January 21, 1849 (Sunday)

Went to St. Philip’s church this forenoon, Dr. Neville’s, the first time I’ve heard him since his return from Europe.

Heard Dr. Stevens of St. Andrew’s in the afternoon, and Mr. Newton, of St. Paul’s  in the evening.  Was pleased with all three.

St. Philip’s Church, consecrated on October 1, 1841, was located on the north side of Vine Street, diagonally across from Franklin Square. The site is now part of the Vine Street Expressway.

The London-born Reverend Edmund Neville (ca. 1805–1871), D.D. was the first rector of St. Philip’s church, serving from 1842 until 1849.  Ordained in 1839, he was the rector at St. Thomas’ in Taunton, Massachusetts until 1842 and, after he left St. Philip’s, he became the rector at Christ Church in New Orleans. Subsequently, Dr. Neville became the fifth rector of St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue in New York before moving on to posts in Newark, New Jersey and Hamilton, Ontario. For sermons and other writings by Rev. Neville in the AAS collections, click here.

St. Andrew’s Church was described in the entry for January 7.

Reverend William Bacon Stevens (1815–1887), D.D., LL. D. was the rector of St. Andrew’s Church from August 1, 1848 – February 1, 1862 and was later Bishop of Pennsylvania. Dr. Stevens was a prolific writer.  To see a listing of his oeuvre held at the AAS, click here.

St. Paul’s Church, which had its first service on December 20, 1761, was the third Episcopal church built in Philadelphia.  At the time of its consecration, it was the largest building in the colony.  The building, located at 228 South 3rd Street,  still exists and is now the home of Episcopal Community Services.

Reverend Richard Newton (1813–1887), D.D. was the rector of St. Paul’s Church, an author and by 1863, an editor of Prophetic Times, a monthly Adventist journal. The AAS has many examples of Dr. Newton’s writings.  For a list, click here.

A Sermon, before the Bishop White Prayer Book Society

from the AAS collections, call number Misc Pams Stev

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13 Responses to January 21, 1849 (Sunday)

  1. Dan Allosso says:

    Interesting that he attended three in one day. Was this typical, unremarkable behavior for a young man in 1849, I wonder?

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    • The Iron Clerk says:

      I don’t know if it was typical for all young men in 1849, but it was not uncommon for Nathan Beekley to attend three services on a Sunday. While I am sure Nathan was interested in the spiritual guidance and the intellectual stimulation, attending church was also part of his considerable social life. Brian Luskey might have more to say about this topic in his book On the Make at least with respect to mid-19th century clerks in the big US cities. — Maury

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