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Henry M. Dowling journal

 Collection — Folder: S2415
Identifier: S2415

Scope and Contents

This collection includes Henry McCabe Dowling's pocket-size journal containing entries ranging from 1822 to 1824. The journal has a few personal entries including one that mentions the death of a Rev. George W. Snyder on January 3, 1824, but the bulk of the volume contains notes regarding the writings of Horace, Dr. Johnson, John Locke, Milton, Virgil, and others. Several entries are in Latin with accompanying English translations and there is a list of months of the year and days of the week in both English and French. There is also a clipping of the article "A Word to Boys" that was printed in the June 15, 1849 edition of the Weekly Southron, a Jackson, Mississippi newspaper edited by a John Dowling.


  • 1822-1823, 1849


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Henry McCabe Dowling was born in April 1805 in Loudon County, Virginia to Daniel and Catherine (McCabe) Dowling. He married Harriet Isabel Haslett in April 1831 and they had one son, Alexander. The family had moved to New Albany, Floyd County, Indiana by 1840 and Dowling set up a medical practice there. Alexander Dowling became a successful lawyer and judge of the Indiana Supreme Court and his son, Henry McCabe Dowling II, also became a lawyer. Henry McCabe Dowling died in January 1852.

Sources: "H. M. Dowling." 1840 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 1, 2022. "Dr. Henry M. Dowling." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed September 1, 2022.

History of the Ohio Falls Cities and Their Counties, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches, vol. 2. Cleveland, Ohio: L. A. Williams and Company, 1882.

Loudoun County, Virginia. "Loudoun County Marriage Records, 1767-1850. Accessed September 1, 2022. New Albany Centennial Committee and George L. Russell, ed.Souvenir History: New Albany Centennial Celebration, 1813-1913. New Albany, IN: George L. Russell, 1913.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

V295: Henry M. Dowling yearbook

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/02 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/02 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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