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James Warley Miles papers

Identifier: Mss 0008

Collection Overview

Papers consist of correspondence, transcripts of Miles' sermons and addresses, notes for a sermon, clippings, and biographical materials. Letters and notes include a letter (1852 March 5) to Miles from Henry D. Lesesne asking Miles to preach at Calvary Church, a note (1870 May 26) from C.G. Poyas regarding the transmission of a gift volume to Miles, and a typescript copy of a letter (1857 April 1) from Miles to Mr. [Robert Newman?] Gourdin concerning the number of volumes in the College of Charleston library, a deposit of valuable scientific books at the College Library, and Miles' personal library. Writings consist of handwritten transcripts (n.d.) of a sermon and an address by James Warley Miles, a typewritten transcript (carbon) of a sermon entitled "The Messiahship of Christ" (published in the News and Courier May 14, 1875), and [holograph?] notes for a sermon. Clippings include an address entitled "Woman's Education" delivered by Miles at the closing exercises of a women's seminary, and a newspaper article (ca. 1874) concerning Miles' "farewell discourse before taking his departure for Camden."


  • Creation: 1852-1970
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1852-1875


Language of Material

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Minister, educator, theologian, and librarian. Miles was born in St. Matthew's Parish, South Carolina, studied theology at the General Theological Seminary (N.Y.), and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1843. In the same year Miles became a missionary to Mesopotamia (Armenia and Constantinople), where he remained until returning to South Carolina in 1848. He officiated briefly at St. John's Church, Colleton (John's Island, S.C.) and from May to October 1849, in St. Michael's Church (Charleston, S.C.). In 1849 his sermons were collected and published as "Philosophic Theology: or, Ultimate Grounds of All Religious Belief Based in Reason." In 1850 Miles accepted the Chair of the History of Intellectual Philosophy and Greek Literature at the College of Charleston, and in 1855 he took the position of Librarian of the college. Appointed Professor of Ancient Languages in 1865, Miles resigned this post in 1871 due to poor health. In 1874 Miles retired to Camden (S.C.), where he assumed the rectorship of Grace Church.


0.25 linear feet (1 slim document box)

Inventory of the James Warley Miles Papers, 1852-1970 (bulk 1852-1875)
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