This collection contains letters written to the Rev. W.C. Daily (1818-1897) from various figures within the Church. These letters detail Daily's activities and efforts organizing Methodist Episcopal churches in East Tennessee, and touch upon such topics as funding and ways to improve church participation among African Americans. The letters are written primarily by Bishop Davis W. Clark, but also includes contributions from Bishop M. Simpson and others. The letters primarily cover the years 1864-1867, while another letter from 1883 is included as well.
W.C. Daily (1818-1897) was a pioneering figure in Tennessee's Methodist Church. He was a native of South Carolina who was ordained a minister in Virginia in 1848. He moved to Cleveland, Tennessee during the Civil War, and organized the first Northern conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the South. He was a presiding elder of the Church for 25 years, and except for a few years in California, eventually settled in Knoxville.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The Chattanooga Area Historical Association donated this collection to the University of Chattanooga on 1968 August 13.