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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"I Copy from my Journal"

– 1849 –

"Sunday Aug 5th Mokelumne River

" This Evening we had religious "services by Rev J. A. Benton, text "from Romans 14:-12 – The services "closed by the members of the E. E. [Edward Everett] "Company singing the following Hymn "Composed by out dear paster – "Rev J. A. Benton for this our "farewell meeting –?

1 Here Lord, we meet a pilgrim band Once more to bless thy fostering hand O'er seas and dangers safely come, To scenes afar from native home.

2 Thy glory, Lord, Ocean's roar. We oft have seen; and on the Shore Thy handiwork, thy power, thy might By Sunny day by Starry Night

3. And hither thus we all have strayed, Together here our vows have paid, In rocky dell, by brawling Stream, At dawn of day? Neath moon lit beam.

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4 But, now we meet not as before; We meet and part, to meet no more An Allied band; for time and Care Have changed us here as Every Where.

5. Above, as forth our flag we fling, Receive us, Lord, beneath thy wing; From Sickness guard, from peril save? From Evil keep and from the Grave.

6. Oh, may thy love our Spirits fill? And brighten all our pathway still And be thou with us to the End A Father, Saviour, Lover, Friend – ? –

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The, following Hymn, was composed by Rev. J. A. Benton, and Sung by the members. of the Edward Everett Company, at Camp on the Banks of the Mokelumne. river Sunday Evenig. [Evening] Aug. 5th 1849.

Here Lord, we meet, a pilgrim band. Once more to bless thy fostering hand. O'er seas and dangers safely come To scenes afar from native home.

Thy glory, Lord, becomes war mid Ocean's roar. We oft have Seen?; and on the shore, Thy handiwork, thy power, thy might, By Sunny day, by Starry night.

And hither thus we all have strayed, Together here our vows have paid, In rocky dell – by brawling Stream. At dawn of day ?neath by moon lit beam.

But now we meet, not as before?; We meet and part, to meet no more On Allie'd band; for time and care Have changed us here, as Every wWhere.

Above as forth our flag we fling, Receive us Lord beneath thy wing?; From Sickness guard, from peril save?, From Evil keep, and from the Grave –

over.

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Oh may thy love our Spirits fill, And brighten all our pathway Still, And be thou with us to the End A Father, Saviour Lover, Friend ? –!

(The Text was from Romans. 14-12 Verse).

This was the last meeting ever held by the Edward Everett Company, of 12, on Saturday Evening – Aug 4th 1849, the Company held a meeting at Camp on the banks of the Mokelumne river [River] by a Vote of 87 to 2 – dissolved, and nearly all left. Monday Morning Aug 6th /49 [1849] for Sacramento. I think this was the only Experience Dr. Benton had in mining or in a Miners Camp.

Sincerely Yours, A. J. Bayley

Pilot Hill Cal. [California] Jany [January] 31st 1893.

[written vertically in left margin] Boston and California Mining & Trading Co.

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