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Manuscript Diary of George W. Finley, Romney, WV, covering years 1884-1885., FINLEY, GEORGE W.
1 FINLEY, GEORGE W. Manuscript Diary of George W. Finley, Romney, WV, covering years 1884-1885.
Diary 1884-85, of George W. Finley--Went over the Wall beside Armistead at Gettysburg, then as POW, one of the 'Immortal 600;" Presbyterian minister in Romney, WV 1884-85 Leather The journal is bound in black morocco leather with a fold-around flap to protect pages when carried in a pocket. Small gilt oval on flap that reads "Standard Diary No. 159. Small metal piece on back cover that reads "Patented June 29, 73." Leather at bottom of spine and bottom of edges is starting to fray or tatter, leather split along bottom 5cm of rear hinge, rubbed at all edges, pencil notes on endpapers, pages are lightly tanned but in good condition. 6 x 15.5cm. Romney, WV 
FINLEY, GEORGE W. Manuscript Diary of George W. Finley, Romney, WV, covering years 1884-1885. 6 x 15.5cm.

George Williamson Finley (1838-1909) First Lieutenant, 56th Virginia Infantry, one of the few men who crossed the stone wall beside Gen Lewis Armistead at Gettysburg during Pickett's charge. Finley was beside Armistead as the general lost consciousness on the battlefield. He was taken prisoner, spending the next two years in Unions prisons including at Hilton Head were he became one of the Confederate "Immortal 600." Finley was born Dec. 1, 1838 in Yanceyville, NC. but was raised in Clarksville, VA. He entered Hampden-Sydney College but graduated from Washington College (now Washington & Lee) in 1856. Finley enrolled as a captain in the Confederate Army on May 12, 1861. While he was a prisoner, he decided to become a minister and entered Union Theological Seminary in 1866. He served as pastor in Romney, WV from 1870-1892; then was appointed evangelist for the Abingdon, Virginia Presbytery; and then pastor of the Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, Fishersville, VA 1903-1909.

The journal consists of lined pages with one page for every day of the year. Finley used the same journal for both 1884 and 1885. The same date as 1884 has the correct day of the week penned in along with "85" at the head of the entry. Pagination of the journal: (32) printed pages including color title & typical almanac material, (366) lined pages for each day, (3) lined memoranda pages, (39) ledger accounting pages. The contents are brief summary of what he did most days, from riding to a parishoner's house to baptize their infant or perform a marriage to "Bred our cow to Bob Fisher's Jersey" or "went fishing quite successful," and "At home--in garden Planted potatoes." It references a revival/special meetings in his church in Jan/Feb. of 1884: "All agree that this meeting must go on prayer meeting to preaching. For several nights I have invited after preaching, all who desired God's blessing in themselves or others to come into the Lecture room. Almost the whole congregation comes--a Solemn Service." Feb. 3 "Closed meeting a very solemn service. Praise to God for His wonderful mercy--Oh to be more faithful. In one way or another about 30 persons express some interest in Salvation, 10 or 12 indulge hope. On May 4, 1884 he mentions his 25th wedding anniversary: "Cumberland, Md.... This is the 25th Anniversary of My Marriage. How great the Lord has been to spare my dear wife to me so long." He and his wife had 14 children of which 9 survived his death. He mentions them Sept 4, 1885 "John & Willie started to Mossy Creek, Jno. to teach & Willie to go to school. God bless the dear boys..." Ledger pages at the end are filled in with financial records for his church.

Entries also include references to his past in the Confederate army: May 29, 1885 "Moorefield before 3pm Address to Ladies Memorial Association to aid them in purchasing Headstone for the Confederate Dead buried in the Cemetery at M." or Aug. 13 1884 "Reunion of Ex. Confederates at Pancakes Sulpher Spring. Large attendance--pleasant day..." June 6, 1885 "Came home to attend the Exercises of Memorial Day. The largest crowd I ever saw in Romney... 12 or 1500 people..."

He traveled a good bit on the newly built railroads in his area: Aug. 20, 1884 "Started with Willie for Thomas on W.Va. Central & Pittsburgh R.R...." Aug. 22, 1884 "Walked with Willie over to the mouth of Beaver Creek on Blackwater--the proposed site of Davis the present terminus W.Va.C. & P. R.R. Boarded at Robt. Eastham's the only home except a few laborer's huts. Aug 24, 1884 "At Easthams to preach forbidden by the Dr. because my throat. How I long to quicken those RailRoad hands & preach to them. No Sabbath for these poor people in the wilderness." Then on Sept 1, 1884 "Cora, Jno. & Lul Eggleston left 1st train over So. Branch Railway..." On that date the South Branch Railroad Company complete its first section from its connection with the B&O RR at Green Spring, WV to Romney WV. Finley also made many trips to Richmond Va. where he was on the Board of Trustees of Hampden-Sidney College "H.S. College."

Sold with the journal: Finley's 1889 pass for travel on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, boldy signed by him on the verso, "Order for Clerical Ticket. This Order is good only when Officially Stamped for the purchase of tickets to and from Stations on Main Line and Branches East of the Ohio River." Good+ condition.

The journal is bound in black morocco leather with a fold-around flap to protect pages when carried in a pocket. Small gilt oval on flap that reads "Standard Diary No. 159. Small metal piece on back cover that reads "Patented June 29, 73." Leather at bottom of spine and bottom of edges is starting to fray or tatter, leather split along bottom 5cm of rear hinge, rubbed at all edges, pencil notes on endpapers, pages are lightly tanned but in good condition.
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A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690., FOX, GEORGE
2 FOX, GEORGE A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690.
First Edition of Quaker, George Fox's Journal, London, 1694 1694 First Edition Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. London "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcot
FOX, GEORGE. A Journal or Historical Account of the Life, Travels, Sufferings, Christian Experiences and Labour of Love in the Work of the Ministry, of that Ancient, Eminent and Faithful Servant of Jesus Christ, George Fox; Who departed this Life in great Peace with the Lords, the 13th of the 11th Month, 1690. [6 lines scripture quotes] London, Printed for Thomas Northcott, in George-Yard, in Lombard-Street. MDCXCIV. [1694]. Folio, 20.5 x 32.2 x 7.9cm. $950.00

George Fox(1624-1691) founder of the Society of Friends. "Born in Leicestershire and apprenticed to a shoemaker, he apparently had no formal schooling. In 1643 he parted from family and friends and traveled in search of enlightenment. After long painful struggles he came in 1646 to rely on the `Inner Light of the Living Christ.' He forsook church attendance, dismissed contemporary religious controversies as trivial, and in 1647 began to preach that truth is to be found in God's voice speaking to the soul--hence, `Friends of Truth' later abbreviated to `Friends.' In 1649 he was jailed for interrupting a Nottingham church service with an impassioned appeal from the Scriptures to the Holy Spirit as the authority and guide. In 1650 at Derby he was imprisoned as a blasphemer, and there a judge nicknamed the `Quakers,' after Fox had exhorted the magistrates to 'tremble at the word of the Lord.' ...Fox spent six years in different prisons, sometimes under terrible conditions. He campaigned against the latter and against other social evils... His famous journal was published posthumously in 1694."--Douglas: The New Int'l Dict. of the Christian Church, pp.383-384. We offer the 1694 First Edition of his Journal, indispensable for the study of his life and the early days of the Quakers.

Provenance, the following two inscriptions written on leaf A1 and bottom of p.632. 3rd inscription on leaf A1 only. Leaf A1 of Penn's Preface has the following in old pen: "Matthew [E]stes Book Bou[ght] of Thomas Northcott & George Yard, Lombard Street, London the 9th of 3rd Month 169[5] 24,-6 SIH." "Samuel Pope his Book Bougt of Hannah Estes of Salem(?) the 7th of ye 1c 1727/8 Cost 14." "Descended Aln____ [missing words] [Po]pe y. 3 in a tight Line unto 1763."

This is the true First Edition with the original printing of pages 309 and 441 to which corrections were made and substituted in many copies. See Joseph Smith: A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends' Books, Vol. I, p.691.

Bound full leather, sometime early on rebacked with a piece of leather pasted over spine--this eventually failed and sometime more recently rebacked in the same style in lighter leather and with the earlier rebacked spine strip laid over, leather on original boards worn through at all edges, heavily chipped, cracked & flaking, corners rounded down considerably as are the page edge corners, a strip of old cloth strengthens the inside hinges, lacks free endpapers and flyleaves, light to heavy foxing, damp stains scattered throughout. LACKING title but a facsimile sometime supplied on old paper, the next five leaves A-B2 & C1, have smaller outside margins--i.e. they are either from another copy or have had tattered edges trimmed off. They do have a similar water mark to the following pages. Leaf A1 encapsulated but lacking two large pieces including some text, the next 2 leaves lacking marginal pieces and repaired, top third of a4 torn away, Zzz4 lacking corner & some text, numerous other leaves with tears and repairs. LACKING last two leaves or 4 pages of index--index ends in the O's. The last 8 leaves are smaller--same size as the first six leaves.

Collation: title, A-M2, A2-4, a4, b2, B-Oo4, Pp2, Aaa-Eeee4, Ffff6, Aaaaa-Bbbbbb4, Cccccc-Ffffff2,--lacking gathering Gggggg1-2 at the end. Pagination: (1) title, (1) blank, (48) Wm Penn's Preface, i-xviii Testimony of Margaret Fox & friends, 1-284pp, next 8 pages are numbered as leaves(i.e. number on recto only) leaves 281-284, then pages 285-287, 188-423 (page numbers 424-427 not used), 428-632pp, (4) place index, (6) names of friends(index), (4) subject matters & things (index)--but lacking 4 more pages of this index. Pp. 204-205 misnumbered 104-105; p.399 misnumbered 309. Online ESTC Citation No.R3344. Wing F1854.
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