Diaries, 1856-1885

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The Diaries series contains 21 diaries kept by Wood for the years 1856 to 1885. The journals dating from 1859 to 1866 reflect the the years Wood served as a missionary in China. Diary entries relate Wood's voyage to China, his observations on life and customs in China and on the Tai-Ping Rebellion, and the illness and death of his wife Ellen, who accompanied him to China.

Diaries from 1883 through 1885 provide some information on Trinity College in Randolph County, N.C. during Wood's tenure as president of the College. The journal from 1885 contains one entry describing Wood's resignation.

The remaining diaries detail Wood's career as an itinerant pastor, missionary, and presiding elder in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.


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