Title:Samuel B. Bell sermons and travel narratives, 1852-1894
Creator/Contributor:Bell, Samuel B., 1817-1897, creator, author,, creator.
Creator/Contributor:Nye, A. B., correspondent.
Contains 18 legal size typescript (mimeographed) sermons, some with manuscript additions and corrections, on a variety of
Christian religious topics and 3 legal size typescript (mimeographed) detailed travel narratives about an ocean trip around
Cape Horn (Fall of 1852-February 1853, 28 pages) that included a fire on board, a trip across the continental United States
(1869, 24 pages), and while residing in California during the Gold Rush era (39 pages). Most sermons also have a subtitle
Bible verse reference. The sermons are undated but are likely from the active part of Bell's career that began in 1852. Also
includes a note from the editor of the Oakland Enquirer Publishing Company on business letterhead stationery, dated August
29, 1894, affirming interest in publishing historical sketches on the history of the Presbyterian church in Oakland to be
provided by Reverend Bell.
Sermons: The creation -- Deborah -- Ecclesiastes -- Fourth of July sermon -- Genesis. No. 2 -- Hope -- Ichabod -- Predestination
and foreknowledge -- The puzzles of God. No. 1 -- Satan -- The silver cord -- Ten virgins -- The visits of beings from the
other world -- War -- What have I done? -- What is a Presbyterian? -- What manner of man was he? -- Whither goest thou? --
The whole world.
Travel narratives: Around the Horn -- California -- Across the continent.
Bell, Samuel B -- 1817-1897 -- Archives
University of California (1868-1952)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
Trade Wind (Clipper ship)
Oakland Enquirer Publishing Company.
Voyages to the Pacific coast -- Personal narratives
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Presbyterian Church -- Clergy -- Sermons
Presbyterian Church -- California -- Oakland
Presbyterians -- California
Legislators -- California
Politicians -- California
Clergy -- United States
Clergy -- California -- Oakland
College trustees -- California
California -- Gold discoveries
California -- Description and travel
Samuel B. Bell sermons and travel narratives, BANC MSS 2008/268, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Samuel Bookstaver Bell was born September 17, 1817 in Orange County, New York. He was ordained an Evangelist of the Presbyterian
denomination at Onondaga, New York, in 1852, and in November of the same year was sent by the American Home Missionary Society
to the Pacific Coast. He came to San Francisco on the clipper ship Trade Wind, and on his arrival commenced his work as a
Presbyterian missionary on the site where the city of Oakland now stands, building the first Presbyterian church there. He
served as its pastor for many years. Possessing great breadth of view and intellectual vision, Bell procured the charter for
the College of California, now the University of California, and was one of its founders. He also represented his district
in the California State Senate and the House of Representatives for three years, during which time he was connected with important
legislation, particularly aiding in the passing of the Homestead law and introducing the bill creating the Board of Regents
for the university. He was one of the original Republicans when the party was formed, and attended the first Republican convention
in California. He was married to Sophia Walworth (1824-1899) and died in Santa Barbara, California on December 27, 1897.
BANC MSS 2008/268 box 1