Talbot (Rt. Rev.), Joseph Cruikshank. Diaries

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Talbot (Rt. Rev.), Joseph Cruikshank. Diaries


  • 1856-1883 (Creation)


.6 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Joseph Talbot was elected by General Convention in 1859 to serve as the Missionary Bishop of the North West, a jurisdiction spanning the present states of Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Montana, and Idaho. Talbot was consecrated as a bishop in Christ Church, Indianapolis on February 15, 1860. He left the missionary district in 1865 upon his election as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Indiana. He became diocesan bishop in 1872 upon the death of the previous bishop and served in this capacity until his death in 1883.

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The papers of Joseph Talbot document his time as Missionary Bishop of the North West and as bishop coadjutor of the Diocese of Indiana through his death in 1883. The collection consists mainly of a set of pocket diaries kept by Talbot over the period 1856-1882 which gives insight into his daily activities. Also included is a typescript copy of Talbot’s journal of a trip to Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nevada between May and December of 1863. It offers a reasonably detailed description of travels in the American West at a time when transportation and accommodations were primitive or even dangerous.


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  • English

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