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Guide to the Charles Baker Journals, 1859, 1861-1879, 1900-1904

Abstract

English businessman and schoolmaster.

Manuscript journal written in 25 annual vols. of Lett's Diary. Years included are 1859, 1861-1879, and 1900-1904. Volume 1870 has been rehoused into 7 different parts.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Baker, Charles.
Title
Charles Baker Journals 1859, 1861-1879, 1900-1904
Language of Material
English
Extent
5.0 Linear Feet, 32 Items
Location
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Collection Overview

Manuscript journal written in 25 annual vols. of Lett's Diary. In the early volumes, Baker lived in Bayswater, England, and was a partner in a firm in the Colonial Commission trade. He wrote of attending plays, concerts, and sporting events. He spent much of his time working among boys and young men at the West London Youths Institute. Although married with children, he wrote of his great affection for boys, and sometimes mentioned taking them home and sleeping with them. He described marital discord caused by his wife's "cold" treatment of particular boys. In 1875, his wife left him.

Entries also document his financial difficulties, which necessitated his borrowing large sums of money and which culminated in bankruptcy in 1875. He attempted to open a school in 1877, but had few students due to "terrible scandals," which he attributed to his wife. By 1875, he had been ordained into the Church of England, and the later volumes describe his life as a curate in various parishes. In 1902, he signed on as chaplain on the S.S. Macquerie on a 3-month voyage to Australia, but left the ship in Melbourne with the atheist Captain angry at him. At the end of the last journal, he was living in his home town of Derby.

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Contents of the Collection

Journal
Volume 1859
Journal
Volume 1861
Journal
Volume 1862
Journal
Volume 1863
Journal
Volume 1864
Journal
Volume 1865
Journal
Volume 1866
Journal
Volume 1867
Journal
Volume 1868
Journal
Volume 1869
Journal, January-4 March
Volume 1870, Part 1
Journal, 5 March-7 May
Volume 1870, Part 2
Journal, 8 May-2 July
Volume 1870, Part 3
Journal, 3 July-4 September
Volume 1870, Part 4
Journal, 5 September-7 November
Volume 1870, Part 5
Journal, 8 November-December
Volume 1870, Part 6
Journal, Bindings and printed papers
Volume 1870, Part 7
Journal
Volume 1871
Journal
Volume 1872
Journal
Volume 1873
Journal
Volume 1874
Journal
Volume 1875
Journal
Volume 1876
Journal
Volume 1877
Journal
Volume 1878
Journal
Volume 1879
Journal
Volume 1900
Journal
Volume 1901
Journal
Volume 1902
Journal
Volume 1903
Journal
Volume 1904

Historical Note

English businessman and schoolmaster.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Baker Journals, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Charles Baker Journals were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by Rubenstein Library Staff

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2011

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.