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James Beverlin Ramsey

Synthetic Collection #MS 127

Content Summary: This small collection consists of three 19th-century publications, plus another issued in 1995, along with printouts of two other works.

Span dates: 1867-1995 Size: 0.25 cu. ft. (one box)

Access: This collection is open to researchers.

Preferred citation:
James Beverlin Ramsey Synthetic Collection, PCA Historical Center, St. Louis, Missouri.

Related Collections:
Presbyterian Church in the United States (PCUS), 1861-1983; Southern Presbyterian Review, 1847-1885.

Archival Collection(s)
The Papers of Rev. James Beverlin Ramsey may be found preserved at the Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, NC.
Title: Papers of George Junkin Ramsey, James B. Ramsey and Sabra S. Tracy Ramsey, 1802-1918 (bulk 1832-1918), 4,078 items.
Abstract:  "Correspondence, account books, class notes, printed matter, and other items, relating to George J. Ramsey's student days at Hampden-Sydney College and the University of Virginia, his teaching and administrative career at various southern colleges, and other matters. Includes papers of Ramsey's father, James Beverlin Ramsey, concerning the Presbyterian Church in Virginia, especially Lynchburg, and his activities with the Choctaw Indians in Arkansas; and papers of his mother, Sabra S. Tracy Ramsey, dealing with her work at Lynchburg Female Academy, her marriage to James Ramsey, and education in Virginia after the Civil War."

jbramseyRamsey, Rev. James Beverlin
[20 May 1814-13 July 1871]

File—Contents
ƒ01—Biographical and bibliographical information

ƒ02—Ramsey, Jas. B., Questions on Bible doctrine for the closet, the family, and Bible classes. Richmond, [VA]: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1869; 210pp. Accession #006a075000.

ƒ03—Ramsey, James B., Questions on Old Testament History. Revised and extended by R.L. Dabney, D.D. Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell & Co., Publishers, 1879; 114pp. Accession #006a061000.

ƒ04—Ramsey, James B., Follow the saints : a memorial of Samuel McCorkle, a ruling elder for thirty-four years of the First Presbyterian [sic] Church of Lynchburg, Va., who died August 6th, 1866. An obituary notice and the sermon addressed to the church in improvement of his death. Lynchburg, [VA]: Virginian Book and Job Office Print., 1867; 27pp. [located in a Sammelband among the Papers of T.D. Witherspoon, box RL 116].

ƒ05—True eminence founded on holiness. A discourse occasioned by the death of Lieut. Gen. T.J. Jackson, preached in the First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, May 24th, 1863. Lynchburg, Virginian "Water-power Presses" Print., 1863; 21pp. [printout]

ƒ06—How shall I live? Richmond, Presbyterian Committee of Publication, circa 1861-1865, 16pp.; 18cm. Reprinted, Petersburg, VA: Evangelical Tract Society, 1863, 12pp. [printout]

ƒ07—The Book of Revelation : An Exposition of the First eleven Chapters. Edinburgh, Scotland; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1977, 1995; 518pp. Originally published (posthumously) as The Spiritual Kingdom: An Exposition of the First Eleven Chapters of the Book of the Revelation (Richmond, Va., Presbyterian committee of publication, 1873), 23, xxxv, 23-518pp.; 23cm.

Biographical Sketch [excerpted from, The Men of Lafayette, pp. 9-10]—

“Born in Cecil Co., Maryland, May 20, 1814; Valedictorian at Lafayette, Class of 1836 (graduated 21 September 1836); entered Princeton Theological Seminary in 1836, and remained four years.  The eminent linguist, Dr. J. Addison Alexander, said that when Dr. Ramsey left the Seminary he was qualified to teach any class in the institution; ordained and installed pastor of the Presbyterian church at West Farms, New York, 1841; in 1846 he became missionary to the Choctaw Indians, and took charge of the Spencer Academy, remaining over three years; then was preaching and teaching until ’54, when he was installed pastor of New Monmouth church, Va.; from 1858 to 1870 he was pastor of First Presbyterian church, Lynchburg, Virginia, where he died July 23, 1871; author of Questions on Bible Doctrine, Richmond, VA., 1867, pp. 210, and The Spiritual Kingdom, Richmond, Va., 1873, pp. 518, an elaborate posthumous work, which contains his full memoir.”

Sources—
Bratton, Mary Elizabeth Kinnier, Our Goodly Heritage: A History of First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, VA, 1815-1940  (Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell Company, 1940?), pp. 37-57.
Coffin, Selden J., Record of the Men of Lafayette (Easton, PA: Skinner & Finch, Printers, 1869), pp. 9-10.
Nevin, Alfred, The Encyclopedia of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (Philadelphia: Presbyterian Encyclopedia Company, 1884), pp. 737-738.
Scott, E.C., Ministerial Directory of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. (Austin, TX: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1942), pg. 593.

Chronological Bibliography—

[Mission to the Choctaw Indians]
1848
Letter of condolence to Walter Lowrie, upon the death of his son.

[New Monmouth church, VA, 1854-1857]

1855
The elders that rule well : a sermon preached at Lexington, Va. April 4, 1855 at the opening of Lexington Presbytery and published at its request. Lexington [Va.]: Smith & Fuller, 1855; 17pp. Reprinted, Lynchburg [Va.]: Printed by Johnson & Treakle, 1857; 26pp. This same sermon later appears in the 17 September 1859 issue of The Central Presbyterian (Richmond). [H.B. Prince, A Presbyterian Bibliography, #2902]

[First Presbyterian Church, Lynchburg, VA, 1858-1870]
1858
The deaconship : an essay, prepared by appointment of the Synod of Virginia, read before that body at their meeting at Charlottesville, on the 3rd of November, 1858, and published at their request. Richmond, Va.: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1858; 42pp. Reprinted in 1859 as “The Deaconship,” in the Southern Presbyterian Review 12.1 (April 1859): 1-24. [Prince #2901]

1861
God's way in the sanctuary remembered; a sermon preached Dec. 23d, 1860, before the congregations of the 1st and 2d Presbyterian Churches of Lynchburg, assembled together, in commemoration of the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, on December 20th, 1560. Lynchburg [Va.] J.C. Johnson, Printer, 1861; 20pp. [Prince #2904]

1863
True eminence founded on holiness. A discourse occasioned by the death of Lieut. Gen. T.J. Jackson, preached in the First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, May 24th, 1863. Lynchburg, Virginian "Water-power Presses" Print., 1863; 21pp. Online at http://docsouth.unc.edu/ramsey/menu.html

How shall I live? Richmond, Presbyterian Committee of Publication, circa 1861-1865, 16pp.; Reprinted, Petersburg, VA: Evangelical Tract Society, 1863, 12pp. Online at www.docsouth.unc.edu/imls/ramsey/ramsey.html [Prince #2905]

1867
Follow the saints : a memorial of Samuel McCorkle, a ruling elder for thirty-four years of the First Presbyterian [sic] Church of Lynchburg, Va., who died August 6th, 1866. An obituary notice and the sermon addressed to the church in improvement of his death. Lynchburg, [VA]: Virginian Book and Job Office Print., 1867; 27pp. A copy of this sermon is preserved at the PCA Historical Center, in a volume from the library of Thomas Dwight Witherspoon, bound in “Pamphlets, Volume VI, Sermons”. [Prince #2903] In this Sammelband, a short lecture by Ramsey, on Rev. 2-3, follows. Location: RL 116.

1868
“The History of the Spiritual Kingdom,” in the Southern Presbyterian Review 19.4 (October 1868): 465-502.

1869
Questions on Bible doctrine for the closet, the family, and Bible classes. Richmond, [VA]: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1869; 210pp. [Prince #2906]

[Posthumously published]
1873

The spiritual kingdom: an exposition of the first eleven chapters of the book of the Revelation. Richmond, VA: Presbyterian Committee of Publication, 1873; 23, xxxv, 23-518pp. Reprinted as The Book of Revelation : An Exposition of the First eleven Chapters. Edinburgh, Scotland; Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1977, 1995; 518pp. [Prince #2908]

1879
Ramsey, James B. and Robert Lewis Dabney, Questions on Old Testament History. Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell & Co., 1879; 114pp. [Prince #2907]



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