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Box 1

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Contains 9 Collections and/or Records:

Instructions for Superiors and Students at Georgetown College and Retreat Notes, 1815 - 1816

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 6
Scope and Contents Manuscript essay by Brother Mobberly that outlines rules for superiors and those studying for the priesthood at Georgetown College, a method of meditation, notes for an eight-day retreat and St. Ignatius’ spiritual exercises.

Treatise on Slavery - Cham (1 of 2), 1823-08

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7
Scope and Contents In this essay, Brother Mobberly addresses the question of whether it is possible to serve God and own human beings. He cites Biblical passages that justify the authority of owners, the duty of obedience by enslaved people, and natural inequalities among animals. His racial theory rests primarily on his belief that the descendants of Noah were progenitors of the races and focuses particularly on the Africans as descendants of Cham. This volume includes a transcript of an essay on the sorcery of...

Treatise on Slavery - Cham (2 of 2), 1823

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 8
Scope and Contents A draft of Mobberly's essay "Treatise on Slavery -- Cham." A transcription is available (see link under "External Documents," below)

Livingston's Conversion ("Wizard's Clip")

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 9
Scope and Contents Brother Mobberly's narrative of the demonic possession at the property of Adam Livingston in Morgantown, W.V., a ghost story popularly known as “Wizard’s Clip.”

Memoranda (1 of 5), 1823

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Scope and Contents Memoir that includes Brother Mobberly's assessment of property damage at St. Inigoes during the War of 1812 and the transfer of enslaved people by Southern Maryland planters to the District of Columbia to prevent their escape to the British; the thwarted attempt of the Jesuits to sell enslaved people from Bohemia; an exposition of his management practices to support his argument that the Jesuits should reduce its slaveholdings for economic reasons; his dispute with Reverend Stephen Balch, a...

Memoranda (2 of 5), 1824-10-20 - 1825-03-18

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Scope and Contents Memoir that includes Brother Mobberly's recollections of the pastoral circuit of St. Inigoes and his friendship with Leonard Neale, S.J., and observations of spiritual phenomena including the miracles that cured Ann Mattingly of Georgetown and Sister Beatrix Myers of Georgetown Visitation.

Memoranda (3 of 5), 1825-10-17 - 1826-01-17

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 3
Scope and Contents Memoir that includes notes on health and medicine, the visit of Marquis de Lafayette to the District of Columbia, the infestation of the boll weevil that was destroying wheat in Georgetown and surrounding area, and passing comments on slavery.

Memoranda (4 of 5), 1827

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 4
Scope and Contents Memoir that explores agricultural management, particularly the suitability of Truth & Trust for grain production and measures needed to protect Georgetown and surrounding areas from the boll weevil. He also provides statements on the damages sustained at St. Inigoes during the War of 1812.

Memoranda (5 of 5), 1827-09

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 5
Scope and Contents Brother Mobberly elaborates upon his Biblical interpretation of race and his theories of civil society.