Guide to the Charles Baker Journals, 1859, 1861-1879, 1900-1904
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.
- Collection Number
- Charles Baker Journals
- 1859, 1861-1879, 1900-1904
- Baker, Charles
- 5 Linear Feet, 32 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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.
Each volume has been individually boxed and barcoded. The volume from 1870 required preservation care and has been split into 6 pamphlet binders, each with its own barcode. Part 7 of 1870 holds the printed pages and bindings of the volume.
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English businessman and schoolmaster.
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The Charles Baker Journals were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 1985.
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Encoded by Meghan Lyon, April 2011