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Greensbury W. Offley Papers

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Washington Offley Rev. Greensbury Washington Offley   The Reverend Greensbury Washington Offley was born in Maryland in 1808 to a former slave who had been freed in her master's will. Offley began his schooling at the age of nineteen; in 1835 he moved to Hartford to study for the ministry. In 1847 Offley began working as an agent for the newly formed African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Worcester, raising funds for a church and a pastor. At the close of the Civil War, Offley became involved in fundraising for missionary efforts among the freedmen in the South. In 1867 he moved to New Bedford, where he died in 1896.

These four manuscript volumes were given to AAS by Walter Jones in April, 2005. They came down to Mr. Jones through his family. AAS member Thomas Doughton was responsible for bringing Mr. Jones in contact with the Society.

Accounts for Offley's expenses while traveling to raise funds for the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Worcester, 1847-49.

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Offley ms.

Lists of subscribers for the A.M.E. Zion Church, 1847. The first two entries are pledges from Worcester industrialist Ichabod Washburn ($50) and "subscriptions among the colored people" ($75).

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Offley ms.

Religious notes, 1860, mostly on the Bible and slavery.

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Offley ms.

Lists of subscribers for missionary work among the freedmen, 1866.

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Offley ms.

Two pamphlets written by Offley and already in the AAS collections.

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Offley ms.

C.C. 
Baldwin "One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography; another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
 3rd Librarian of AAS

For almost two hundred years the librarians at the Antiquarian Society have worked to build collections by purchase and by donation. This page displays a recent product of our zeal.
~Nancy Burkett
 The Marcus A. McCorison Librarian of AAS (and 13th in the line of AAS librarians)

 

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