Joseph A. Benton Collection

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Joseph A. Benton came to California in 1849, during the gold rush. He first settled in Sacramento, where he founded the First Congregation Church in 1851. He was a pastor for many years as well as a professor of Biblical literature at Pacific Theological Seminary. This collection consists of correspondences and sermons dating from 1848 to 1893. Please note that historical materials in the Gold Rush Collections may include viewpoints and values that are not consistent with the values of the California State Library or the State of California and may be considered offensive. Materials must be viewed in the context of the relevant time period but views are in no way endorsed by the State Library. The California State Library’s mission is to provide credible information services to all Californians and, as such, the content of historical materials should be transcribed as it appears in the original document.

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Joseph Augustine Benton

Report of Cons. [Construction] on Memorials. I.

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serene, trustful, hopeful, into the presence of Jesus, the crown of his hope, of whom he loved to sing: –

"I shall meet him whom absent I loved; I shall see him whom unseen I adored!"

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Joseph Augustine Benton Report of Com. [Committee] on Memorials. F.

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[Stationery: OFFICE OF [centered] A. J. BAYLEY, [centered] Dealer in General Merchandise, [centered] (Bayley's Ranch.) [centered] Pilot Hill, El Dorado Co., Cal.] January 31st 1893,

Mrs J. A. Benton

My dear Madame.

Your letter of the 26th inst [instant] at hand. I take pleasure in sending you a Copy of the Hymn. Composed by your dear Husband Dr Benton as refered [referred] to in my letter to him. I think I was, the only one that had a Copy – I forgot to mention it to him when I last saw him at my Hotel Lake Tahoe.

Dr Benton officiated at our Marriage July 25th 1849 One

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of the first marriage in California and 'Thank God it has been a very happy one.

I thank you for the Kind offer to send me a 'Memorial Book, of Dr Bentons [Benton's] life,' I shoould be pleased to receive one with Kind request from my Wife & Self.

I am Yours Sincerely A. J. Bayley

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