Guide to the Diary of Jotham T. Johnson 1823-1825 MG 240
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Inventory prepared by Stephen Yautz as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
Jotham T. Johnson, the son of Thomas Johnson, was born on February 10, 1806 in Newark, New Jersey. At the age of fifteen, Johnson briefly attended the Bloomfield Academy, which at the time was a seminary that educated those primarily bound for the ministry, and was affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomfield, New Jersey. He apprenticed as a carpenter, and had the ambition to eventually become a minister. However, he would never achieve his goal, for he died at the age of twenty on September 4, 1825.
This collection contains the diary of Jotham T. Johnson, covering the years 1823 to 1825, kept in Bloomfield, New Jersey, and New York City. The single-volume diary is approximately seventy-five pages in length.
The contents of the diary mainly focus upon religious matters, such as Johnson’s personal reflections and his prayers. He does provide a brief account of his childhood, in which he remembers, upon leaving the Bloomfield Academy, that he “was led to throw a stone into the school for which I was forced back after I arrived home to ask the teachers pardon.” For many infractions like this, Johnson felt a great deal of regret and guilt, but expressed his thanks to God for being forgiven for his “foolish vileness.” Johnson also focuses on prayerful thoughts, and writes, with admiration, of a sermon that he heard on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, Chapter 22, verse 42, which he found inspiring, stating that he contemplated the verse and sermon for the rest of the Sabbath.
His last entry was on July 17, 1825, which was three months before his death.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 240, Jotham T. Johnson Diary, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Folsom, Joseph Fulford, ed. Bloomfield Old and New: An Historical Symposium By Several Authors. Bloomfield, New Jersey: Bloomfield Centennial Historical Committee, 1912.
The New Jersey Historical Society Biographical File.