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John Varick Dodge letter

 Collection — Folder: S2657
Identifier: S2657

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a December 6, 1839 letter written by John Varick Dodge and sent from Evansville, Indiana to Louis Bristol at Jacksonville, Illinois. In the letter, Dodge discusses his meeting with a Mr. Barnes (Jeremiah R. Barnes), the new school preacher, describes his "tedious journey" from Philadelphia to Evansville, and shares his positive impressions of Evansville and its residents.


  • 1839/12/06


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 / Historical

John Varick Dodge was born on October 14, 1814 in New York City to Henry S. and Jane Dey Varick Dodge. He graduated from Yale in 1835 and received his doctor of divinity from the theological seminary at Princeton University a few years later. He arrived in Evansville, Indiana in 1839 and was ordained and installed as the first pastor of the Evansville Presbyterian Church on June 6, 1841. He continued as pastor of the church until 1850 and then went on to hold charges in Jacksonville, Illinois and Wheeling, West Virginia. He later returned to Evansville and in retirement spent his remaining years in the study of languages and theological works. He married Augusta A. DuPuy in 1842 and they had several children. Following Augusta's death in 1856, he married her sister, Mary E. DePuy, in 1857. Dr. Dodge passed away at the age of 92 on September 16, 1907.

Sources: "John Vanick Dodge." U.S., Dutch Reformed Church Rcords inSelected States, 1639-1989. Accessed August 1, 2019. "Mary E. Dupuy." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941.. Accessed August 1, 2019. "Mary Eliza Dupuy." North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000. Accessed August 1, 2019.

Brant & Fuller. History of Vanderburgh County, Indiana: From the Earliest Times to the Present, With Biographical Sketches, Reminiscences, Etc. Madison, Wis.: Brant & Fuller, 1889.

"Dr. J.V. Dodge Passes Away." Evansville Courier (IN), September 17, 1907.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection contains one letter.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts from Symmachus Trading Company on 1947/01/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/01 by Laura Eliason.
John Varick Dodge letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.