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Territorial Library: Theology, Ecclesiastical History and Law

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 16, 2008

An earlier post discussed the efforts of John M. Bernhisel to assemble a library for the Territory of Utah in the winter of 1850-51. Readers expressed an interest in knowing which books were available to the Saints through that library. Here follows the first section of the catalog, 1852: works on theology, and ecclesiastical history and law. The headings to other sections appear at the end of this list; as those sections are posted, I’ll add links so that you can move around the entire catalog.

The original catalog uses columnar format for publication place and date, which I cannot reproduce here, and lists items alphabetically by title keyword, not by author or first word in title. I have rearranged the material into a standard bibliographic format and rearranged the entries to be alphabetic within that format. Sorry, purists, but I thought this would work better for discussion purposes.

Any surprises here? Which sections would you like to see posted next?

Catalogue of the Utah Territorial Library.

October, 1852.

Great Salt Lake City, Brigham H. Young, Printer, 1852.

Owing to circumstances over which I had no control, the names of the donors of many of the Books, Maps, &c., do not appear on the Catalogue. I have sent to the Hon. J.M. Bernhisel for a full list of such names, which will appear in the next Catalogue.

Most of the mounted Maps were presented by the Hon. George N. Briggs, of New York.

William C. Staines, Librarian.

Catalogue of Books, Maps, &c. Belonging to the Utah Territorial Library, October, 1852.

Theology, Ecclesiastical History and Law.

Abbott, J. Corner Stone. (Buffalo, 1850).

— . Way to do Good, or the Christian Character Mature. (Buffalo, 1850).

Aelfric. Homily, on the Birth Day of St. Gregory. (New York, 1849).

American Bible Society. Annual Report. (New York, 1850). 3 copies.

American Bible Society. Report. (New York, 1849). Presented by the Society.

American Tract Society. Reformation in Europe.

Annual Reports of the American Board for Foreign Missions. No.’s 29, 30, 31, 34, 41.

Annual Report of American Tract Society. (New York, 1850).

Apocryphal Testament. (1832).

Baird, R. History of the Ancient Christians. (Philadelphia, 1847).

Barclay’s Apology. (Philadelphia, 1848).

Barnes’ Notes on the Book of Job. 2 vols. 6th ed. (New York).

Barnes’ Notes on Isaiah. 2 vols. 3rd ed. (New York).

Barnes’ Notes on New Testament. 10 vols. (New York).

Baxter, R. Le Repos Eternal des Saints. (New York).

Bean, J. Christian Minister’s Advice to a Married Couple. (Boston, 1777).

Biblia Hebraica. 2d ed. (New York, 1849).

Brien, Edward O. Lawyer, His Character and Holy Life. (Philadelphia, 1843).

Brooks, J.W. History of the Hebrew Nation. 2 vols. (London, 1841).

Bunyan, John. Pilgrim’s Progress. (New York, 1850).

Calkins, F. Children of the Bible. (New York, 1850).

Chalmers, —. On the Power, Wisdom, and Goodness of God. (New York, 1849).

Cook, P. Divine Law of Beneficence. (New York.)

Cruden, A. Concordance to the Holy Scriptures. (New York, 1849).

D’Aubigne, –. Gerschecte der Reformation des 16 ten Jahrhunderts. 2 vols. (New York, 1850).

— . Historiae de la Reformacion. Tomo 1. (New York, 1850).

— . History of the 16th Century. Translated by H. White. 4 vols. (New York, 1849).

Deseret News Extra. (Great Salt Lake City, 1852).

DeWitt, — . Human Life. 2 vols. (Boston, 1842).

Edwards, J., Rev. Le Manuel du Sabbat. (New York).

— . Sabbath Manual. (New York).

Edwards, Jonathan. Religious Affection. (New York).

Edwards, Justin. Sontaggs Feier. (New York.)

Evans, Thomas. Faith of the Society of Friends. (Philadelphia, 1849).

Flavell, John. Treatise on Keeping the Heart. (New York).

Fowler, O.S. Natural and Revealed Religion. (New York, 1841). Presented by Fowler & Wells.

Franks, A.H. Lebens Regeln (New York).

Galaudet, [T].H. Bible Stories. (New York, 1850).

— . Youth’s Book of Natural Theology. (New York).

Gleig, G.R. History of the Bible. 2 vols. (New York, 1850).

Goodrich, S.G. Parley’s Farewell. (Philadelphia, 1841).

Hall, –. Scriptural History. (New York).

Harris, John. Mammon. (New York).

Harris, S. Zaccheus, or the Scriptural Plan of Benevolence. (New York).

Henry, Matthew. Discourse on Meekness. (New York.)

Hildreth, R. Letter to the Rev. Dr. Raffles. (Boston).

— . Letter to O.A. Brownson. (Boston, 1844)

History of the Huguenots. New ed. (Philadelphia, 1845).

Hooker, H. Child’s Book on the Sabbath. (New York, 1833).

Krummacher, F.W. Elias der Thisbiter. (New York.)

— .Elijah the Tishbite. (New York, 1850).

— . Evidence of Christianity. (New York.)

Maurette, –. Adieux a Rome. (New York).

Mills, Charles. History of the Crusades. (Philadelphia, 1844).

Milman, H.H. History of Christianity. (New York, 1844).

Missionary Herald. Vol. 26, 27, 30, 37; vol. 47, no. 1-6, 8-9; vol. 26, no. 10, 12. (Boston).

Missionary Tracts. No. 1 to 9, inclusive. (Boston, 1850).

Mohammed. Koran. New ed. (Philadelphia, 1850).

Mosheim, –. Ecclesiastical History. 3 vols. (New York.)

Murray, Lindley. Power of Religion on the Mind. 18th. ed. (New York, 1850).

Neal, Daniel. History of Puritans, or Protestant Noncomformists, the. 2 vols. (New York, 1848).

Nelson, –. On the Cause and Cure of Infidelity. (New York, 1841).

Newman, F. History of the Hebrew Monarchy. (London, 1849).

Obispo, Senor M.Y.. Cartas de Kirwan. (New York, 1848).

Paley, –. Natural Theology. 2 vols. (New York).

— . Natural Theology and Horae Pauline. (New York.)

Penn, William. No Cross, no Crown. (Philadelphia, 1845).

Pierce, B.K. Eminent Dead, or The Triumphs of Faith in the Dying Hour. (Boston, 1851).

Potter, A. Charge to the Clergy. (Philadelphia, 1849). Presented by the author.

— . Pastoral Letter. (Philadelphia, 1846). 4 copies. Presented by the author.

— . Second Charge. (New York, 1850). 2 copies. Presented by the author.

— . Sermon Before the Church Scholarship Society. (Boston, 1830). Presented by the author.

— . Sermon for Seamen. (Philadelphia, 1848). Presented by the author.

— . Thanksgiving Discourse. (Philadelphia, 1848). Presented by the author.

Primitif Catholicisme, Le.

Ranke, Leopold. History of the Popes: Their Church and State in 1600. vol. 1; vol. 2; vol 3. (Philadelphia, 1844).

Quinton, J.A. Heaven’s Antidote to the Curse of Labor. (New York, 1850).

Sears, B. Select Treatises of Martin Luther. (Andover, 1846).

Simmons, C. Manual to Find Scripture Proof Text. (Philadelphia, 1848).

Smith, W. Fast Sermon. (Columbia, 1850). Presented by Gov. Means.

Sunday Evening Conversations. 3 vols. (New York).

Swedenborg, Emanuel. Angelic Wisdom. (Boston, 1794). Presented by F.B. Murdock.

Taylor, Jeremy. Holy Living and Dying, with Prayers. (Philadelphia, 1847).

Thomas a Kempis. Imitation of Christ. 2 copies. (New York, 1847).

Thornwell, J.H. Sermon on the Death of John C. Calhoun. (Columbia, 1850). Presented by Gov. Means.

Thorpe, B. Anglo Saxon Version of [the] Gospel. 3rd ed. (London, 1851).

Turner, S. , Sacred History of the World. 3 vols. (New York).

Upham, Thomas. Biblical Archaeology. Jahn’s 5th ed. (1849).

Venn, –. Complete Duty of Man. (New York).

Wiseman, Dr. –. Twelve lectures on Science and Religion. 2nd ed. (London, 1842).

Law, Government, Political Economy, Statistics, &c.

Medicine, Surgery, Anatomy and Physiology.

Natural Philosophy.

Ethics, Logic, Rhetoric and Criticism.



Astronomy, Navigation, and Surveying.

Mechanics, Hydraulics, and Hydrostatics.

Chemistry, Meteorology, Electricity, &c.

Natural History.

Mineralogy and Geology.


Domestic Animals, and Veterinary.

Agriculture and Gardening.

Arts, Manufactures, and Domestic Economy.

Trade and Commerce.

Architecture, and Engineering.

Drawing, Painting, Engraving, Sculpture, and Music.

Encyclopaedias and General Dictionaries.

Memoirs, Transactions, and Publications of Literary, and Scientific Institutions.

American History.

European History.

Asiatic and African History.

General, and Literary History, and Chronology.

Geography and Topography.

Maps, Atlases, Globes and Busts.

Voyages and Travels.


Antiquities, Ethnology, Genealogy, Heraldry, Mythology, Numismatics.

Collective Authors, and Polite Literature.

Poetry and Drama.

Orations, Addresses, Eulogies, Speeches, Lectures, and Letters.

Dictionaries, Grammars, and Alphabets.

Novels, Tales, Games and Sports.

Periodicals and Newspapers.




  1. Natural philosophy would be my choice. Excellent stuff, keep it coming.

    Comment by BHodges — June 16, 2008 @ 8:17 am

  2. Interesting stuff.

    I wonder about this:

    Bean, J. Christian Minister’s Advice to a Married Couple. (Boston, 1777).

    and this:

    Nelson, –. On the Cause and Cure of Infidelity. (New York, 1841).

    Maybe the readers of the first would have no need for concern about the latter.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 16, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  3. I saw the heading of “Ecclesiastical History and Law” and for some reason thought it meant Religion and Law rather than what the heading actually means. So as I read down through the list I kept wondering where all the law books were. I’m actually very interested in all the topics.

    I found it interesting that the number one represented author was someone I’d never heard of, but then it says that his six contributions were presented to Bernhisel by the author. What he thought a “Sermon for Seamen” was going to do for the inhabitants of Utah is anyone’s guess.

    Here’s some info on this cleric.

    Alonzo Potter (1800-1865) was born to Quaker parents in the Hudson River Valley. He went to small, non-denominational Union College, then taught there as professor of math and natural philosophy. At some point he joined the Episcopal Church and in 1845 he became the Episcopal bishop of Pennsylvania after the former bishop was suspended for alcoholism. Potter was a temperance man and abolitionist and very interested in education and writing.

    He was the author of Part I of The School and the Schoolmaster (1842). Part II was written by George B Emerson. This book wouldn’t be among the books listed here since it is an education book rather than a religious book. It is available on google books and is a guide for establishing a public school including site plans and theories of education and hiring and training teachers. It looks from a bit of research to be an influential book in the establishment of public schools in the mid 19th century. It has been cited in litigation over various aspects of public schooling.

    Co-author George B Emerson was Ralph Waldo’s cousin and seems to be best known for establishing the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard. (Never heard of it but some Boston types may know it.)

    Potter also established Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, now part of the Temple University Health System.

    Potter died on a boat in San Francisco Harbor on July 4, 1865. His sons were (in order) a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a General in the Civil War, the Episcopal Bishop of New York (succeeding Alonzo’s brother Horatio Potter, who founded the Cathedral of St John the Divine), and two architects.

    So that’s who “Potter, A.” was.

    Comment by Researcher — June 16, 2008 @ 10:08 am

  4. Researcher, that is a wonderful bit of research and writeup. I hadn’t yet looked up Potter or anybody else (although I expect to do so eventually, in order to fill in some of the bibliographic gaps) — I just thought Potter was a generous soul to have donated copies of his own works. Who knew he would be so well connected?

    BHodges, as the first to vote, you win the lottery and natural philosophy will be up next.

    Mark B., ha! Proof there’s something human and interesting to be dug out of the most mundane.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 16, 2008 @ 11:03 am

  5. A fun look into intellectual/literary life in territorial Utah. Thanks, Ardis. On a related note, I’m working on an article for Mormon Historical Studies that will reprint the entire holdings of the Nauvoo Library and Literary Institute from 1844-45.

    Also, in case you’re interested, the History of the Huguenots you list with no author is probably the first American edition (1845) of W.S. Browning’s work.

    Comment by Christopher — June 16, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  6. Another observation is the breadth and limitations of the holdings.

    Ancient Christians
    Catholics and Saints
    the Reformation
    Martin Luther
    the Huguenots
    the Puritans
    Quakers (Friends)
    American Bible and Missionary Societies

    Then we see lots of contemporaneous American Christian publications that probably have not stood the test of time mixed in with several guides to the Bible.

    No Eastern religions.

    The book Cartas de Kirwan is so obscure that it only comes up two places on google: here and on a site at the University of Houston Arte Publico project for recovering lost Hispanic literature. That site notes that “kirwan” is a pseudonym for Nicholas Murray, whoever he was.

    Wow. Quite the project, Ardis.

    Comment by Researcher — June 16, 2008 @ 11:55 am

  7. Amazing what a little idle curiosity and Google can do on a late spring afternoon, right after Tiger Woods has already caused me to waste the better part of four hours.

    Nicholas Murray was a Presbyterian minister who wrote a series of letters (signed under the pseudonym Kirwan) to Bishop John Hughes of the Catholic Diocese of New York, in 1847, explaining how he had moved from being a little Irish Catholic boy to Presbyterianism. I guess that Cartas de Kirwan is a collection of those letters–translated into Spanish?

    There’s a great description of those letters in Rev. Murray’s obituary, which appeared in Harper’s Weekly, February 23, 1861.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 16, 2008 @ 3:32 pm

  8. At the dinner table tonight (it’s past 7:00 here) I was regaling the family with the historical recreation of the day (this post and the comments). I went over Ardis starting to post Bernhisel’s library, who he was, his budget, where he got the books, and some of the questions I looked into (comments 3 and 6) as well as people’s responses and follow-up.

    At some point in the conversation I said, “And who is A. Potter?”

    “Albus Severus Potter,” replied my 12 year old without missing a beat.

    Comment by Researcher — June 16, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  9. I’ll add bracketed information to the catalog to reflect the finds that Researcher and Christopher and Mark B. have contributed — I love the collaborative nature of this!

    Researcher, I had to Google Albus Severus Potter. (I’m afraid my cultural references are pre-1980.) Once I understood the reference, I laughed.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 16, 2008 @ 6:10 pm

  10. This is great! I look forward to the rest of the bibliography.

    Comment by Edje — June 16, 2008 @ 6:33 pm

  11. Natural Philosophy or Natural History

    Researcher beat me to it in #8. I had that thought immediately. With 6 kids, it’s hard not to jump to that conclusion.

    Comment by Ray — June 16, 2008 @ 8:38 pm

  12. Alonzo Potter, A Sermon Before the Churchmen’s Missionary Association for Seamen of the Port of Philadelphia.
    The only edition on OCLC is Philadelphia: R. S. H. George, 1848, showing seven locations (none west of Illinois except Claremont School of Theology library). 23 pp. Now we know.

    Comment by Rick Grunder — June 16, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  13. I’m with Ardis on not recognizing Researcher’s 12-year-old’s comment. I’ve been telling people for years that I will not read Harry Potter, at least until I enter my second childhood.

    Rick’s reference to Alonzo Potter and his sermon to the missionary association for seaman reminds me of the Seaman’s Church Institute here in New York, which “advocates for the personal, professional, and spiritual well being of merchant mariners around the world”. In our neighborhood, there was a Norwegian Seaman’s Church (now, alas, converted into condominum apartments) and a google search of seaman’s church pulled up references to Swedish and Danish seaman’s churches.

    It seems that the sailors of the world were viewed as being in serious need of salvation. I suspect that these churches grew up in an attempt to provide entertainment and fellowship for sailors at someplace other than the tavern and the brothel.

    Comment by Mark B. — June 17, 2008 @ 7:55 am

  14. I am late, but am very interested in the “Periodicals and Newspapers,” since it may show what contemporary newspapers they valued. Several had been very rough on the Mormons.

    Comment by Jeff Johnson — June 17, 2008 @ 8:15 am

  15. BHodges, as the first to vote, you win the lottery and natural philosophy will be up next.

    I never win anything, so this is obviously a treat!

    Comment by BHodges — June 17, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

  16. Interesting that they seem to have lost Buck’s Theological Dictionary, which they had used reasonably heavily in the 1830s and 1840s (it had fallen out of favor with Protestants by around 1850, and the LDS seem to have followed suit).

    Arnold Arboretum is a gorgeous public garden S of Boston favored by longboarders, botanists, and parents. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in town, but do it when things are blooming.

    Comment by smb — June 25, 2008 @ 5:57 am

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