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COLLECTION Identifier: bMS 494

The Optimist, n.d.

Typed manuscript for unpublished autobiographical novel entitled The Optimist by Civil War soldier and missionary Quillen Hamilton Shinn.


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Typed manuscript for unpublished autobiographical novel entitled The Optimist.

Biographical / Historical

Quillen Hamilton Shinn (1845-1907) served the Union during the Civil War and was a Confederate prisoner of war until the war ended. He graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1870 and served Universalist parishes in Tyngsboro, Dunstable, Lynn, Foxboro, and Mansfield, Massachusetts; Gaysville and Rutland, Vermont; Plymouth and Rochester, New Hampshire; Deering and Westbrook, Maine; and Omaha, Nebraska. From 1891 to 1907 Shinn worked as an itinerant missionary throughout the United States, establishing numerous parishes.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Unitarian Universalist Association and David E. Gardella.

Related Materials

For related collection, please see bMS 510.
Shinn, Q. H. (Quillen Hamilton), 1845-1907. The Optimist: A Finding Aid.
Andover-Harvard Theological Library

Repository Details

Part of the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School Repository

Special Collections at Andover-Harvard Theological Library preserves and makes accessible primary source materials documenting the history of religion and theology, with particular historical emphasis on American liberal religious traditions. Though the historical strengths of the collections have been in the field of Christianity, other religious traditions are increasingly reflected, in step with Harvard Divinity School's evolving focus on global religious studies.

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