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Isaac Mann autograph collection

Call Number: OSB MSS 46

Scope and Contents

The Isaac Mann Autograph Collection consists of letters and documents by religious figures, especially Baptist or Particular Baptist ministers, collected by Isaac Mann, himself a Particular Baptist minister. The collection spans the dates 1750-1849 and the items have been arranged alphabetically by author.

With the exception of a few notes to Mann concerning his search for autograph material, there are no letters to Mann himself in the collection. It does contain letters to and by several influential Baptist missionaries and their supporters, including David Brown, William Bull, William Carey, Christmas Evans, Andrew Fuller, and Samuel Pearce. An 1807 letter by Carey, for example, discusses the sale in England of his Sanskrit grammar and translation of the Ramayana. A number of letters are requests for assistance from or comments on the work of the Particular Baptist Fund. One such letter, addressed by Benjamin Tomkins on behalf of the Fund to the Rev. Thomas Linford of Bottsford, requests a "sincere, but also satisfactory" answer to the the Fund's concerns about Linford's teachings on the Moral Law.

There are several letters by Abraham Booth, pastor of Little Prescot-Street church in London, including defenses of his Glad Tidings to Perishing Sinners, or, the Genuine Gospel a Complete Warrant for the Ungodly to Believe in Jesus and a comment that American "metaphysical theology" may "issue in doctrinal Arminianism, and practical Antinomianism."

John Ryland (1753-1825), pastor of Broadmead, Bristol, is represented by eight items, including a 1796 letter commenting on Robertson's Historical Disquisition, notes on some scripture verses, and a short text in question and answer format on John 6:37 titled "Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ."

One of the few items by a non-Baptist is the earliest item in the collection, a sermon fragment in the hand of the Nonconforming minister Philip Henry (1631-1696). Another is a March 13, 1849 letter by the Rev. James Shore of the Free Church of England, written during his imprisonment at Exeter Gaol for preaching without a license. Addressed to the Rev. John Blackburn, the letter states that Shore is "very happy in his cell" and expresses his hope for the "entire liberation of religion from secular influence."

Other material includes an undated sermon fragment in the hand of \ Philip Henry (1631-1696); the deathbed letter of the Rev. Joseph Stennett to his parishioners; a letter by the Rev. Alexander Waugh discussing his own early religious exercises; and an incomplete notebook of "Poems on Several Occasions" and "Juvenilia," with notes on metrics, by Thomas Gibbons.


  • ca. 1750-1831


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Isaac Mann Autograph Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The collection consists of 86 documents, mostly letters, gathered by Mann for their signatures. Most of the individuals represented are clergymen or preachers, particularly Baptists, and include Abraham Booth, Christmas Evans, Samuel Kilpin, John Ryland, and Basil Woodd.


Isaac Mann, was born in 1785 and joined the Particular (Reformed) Baptist Church at Bridlington in Yorkshire during the ministry of Robert Harness of Hull. He was the first student admitted to the new Horton Academy in April, 1805. After brief pastorates at Steep Lane, Burslem, and Shipley Baptist churches, Mann returned to Horton as tutor in Classics in 1816. He was named Secretary to the Northern (Baptist) Education Society in 1822, and became pastor at Maze Pond Chapel in London in 1826. Mann died in London in 1831.

Guide to the Isaac Mann Autograph Collection
Under Revision
by Beinecke Staff
June 1996
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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