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|Title:||Abijah Davis Oration|
|Abstract:||Consists of an eulogy entitled "Oration on the Death of George Washington," which is said to have been delivered by Abijah Davis in the Presbyterian church at Cold Spring, Cape May County, New Jersey.|
|Collection Number:||MG 894|
Abijah Davis was born in Cumberland County in 1763 to Esther Preston and Arthur Davis. Davis was a Presbyterian minister at the Cold Springs Presbyterian Church established in 1718 in Cold Spring, Cape May County, New Jersey. He was the church's minister from 1791 to 1800, the same year he delivered the oration eulogizing George Washington.
He married Mary Meeke in October 1784. On October 12, 1813, Davis married for again. His second wife (it was second marriage for them both) was Ruth Clark, the daughter of James Clark (ca. 1734-1789) and Sarah Harris Ogden (ca. 1738-1802) of Fairfield Township in Cumberland County. Abijah Davis died in August 1817.
The collection includes an eulogy entitled "Oration on the Death of George Washington," which is said to have been delivered by Abijah Davis in the Presbyterian church at Cold Spring, Cape May County, New Jersey. This pro-revolution oration is sewn into a notebook, which contains partial transcript of the oration and brief biographical background for Davis. The collection also includes a copy of a letter from George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel White, October 8, 1781.
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|The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.|
|Davis, Abijah, 1763-1817.|
|Washington, George, 1732-1799--Death and burial.|
|Presbyterian Church--New Jersey.|
|Cold Spring (N.J.)|
|New Jersey--Religious life and customs.|
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Presented by William Davis, great grandson of Abijah Davis, to Allen H. Brown in 1882. Given by them both to the New Jersey Historical Society on January 18, 1883.
This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 894, Abijah Davis Oration, The New Jersey Historical Society.
A Book of Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May, N.J.: The Albert Hand Co., 1937
Oration and Letter
|1||1||Notebook containing an oration in the autograph manuscript of Abijah Davis, a partial transcript of the oration, and a transcript of Davis' cemetery stone at the Presbyterian Church in Millville, New Jersey.||1799-1882|
|1||1||Letter (copy) : George Washington to Lieutenant Colonel White dated October 8, 1781||1882 May 13|
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