Richard Emerson Lane diaries; MS-565, 1837 - 1840Manuscript MS-565

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Richard Emerson Lane diaries; MS-565, 1837 - 1840

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-565

Collection Dates:

1837 - 1840

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Richard E. Lane (1813-1842), teacher. Dartmouth College Class of 1841. This collection contains diaries for the years 1837-1840. Some of the entries were written while Lane was a student at Dartmouth College.

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Use & Access

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

This collection contains the diaries of Richard Emerson Lane from 1837 to 1840, including time spent at Dartmouth College. Lane wrote sporadically throughout this period on a wide variety of topics, including prayers, descriptions of the scenery and poems. Most of the text concerns his spiritual life and details his resolutions for pious behavior.


Richard Emerson Lane was born 2 June 1813 in Candia, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1841. While a student at Dartmouth, he spent his winters teaching at a school in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was also involved with the Theological Society. Lane taught in Henniker, New Hampshire, for one term. In November 1841, he went to Lewiston, New York, to read law and teach mathematics at Lewiston Academy. Lane died of congestion of the lungs on 27 May 1842 in Lewiston, New York.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Diaries, 1837-1840

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Box: 1, Dates: 1837-1840


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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Diary [1], 1837-1838

    Lane recalls the beginning of his career at Dartmouth, his joining of the Theological Society, his establishment of a school in Beverley, Massachusetts during a break from Dartmouth and many sermons he attended while at school himself.

  • Folder: 2, Diary [2], 1838

    Lane writes of the beginning of summer term, of a class with Tutor Peasly on the Romans, a monthly concert; he reflects on his first year at Dartmouth and describes the scenery on the banks of the Connecticut River

  • Folder: 3, Diary [3], 1838

    Describes a monthly concert and scenery, his new resolution to study, his opinions on missionaries and his return to his school in Beverley

  • Folder: 4, Diary [4], 1839

    Lane writes of his attendance at the Gloucester Universalist Meeting, his journey back to Hanover from Beverley, the beginning of his term at Dartmouth, a town meeting, and seeing the first robin of the year.

  • Folder: 5, Diary [5], 1839

    Contains more notes on sermons he attended, records the illness and death of one of his peers at Dartmouth, and further comments on his study habits at the close of spring term.

  • Folder: 6, Diary [6], 1839-1840

    Lane writes about the effects of stormy weather on the mind, describes sermons on slavery and abolition, describes commencement, bemoans his neglect of his diary and the Bible, records the death of Professor Peabody and his funeral and the first snow storm of winter.

  • Folder: 7, Diary [7], 1840

    Contains only a few entries, most from January 1840, concerning his arrival in Boxford and the death of a friend; the last entry is dated to June 1840 and describes his long absence from writing in the diary.

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