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Guide to the George Augustus Lofton Papers, 1784-1941

Collection Overview

The George Augustus Lofton Papers span the years 1874-1941, although the bulk of the material dates from 1875-1900. They consist of correspondence, writings and sermons, clippings, book reviews, and printed materials. The collection principally relates to Lofton's career as a Baptist minister serving churches in Dalton, Gal; Memphis, Tenn. (First Church); St. Louis, Mo. (Third Church); Talladega, Ala.; and Nashville, Tenn. (Central Church). The collection mostly contains handwritten sermons and sermon notes, and includes little family or personal material, although a few family letters are in the Correspondence Series. The Correspondence Series, however, primarily contains letters critiquing Lofton's works, Review of the Question and Bible Thoughts and Themes. The Writings and Speeches Series documents Lofton's intellectual growth throughout his career as author and minister. This series also contains Lofton's published text, Character Sketches (1890), and a manuscript draft of his autobiography titled, "My Family Garden." Lofton's sermons and sermon notes track both his spiritual development and writing skills throughout the years of his ministry. The sermon notes reveal his views on slavery, capital punishment, and foreign mission work. The Printed Materials Series includes published brochures and sermons written by Lofton and others, 1881-1914. The Miscellaneous Series contains an assortment of items from 1873-1940 including Lofton family photographs and other materials. Included are items pertaining to Baptist minister George Law Stewart and Dr. Adiel Sherwood.

Descriptive Summary

Title
George Augustus Lofton papers, 1784-1941
Creator
Lofton, George Augustus, 1839-1914
Extent
14.2 Linear Feet, 1800 Items
Repository
Duke University. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
English.

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Contents of the Collection

Three subseries: Manuscripts, Sermons (arranged alphabetically), and Sermon Notes. "My Family Garden" is a history of the Lofton family.

Character Sketches, 1890
Box 1
Draft, My Family Garden,undated
Box 1
A - Accountability
Box 1
Acquaintance - Address
Box 2
Address - All Important
Box 2
The All Important Question
Box 2
All in All - Always
Box 2
American - Angel's
Box 2
Answer - Atheistic
Box 2
Atonement - Awakened
Box 2
B - Baptist
Box 3
Baptist Faith - Barren Fig
Box 3
The Baptist Trophy, 1876
Box 3
Bearing Each - Besetting Son
Box 3
Best You Can - Bible Doctrine
Box 3
Bible in the Public Schools - Bible Theory of Sanctification
Box 3
Bible Thoughts and Themes for Young Men - Blessedness of Giving
Box 3
Blind Bartnaeus - Boodle and Whiskey
Box 4
Bread of Life - By-path Meadow
Box 4
Capital Punishment: The Law of God and Nature - Causal Things Without Effect
Box 4
Causes of Spiritual Declension - Child likeness: the Condition of Entrance Into God's Kingdom
Box 4
Christ at the Door - Christ the Door
Box 4
Christ, the Only Personal... - Christ's Example of Activity
Box 4
Christian Charity - The Christian's High Vocation
Box 4
The Christian's Prize - Church Independence
Box 5
Church of the Living God - Church Sunday Entertainment
Box 5
The Cities of Refuge - The Coming of Christ
Box 5
The Coming Empire - Communion with Christ
Box 5
The Compassion of Christ - The Condition of Revival
Box 5
Conditions of Spiritual Prosperity - Conscience
Box 5
Consistency - Crime and Misfortune of Ignorance
Box 5
The Crisis of the Cross - The City of Despair
Box 6
Crystallizing Force of Habit - David's Sin
Box 6
David's Sins - Death and Judgment
Box 6
Debit Without Credit - The Devil as an Angel of Light
Box 6
The Devil's Shake - Did Christ Come to Save the Gentiles
Box 6
Dignity and Moral Effect of Work - The Divine Purchase
Box 6
The Divine Evolution - The Divine Pastoral of Ruth
Box 6
The Divine Signet - Doing and Knowing
Box 7
The Doodle bug - The Drunkard Maker
Box 7
Ecclesiastical Obedience to Pastoral Rule - Efficient Service
Box 7
The Efficiency of the Spirit - Elijah and the Ravens
Box 7
Elijah No. 1 - Eloquence: A Virtue
Box 7
The Exhalation of Joseph - The Endowment of the Holy Spirit
Box 7
Ephraim Joined to his Idol - Essentials to Cross Bearing
Box 8
Esther's Faith and Courage - Eternity
Box 8
The Eternity of Hell - Everybody's Doing It
Box 8
Evidence of Genuineness - Excellency of the Knowledge of Christ
Box 8
Existing Errors Regarding Immorality and the Future State - Faith the Only Medium of Grace
Box 8
Faith, the Result of Ordination - Faithful in Little Things
Box 8
The Faithful Saying - The Fall of Satan
Box 8
The Family Alter - A Fast Young Man
Box 9
Fatal Fall and Final Triumph of Man - The Final Triumph
Box 9
Final Fixedness of Habit - The First Great Victory
Box 9
The Fixed Heart - Forgetting the Things Behind
Box 9
Forgiveness - The Fountain and Issues of Life
Box 9
The Friend of Publicans and Sinners - The Fruitfulness of Death
Box 10
Full Assurance - The Fullness of Christ 3
Box 10
The Fullness of Christ 4 - Future Punishment
Box 10
Future Reward and Punishment Alike Eternal - The Glory of the Cross
Box 10
The Glory of the Cross - Go Forward
Box 10
God a Consuming Fire - God's Good Things
Box 10
God's Goodness a Motive to Repentance - God's Kingdom and Righteousness First
Box 10
God's Ownership and Service - God's Peculiar People
Box 11
God's People - The Golden Calf
Box 11
Our Golden Calves - Gospel Fishing
Box 11
The Gospel Fountain - The Grace of Compromise
Box 11
The Grace of Liberality - The Great Advocate
Box 11
The Great Commandment - Great is Diana of the Epliesiaus
Box 11
The Great Invitation - The Great Salvation
Box 11
The Great Salvation - The Great Supper
Box 12
The Greatest Wrong - Habitual Drinking
Box 12
Habitual Drinking and It's Remedy - The Half Has Never Been Told
Box 12
The Hardship of Sin - Heaven
Box 12
Heavenly Citizenship - Heredity
Box 12
The High Rock - The Honor Christ
Box 12
Hope - How to Build the Church
Box 13
How to Convert Sinners - I Gave My Life for Thee
Box 13
Ignored and Discarded - Immortality
Box 13
Immorality-Natural - Immortality Typical II
Box 13
Immutability of God's Love in Christ - The Impotency of the Sword
Box 13
The Incompatible Witness - Inferences from the Breckenridge Trial
Box 13
Insecurity - Isaiah's Fig Potilla
Box 13
The Jesus of the Age - Is There at Hell...
Box 14
Is There a True Christianity in the World To Day - John the Baptist
Box 14
John's Gospel - Joseph the Dreamer
Box 14
Joshua's Decided Religion - The Judgment
Box 14
Judicial Blindness - Knowing the Unknowable, Measuring the Immeasurable
Box 14
The Knowledge of Christ - The Last Enemy
Box 14
The Last Enemy is Ours
Box 15
The Last Judgment - Lessons From the 1st Miracle
Box 15
Lessons From the Valley of the Dead - Liberty: the Genius of Christianity
Box 15
Liberty, Part 1 - The Light of God's Countenance
Box 15
The Lilly in the Bag - Loathing God's Lightbread
Box 15
Dr. Lofton's 19th Anniversary - The Lord's Supper
Box 16
Loss of Moral Resistance - Lot's Temptation
Box 16
Lot's Wife - The Love of Christ...Part 2
Box 16
The Love of Christ... - Love's Epitome
Box 16
Love's Labor Not Lost - Man's Fearful and Wonderful Being
Box 16
Man's First Commission - Marriage
Box 16
Me - The Messicaic Symbolism of Great Pyramid
Box 17
Microscopic Observations - The Mighty Minority
Box 17
Mighty to Save - The Miracle of the (?) Demoniacs and Il-Lessions
Box 17
A Miraculous Deliverance - Mission of John the Baptist
Box 17
The Missionary Zeal of Christianity - Modern Paganism
Box 17
Modern Perils - More to Follow
Box 17
The Mother and the Model Child - Municipal Righteousness
Box 18
Murder and Capital Punishment - Nashville Under the Electric Laugh
Box 18
Nashville's Stumbling Blocks - Nelson Merry Memorial
Box 18
The New Creature - Ninth Anniversary Sermon
Box 18
No Other Name - Non-Resistance as a Force
Box 18
Not Ashamed of the Gospel - Now
Box 18
Obedience - One Thing Needful
Box 19
The Only Religion of Life... - The Only Way
Box 19
Opportune Activity - Our Home Mission Resources
Box 19
Our Institutions of Vice - Our Superior Righteousness
Box 19
Our Sympathetic High Priest - Parable of the Talents
Box 19
Passover - Paul at Antioch
Box 19
Paul at Melita - Paul in Rome
Box 19
Paul in Shipwreck - Paul's Encouragement at Corinth
Box 20
Paul's Good Fight - Paul's Metaphors
Box 20
Paul's Metaphors
(2 folders)
Box 20
Paul's Metaphors - A Peculiar People
Box 20
The Penitent's Prayer - Perfection
Box 20
Perfection - Perseverance of All Saints
Box 21
Personal Effort - Peter's Confession
Box 21
Peter's Deliverance - The Philosophy of Fear
Box 21
The Philosophy of Prayer - Possibilities of Faith
Box 21
Possibilities Without Culture - Power of Religious Education
Box 21
The Power of the Holy Ghost - Prayer
Box 21
The Preacher in Politics - Prejudice
Box 21
Preservation of All Saints - Procrastination
Box 22
Procrastination of Felix - The Province of Faith
Box 22
The Province of the Sword - The Real Presence
Box 22
Reasoning Together - Relation of Christianity to Law and Order
Box 22
Religion and Crime - The Religious Memories of the Confederate Soldier
Box 22
Remarkable Conversations: Cornelius Remarkable Conversations: Saul
Box 22
Remarkable Conversations: Simon Magus - The Rending of the Veil
Box 23
The Rending Veil - Respect for the Sacred
Box 23
Responsibility According to Ability - Resurrection f Lazarus
Box 23
Revitalization - That Richmond Ring
Box 23
The Rights of Property - Running Against Hindrances
Box 23
Ruth - The Safety of Loyalty
Box 23
Salvation and Security - Sanctification
Box 23
Saul a Persecutor - Saved by Water
Box 24
Saving Others, Not Himself - Science Falsely so Called
Box 24
Scriptural Figures Illustrative of the Spirit's Coming and Work - Seeking God While He May be Found
Box 24
Seeking and Saving the Lost - The Self Confident Fool
Box 24
Self Consecration Part 1 - Self Denial
Box 24
Self-Denial - The Seven Beatitudes
Box 24
The Shepard and the Sheep - The Sin of Ignorance
Box 24
The Sin Unto Death - The Sinner's Self-Judgment
Box 25
The Smitten Rock - Solomon, a type of Christ
Box 25
The Somewhat and the Few Things Which Ruin Churches - Southern Baptist Convention
Box 25
Soul Winning as a Vocation - The Spirit of Christ
Box 25
The Spirit Power - The Stone Before the Spulchur
Box 25
The Stone Ezel - Submission
Box 25
Succession - Sunday Schools
Box 26
Sunday Visitation - The Sy (?) Woman
Box 26
Symmetrical Development
Box 26
Taffy - The Test of Fidelity
Box 26
The Test Question - Thanksgiving
Box 26
Thanksgiving
Box 26
Thanksgiving - Things Settled
Box 27
Thinking and Believing - Through Death to Life
Box 27
The Thought That Turns - To Day
Box 27
Tomorrow - Training of Children
Box 27
The Trail of Christ - Trial of Abram's Faith
Box 27
The Trinity of Graces - My Trip to Europe 3
Box 27
The Triumphant Cross - Trust In God
Box 28
The Truth as in Jesus - the Two Ways
Box 28
The Unanswerable Argument - Universal Dominion of Christ
Box 28
The Universality of Missions - The Unrighteous Mammon
Box 28
Unused Forces Among Southern Baptist - the Value of the Soul
Box 28
The Value of Time - Vanity Fair
Box 28
Verily! Verily! - the Voice of Conscience
Box 28
The Wages of Sin - Walking on the Sea
Box 29
A Wasted Life - The Way, The Truth, The Life
Box 29
The Way to Have More - The Weeping Christ
Box 29
Weeping Mothers of Jerusalem - On What Side Are You?
Box 29
What Shall the Harvest Be - Where Are We?
Box 29
Where Are We? - Where Are We in Society?
Box 29
Where Are We In Discipline - The Whole Bunch Sin Offering
Box 29
Why Do I Do Right - Without Excuse
Box 30
The Witness of Christ - Work
Box 30
The Work of a Decade - Worldliness and Its Remedy
Box 30
The World's Christmas - The Young Man and His Difficulties
Box 30
The Young Man and His Success - The Youth of Saul
Box 30
Sermons, untitled
(2 folders)
Box 30
Sermons, untitled
(6 folders)
Box 31
Account of Francis Baupfield - Attraction of the Cross
Box 32
Baptism - Business
Box 32
Calling and Use of Men - The Citizenship of Freedom
Box 32
The Cleansing Blood - Deeper Water
Box 32
The Deity and Supremacy of Christ - Driving nails for God
Box 32
The Easy Yoke and the Light Burden - Falling Into God's Hands Unprepared
Box 33
The Fear of Opportunity - The Glory of the Cross
Box 33
The Golden Calf - House Missions
Box 33
Hope of the Godless - Is Life Worth Living
Box 33
The Issues of Life - Liberty
Box 33
Life Insurance - Millennium
Box 33
Ministerial Relief - Our Bethels
Box 34
Our High Calling - Prayer
Box 34
Predestination - The Reasonable Hope
Box 34
The Reign of God - The Sin Unto Death
Box 34
Sliding from God - The Sunrise of Christianity
Box 34
The Temporal and the Eternal - The Two Mays
Box 35
The Unattained - What Baptists Stand For
Box 35
What is Prayer - The World for Christ
Box 35
Miscellaneous, undated
Box 35
Printed Material,1881 - 1914, undated
Box 35
Clippings,1889 - 1920s, undated
Box 36
General,1873 - 1912, undated
Box 36
Sherwood, Dr. Adiel, undated
Box 36
Stewart, George L., 1918-1940, undated
Box 36

Historical Note

DateEvent(s)
1839, Dec. 25Born, Panola County, Miss.
1861 - 1865Served in the Confederate States of America, 9th Georgia Battalion Artillery
1865- 1867Principal, Wade Academy, Webster County, Ga.
1867- 1868Admitted to bar; practiced at Americus, Ga.
1868- 1869Ordained Baptist minister; pastor of several country churches in Georgia
1870- 1872Pastor, Dalton, Ga.
1871A.M., Mercer University, Ga.
1872-1877Pastor, First Church, Memphis, Tenn.
1873-1876President, Southern Baptist Publishing Society
1877-1884Pastor, Third Church, St. Louis, Mo.
1880D.D., Baylor University (Tex.)
1885-1887Pastor, Talladega, Ala.
1888Pastor, Central Church, Nashville, Tenn.
1889Moderator, Nashville Association of Baptist Churches
President, State Board Missions, Tenn.
Authored Character Sketches
1897Authored Harp of Life
1899Authored Baptist Reformation, 1611-1641, A.D.
1900LL.D., University of Nashville
1902Authored The Master Wheel
1914, Dec.11Died

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], The Papers of George Augusts Lofton, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The George Augustus Lofton Papers (1874-1941) were purchased by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by: John Gribble; Assisted by: Alex Byrd, Brent Johanson, Rachel Pottinger

Completed November 15, 1993

Encoded by Stephen Douglas Miller

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.