Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Letter from Harriet Bishop to Jesse Halsey

39 Lewis Street
Southampton, L.I.
Jan 7, 1935

Dear Jesse,

Your little poem was sweet and recalled the past very vividly to my mind. I can see the entrance to your old home and the dining room and kitchen as though it was only yesterday that I was there. Often I dream about Lizbeth and she is still to me a very real and quite undimmed personality. She once said some verses of Sara Teasdale’s and told me how much she liked them. I wrote them in my scrap book. I love to think that after all the adverse winds of her life ceased, she could “straighten like a flame.” It would be such a clear, bright light, don’t you think? Whenever I am on the beach I stand “on the seaward dune” and call her to my mind.

It is heartening to know you find time, in the full life you live, to remember me.

Love and good wishes always.

Harriet M. Bishop

On the Dunes—Sara Teasdale

If there is any life when death is over
These tawny breaches will know much of me,
I shall come back as constant and as changeful
As the unchanging, many-colored sea.

If life was small, if it has made me scornful,
Forgive me; I shall straighten like a flame
In the great calm of death, and if you want me
Stand on the seaward dune and call my name.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Jesse Halsey Biographical Entry

Halsey, Jesse, clergyman, was born in Southampton, N.Y., May 3, 1882, son of Charles Henry and Melvina Dunreath (Terry) Halsey. His father was a farmer.

After attending public schools in his native community, he attended Princeton University and was graduated in the Class of 1906. From 1906-09 he attended Princeton Theological Seminary (N.J.) and during 1907-09 took classes at the Princeton University Graduate School. He was graduated from Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.) in 1910 with the degree B.D. he also studied briefly in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908. In 1910 he was ordained to the ministry of the Presbyterian Church.

For three years, immediately following ordination, he was associated with Wilfred T. Grenfell, M.D. at the latter’s medical mission on the Labrador, acting as business manager and supervising the installation of water and heating systems. In 1913, he returned to the United States and lectured on the Labrador mission for a year.

A call from the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio was accepted, beginning a pastorate which lasted for twenty-seven years, until December, 1941. During this period the congregation increased from about 350 to some 800 members, and the manse and church were remodeled at a total cost of approximately $200,000. In 1940, he became visiting professor of practical theology and liturgics at McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. The following year he resigned his pastorate to accept a fulltime professorship, a position he held until his retirement in 1952. Previously, during the summer of 1937, he lectured at Union Theological Seminary (N.Y.) under the auspices of Columbia University.

Following his retirement he again resided in Southampton, N.Y., where he served as interim pastor to a number of churches: the Amalgamated Presbyterian Church there, the Cutchogue (N.Y.) Church, the Presbyterian Churches in Amagansett and Montauk, the Cutchogue (N.Y.) Church, and the Jefferson Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y.

As a churchman he served as Vice-Moderator of the 121st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Enlisting the help of his congregation, he took a prominent part in the reorganization of the pension system of the church and in the establishment of the Board of Pensions for retired ministers and their widows. He was an active member of the denomination’s Committee on Camp and Church Activities and compiled a popular devotional booklet entitled Think on These Things for distribution to service men.

Ohio Presbyterians elected him Moderator of the Synod in 1940. Wise in counsel, he sat on every major committee of the Synod from time to time, and his interest in the aged number him among those who helped to establish the Ohio Presbyterian Homes, on whose directorate he served. The College of Wooster recognized him in 1927 with the degree Doctor of Divinity.

A leading citizen in Cincinnati, he served on the Americanization Committee and the Associated Charities Board. He was a director of the Bethesda Hospital and a trustee of Western College, Oxford, Ohio. From 1938-39 he served as President of the Council of Churches and a Trustee of the Lane Theological Seminary. He was a charter member of the Cincinnatus Association and of the Consumer’s League, a leading member of the Ministerium, and active in the Literary Society. He was also a member of the Rotary and Country Clubs of Cincinnati. Organizer of the Monday Morning Breakfast Club, he became beloved Dean of Cincinnati’s clergy.

His military experiences began in 1917 when he was granted leave by the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, to serve with the Y.M.C.A. as a secretary going from Vladivostok across Siberia to Moscow where he was on duty during the Kerenski and Bolshevik revolutions. In 1918, he became American representative and chaplain to British naval forces in Murmansk, Russia, and Red Cross worker. During World War II he served on the Presbyterian Committee of Camp and Church Activities. He was assigned during 1944-45, visitor to the 6th Army and Navy Chaplains.

He was well-known for his manual skills. Many a country church in the Cincinnati area, under his supervision, was rewired, remodeled, refurbished, or repainted. He was a skilled poly-chrome artist. His stained glass medallions were shown in arts and crafts exhibits in New York City. And the garden of many a parishioner bloomed with flowers he had transplanted from his own beds.

In addition to contributing articles to religious and secular publications, he was the compiler of A Living Hope, the Abingdon Press, 1932, and Open Prayer, Abingdon-Cokesbury, 1951.

He was married at Lake Placid, N.Y., March 26, 1910, to Helen, daughter of Frederick Asher and Laura Haynes Isham (q.v.), and had five children: Charles Henry, Frederick Isham (died while a college student), Helen Augusta (wife of theologian Dr. Joseph Haroutunian), Wilmun Haynes (who died in childhood), and Abigail Fithian (wife of noted physicist Dr. James Alfred Van Allen).

At one time a Republican, he later became independent politically. From his retirement until 1954, he was President of the Southampton Historical Society and active in community affairs. Jesse Halsey died in Southampton, N.Y., January 12, 1954, and is buried in the village cemetery.

Jesse Halsey | c1930

Jones Photography | McMillian Street at Peebles Corner | Cincinnati
With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Odon Hullenkremer

1939 | Santa Fe
With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Seventh Presbyterian Church | Cincinnati


With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

First Presbyterian Church | Southampton

Long Island | 1962

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

William Picton Boswell | Obit

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"Not even the most bigoted Catholic, not even a Spanish Bishop, could deny that the letter is a ringing call to arms . . ."

"Few political orators could nave equaled the indignantly patriotic messages which pilloried General Franco and the Bishops not only as disturbers in Spain, but even as enemies of American ideals and the Star Spangled Banner."

October 12 , 1937 | Letter from William Green, managing editor of "The Witness," to Reverend Jesse Halsey

"open hostility toward popular government, freedom of worship and separation of church and State"

In September 1937 the Spanish bishops issued a pastoral letter justifying Franco’s insurgency. They described the “Spanish Communist Revolution” as anti-Spanish and anti-Christian. Appealing to the just war doctrine of Thomas Aquinas, they argued: “. . . Spain had no other alternative but this: either to perish in the definite assault of destructive communism . . . or to attempt . . . to save the fundamental principles of her social life and of her national characteristics.”

American Protestants were not persuaded. On October 4, 1937, the New York Times published an “open letter” signed by 150 prominent Protestant clergy and laymen rebutting the Spanish prelates’ justification for war. The Protestants accused the Spanish bishops of “open hostility toward popular government, freedom of worship and separation of church and State—principles that we, as Americans, deeply cherish . . .”


A response to the Protestants’ “open letter” signed by 175 Catholic clergy and laymen, appeared in the Times on October 14. “The publication of [the Protestants’] letter has not only misrepresented the facts and the issues of Spain,” the Catholics asserted, “but it has also tended to create a species of religious war in the United States . . . Do American Protestants accept and endorse a governmental regime that has carried on a ruthless persecution of the Christian religion since February 1936? Does American Protestantism endorse a regime that is composed predominantly of radical Socialists, Communists, Syndicalists and Anarchists? Does American Protestantism championed a regime that has consistently violated in theory and in practice the fundamental principles of liberty and democracy guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States?”

Spanish Hierarchy Is Denounced Here

October 4, 1937 | New York Times

"Bishop Paddock said that the letter was 'a responsible and friendly' attempt to induce the leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States to set forth their own political views. Many of the signers, he said, felt confident that American Catholics did not share the opinions of the Spanish hierarchy."

"The letter said its signers were 'disturbed by the fact that no leaders of the Catholic Church in America have raised their voices in repudiation of the position taken by the Spanish hierarchy' and added that 'they too seem to have given their blessing to General Franco and his Fascist allies.'"

Open Letter in Reply to Spanish Hierarchy’s Recent Views of War

October 4, 1937
New York Times
The text of the open letter issued by 150 Protestant clergymen and educators and laymen on the recent pastoral letter of the Spanish hierarchy follows:

The pastoral letter issued by the prelates of the Catholic Church in Spain stirs our anxieties. The Spanish hierarchy’s attempt to justify a military rebellion against a legally elected government is alarming, as is its display of open hostility toward popular government, freedom of worship and separation of church and State—principles that we, as Americans, deeply cherish.

Its apparent unwillingness to recognize the social and economic evils that have sickened Spain for generations is disquieting to those who feel that there can be no stability in the peninsula until these evils are eliminated; that resort again to force, repression and dictatorship can only be futile. IN this respect the Spanish hierarchy will not admit what leading Catholics here and abroad have long discussed and deplored.

It is noteworthy that this pastoral letter was issued to answer criticism abroad of the Spanish hierarchy’s position, criticism voiced not by the secular but by the Catholic press.

We are amazed to find the pastoral letter 1) approving of resort to violence and military insurrection as a means of settling political controversies; 20 rejecting not merely the present Popular Front Government of Spain but the republic itself and the Constitution of 1931 on which it was founded; 3) stigmatizing any form of parliamentary government, presumably even if under a constitutional monarchy, as “irresponsible autocracy”; and 4) condemning in principle the democratic institutions, the freedom of worship and the separation of church and State established by the Constitution of 1931. It is hard to believe that this pastoral letter was written in the twentieth century . . .

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jesse Halsey | Sermon Notes


Letter from Jesse Halsey to Father Reardon


Palm Sunday at Eleven

"we don’t want Communistic Bolshivicks here your chairman of the Reds you are Anti God"

Jan 11 1937

Daniel Beddoe Death | 1937

December 26, 1937

Abigail Fithian Halsey Talk at Museum of the City of New York


Solicitation Letter | North American Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy


American League for Peace and Democracy

Batavia Presbyterian Church


Letter from Pattie M. Eakins to Jesse Halsey


No Time For Silence by Janette Hassey

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Southampton Declines WPA Storm Clean-Up Aid

The Village Board of Southampton voted today to decline an offer of WPA aid in cleaning up after Wednesday's hurricane. Many trees were blown over and considerable damage was done to the waterfront of this exclusive Summer resort.  (Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. September 27, 1938)

Long Island Town Declines WPA Storm Clean-up 

Southampton, L. I., Sept. 28. —The village board of-Southampton has voted to decline an offer of WPA aid in cleaning up after Wednesday's hurricane. Many trees were blown down and considerable damage was done to the water front of this exclusive summer resort. After the village board meeting. Mayor Albert P. Loaning said: "The village board has', declined WPA aid in cleaning up the highways and for the rehabilitation work in the village. In Southampton we have always been able to handle our ownn affairs in the 300 years of our existence. The village board appreciates WPA offers of help, but the members feel that the sister communities of Southampton, which sustained greater damage, should receive whatsoever assistance would have gone to us." (Syndicated: Tipton Tribune, 28 September 1938

Marriage Notes for Dorothy Pearson and Edward White

Edward Post White, Jr., Dorothy May Pearson White, and Edward Pearson White (circa 1927)

Miss Pearson, of Bermuda, weds Captain Edward P. White, Jr.

      The Old Post House was the scene on Saturday evening [26 Jun 1923] ,of a very beautiful home wedding when Miss Dorothy May Pearson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James R. Pearson, of St. George's, Bermuda, was united in marriage to Capt. Edward Post White, Jr., of this village.
      About sixty near relatives and family friends were present to extend their good wishes and the occasion was a very informal one. The very impressive ceremony, in which the ring was used, was performed by the Rev. Jesse Halsey of Cincinnati, Ohio, an uncle of the bridegroom. Miss Daisy Pearson, sister of the bride, was maid of honour. The bride was given away by her mother and the best man was Harry Halsey White, the bridegroom's brother. Elizabeth White was bridesmaid; Helen Halsey and Nancy Herrick were flowers girls; Charles and Frederick Halsey were the pages.
      The bridal arch was of Dorothy Perkins roses. Pink roses and seasonal garden flowers were everywhere about the living rooms. The bride was gowned in white georgette over white satin with veil of tulle and orange blossoms. Her bouquet of Marechal Niel roses. The bridesmaids wore white over pink and carried bouquets of pink and white sweet peas. The flower girls were in pink carrying baskets of sweet peas. The bride's mother wore grey and carried lavender and pink sweet peas. The wedding march was played by Francis Moore of New York, who rendered also, several musical selections and just before the entrance of the bridal party, "Because," by Teschmacher, was sung by Edwin Swain.
      After the ceremony the bridal couple received the congratulations of their friends and a collation was served The wedding cake, made by the bride, by an old family recipe, was brought from Bermuda with her.
      Many beautiful and useful gifts were presented to the young couple, both by friends here and in Bermuda, where a farewell reception had been given for Miss Pearson just before she left her Island home.
      After some difficulty in getting away the bridal couple left for a short wedding journey, after which they will be at home with the bridegroom's parents for a few weeks until sailing for Galveston, where Capt. White is making his headquarters at present.
      The marriage marks another milestone in a romance which began during the war, when Capt. White, then second officer on the S.S. Pathfinder, paid an unexpected visit to Bermuda. The ship which was carrying foodstuffs and ammunition to Italian ports, lost her propeller in mid-ocean and for a week was drifting at the mercy of the January gales. Battered and out of provisions they were at last picked up by an English steamer and towed into Bermuda. Here, at this time, Capt. White and Miss Pearson met and though his errands on the sea have carried him to many ports, and Bermuda could very seldom become his destination, yet their romance has developed and reached its happy climax in their marriage on Saturday evening beneath the roof of the hospitable old house which has been the home of Capt. White's family for many generations.

Letter from Francis G. Peabody to Jesse Halsey

Francis Greenwood Peabody was born in Boston on December 4, 1847, to Mary Jane Derby and Ephraim Peabody, a Unitarian minister. After Ephraim Peabody's untimely death in 1856, his former congregation provided the funds for his son's education. Francis graduated from Harvard College (1869) and received degrees from the Divinity School (1872) and from the Graduate School (1872).
After a brief time as chaplain and teacher at Antioch College in Ohio, Peabody served as minister at the First Parish in Cambridge, a Unitarian church. In 1880, Peabody became a lecturer on ethics and homiletics at Harvard Divinity School. He subsequently served as the Parkman Professor of Theology (1881–1886), Preacher to the University (1886–1906), Plummer Professor of Christian Morals (1886–1912), and Dean of the Divinity School (1901–1906).
Although Peabody strongly influenced the religious, moral, and philosophical climate of Harvard as the University Preacher and Plummer Professor, his most enduring achievement was his introduction of the study of social ethics to the Divinity School and Harvard College. Peabody's social ethics courses stressed the need to study the religious and social implications stimulated by industrialization, and he championed social-science methodology, the case study method, and liberal interpretations of the New Testament. In his teaching, preaching, and writing, Peabody characterized Christianity as a religion that required Christians to act as agents of social change, de-emphasizing personal salvation in favor of social action. He also used photography to document social problems and strengthen support for social reform.

Letter from Irvine L. Dungan to Jesse Halsey

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

"generally gone to pieces"

Letter from Rev. Charles F. Goss to Jesse Halsey

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Letter from George Heatheole Hills to JH

May 1928

Letter from Rev. Walter H. Reynolds to Jesse Halsey

May 22, 1928

Dr. Grenfell's Schooner | July 4, 1912

The Montreal Gazette

Mission Schooner Arrives | Boston Evening Transcript

October 15, 1912

Progress of the Labrador Work | June 4, 1910

oston Evening Transcript
Boston Evening Transcript

Pittsburgh Daily Times | June 2, 1922

The Southeast Missourian | June 3, 1922

News of the Week of Churches of Cape Girardeau

Preacher Has Sense of Humor | June 9, 1922

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Poughkeepsie Eagle-News | June 3, 1922

"The Rev. Jesse Halsey, pastor of the Seventh Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, and the sign that adorns the front of his church. Someone wrote to the Rev. Mr. Halsey that the church was full of hypocrites and the wise preacher added: 'There is Always Room for One More.' This is the explanation of the strange sign which worries many who happen to pass the fashionable and wealthy church located in the suburb of Walnut Hills."

"He can crowd in another 'hypocrite'"

Toronto Blade | June 8, 1922

Letter from Cranford Wheeler to Jesse Halsey

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Reminder of The Red Stairs | St. Anthony, Newfoundland

April 6, 1910

Letter from Harry Blocher to Jesse Halsey


Letter from Rev. V. W. Jackson to Jesse Halsey

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

Letter from Frederick D. Niedermeyer to Jesse Halsey 1916

Frederick D. Niedermeyer | Princeton Seminary '09

With thanks to: The Jesse Halsey Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.

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