--Archives
  • Personal Names :
  • Colby, Lewis--Correspondence
  • Kennan, N.W.--Correspondence
  • Carter, Paschal--Correspondence
  • Crofsey, Timothy R.--Correspondence
  • Going, Jonathan, 1786-1844 --Archives (creator)
  • Peck, John Mason, 1789-1858--Correspondence
  • Pratt, John, 1800-1882--Correspondence
  • Swaim, J.B.--Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Granville Literary and Theological Institution--History --Archives
  • Granville College--History--Archives
  • Ohio Baptist Education Society--History -- Archives
  • Occupations :
  • Missionaries--Ohio -- 19th century--Archives