Abner Jackson Journal

September 25, 2006

Thanks to Michael Tinkler, Assistant Professor of Art, and a grant from the Provost we now have

from the private journals of
President of Hobart College from 1858 to 1867.


compiled by his daughter,
Mrs. Philip Norborne Nicholas.

available as a PDF online.

Michael discovered this journal while doing research on St. John’s Chapel. He then got a grant from the Provost to have it reproduced as a computer document. How here it is!

Michael also came up with the idea of doing a Jackson Journal Blog, where we could post one entry as at a time, making it fun and easy to read the whole thing and get a feel for live at Hobart College in the mid-nineteenth century. We hope to have a campus blog set up and persue this as a joint venture.


3 Responses to “Abner Jackson Journal”

  1. D.Moore Says:

    This journal is amazing. Let me know when you and michael start on this project. I’d love to publicize.

  2. melissa sue Says:

    so neat, linda! the document is really interesting. i emailed it to myself, and i am going to read it over the next few days at home. 🙂

  3. Your blog indicates that you have the journal of Abner Jackson. I would like to confirm that the “Dr. Jackson” mentioned in my ancestor’s diary on August 16, 1859 is Abner Jackson. My ancestor was Ralph Goodrich, an 1858 graduate of Hobart. George Worthington, also of Owego, NY and mentioned in the following diary entry, was a student at Hobart at the time, I believe. If Abner Jackson mentions anything in his journal about his visit to Owego on this date, or this particular evening at the Worthington home, I would like to know the contents of his diary entry. I enclose Ralph’s diary entry below:

    August 16, 1859
    We had another of those delightful halcyon days, but I do not feel able to enjoy any natural beauty. I was sick. Went to the [law] office but did not do much at law. A circus [arrived] in Owego today which attracted many loafers & vagabonds. George Worthington came to the [law] office & said that Dr. Jackson had come to town & wished to see me in the evening. [Nathaniel] Davis and [Willoughby] Babcock are two pretty good characters to study. Davis’s look of blank astonishment when anything happens which surprises him is sometimes laughable. Babcock’s short & quick, “Stop! I shan’t have it” – considering the man – is not as forcible as the words would show. In the evening, I went to Worthington’s [and] saw Dr. Jackson. He is a scholar & a gentleman. He converses fluently & gracefully. He handles an abstruse subject well. He searches to the core. George Worthington is always agreeable. Mrs. [Lydia O.] Worthington is a matronly lady of good sense. This evening is the first time that I ever saw [James] Rankine smoke.

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