John M. King:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Heinz Kattenfeld and Richard E. Bennett
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (June 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 63, PC 82 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Collection Summary

Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

John M. King

John King fonds


1.8 m of textual records. -- 39 photographs. -- 1 album.

MSS 63, PC 82


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Biography of John M. King


The Archives & Special Collections of the University of Manitoba Libraries is honoured to house one of the premier private religious collections available anywhere in western Canada--the John Mark King Papers. Rev. John Mark King (1829-1899) came to Canada from Scotland in 1856 to work as a home missionary, accepted the ministry of St. James Square Presbyterian Church in Toronto in 1863, and later the Principalship of Winnipeg's Manitoba College in 1883 as well as minister of St. Stephen's Presbyterian Church. King's only daughter, Helen, married the famous Canadian novelist, Ralph Connor, whose real name was Rev. Charles William Gordon. The extensive Connor Collection, also owned by the Department, was donated by the same surviving family members and the two collections are very much inter-related.

The Collection's substantial correspondence and sermons offer rare insights into life in early Winnipeg, the development of Manitoba College, the Presbyterian Church of Canada, and leading theological discussions and debates of the day. It promises to be of use to serious scholars for years to come.

Biographical Sketch

(This eulogy-like overview of Rev. King's life is attributed to a colleague, Hugh Robertson, see box 14, fd.12)

"John Mark King was born in the village of Yitholm, Boxburghshire, Scotland, on 29 May 1829, descended from a long line of godly ancestors. There brought up in rural surroundings, in view of the Cheviot Hills, he became imbued with a love of nature which continued strong to the end of his years. In the parish school he laid the foundation of a sound and solid education. while still quite young he entered the University of Edinburgh, where he gained distinction in several departments, especially in mathematics. Under the influence of Sir William Hamilton he became a faithful adherent of the system of Scottish Philosophy, and continued its exponent to the end of his life. While attending the university he engaged in tutorial work and after completing his course there spent some time in Germany, having under his charge two long lads, who later rose to eminent legal prominence in Scotland.

In due course he enrolled in the Divinity Hall of the United Presbyterian Church, receiving there his training in Theology. In that institution he associated with a band of earnest and devoted fellow students and with whom he formed lifelong friendships--such men as Professor Calderwood and David Cairns and others. In Germany he attended the University of Halle, enjoying the teaching of such erudite and distinguished men as Muller, Thorluck and Neander. There too he acquired that proficiency in the German language which he afterwards turned to good account as a teacher and also qualified him for preaching, as he sometimes did to a German congregation in their native language.

At that time few students at the University of Edinburgh took a degree in arts, which could be obtained, not upon passing the annual or terminal examination, but only after a special and entirely distinct course of examinations. This examination he passed with success in the spring of 1856, and obtained the degree of M.A.

In the same year, 1856, upon completing his theological course, he came to Canada under the auspices of the colonial committee of the United Presbyterian Church. Desirous of becoming thoroughly acquainted with the country and its needs, and imbued even then with that zeal for home missions and church extension, which was a leading feature of his whole life, he for a time declined all overtures for a permanent settlement, and gave himself to exploring and home missions, with the result that not a few flourishing congregations were founded and nourished, among them Galt, Ingersoll and Columbus.

After more than a year spent in this important work he accepted a call from the congregation of Columbus and Brooklyn in The Presbytery of Whitby. There in a settlement of farmers mostly from the south of Scotland, he spent about six years in the active discharge of pastoral duties.

In 1863 a call to leave this rural parish came from the congregation of Gould Street church, Toronto, which afterward became St. James Square Church. This congregation had been first organized in 1853 as the Second United Presbyterian congregation and had in 1856, when everything in the city seemed flourishing, incurred considerable debt in building a new church. Soon after, hard times set in and stopped the growth of the congregation. The first pastor resigned and returned to Scotland. The continued existence of the congregation seemed doubtful. But Dr. Burns of the college came to the rescue and carried on for two years, then advised and encouraged the people to call a young man and Mr. King was invited to come.

Mr. King was already well known to the congregation through his intimacy with the first pastor. To extend this call, offering even the moderator stipend which they did, required faith on the part of the people. To accept it required no less exercise of faith on the part of him to whom it was given.

Having put his hand to the plough, Mr. King never looked back and devoted all his energies to building up the congregation. Before many years it held a foremost place in the Canada Presbyterian Church. Its early debts had been paid off: the building had been enlarged and enlarged until a new site had to be secured on St. James Square, where a handsome stone church was erected and opened for public worship in 1879.

In 1873 Mr. King was married to Miss Janet Macpherson Skinner, a lady who had for some years carried on with her sister, in Toronto, a large school for young ladies. Of Mrs. King it is scarcely possible to speak in too high terms; she was a woman of the finest sensibility and beauty of disposition, highly educated and refined, sanctified by earnest and humble piety. During a married life, alas too short, she was the support and stay of her husband, assisting him in every good work.

In 1882 Knox College, having received the power to confer degrees in divinity, recognized the merits of Mr. King, and as the first exercise of its newly acquired power conferred the degree of D.D. upon him.

As a preacher and pastor the work of Dr. King was outstanding. His sermons, prepared with the utmost care, dealt with the great things of the Kingdom and were distinguished at once by their thorough exposition of Divine truth and by their faithfulness of application to the heart and conscience of the hearer. There was nothing showy either in the sermon or its delivery, but the mental power of the preacher, the completeness with which he handled his theme, and his intense desire to reach the soul, made a very deep impression. His style was polished and earnest, and everyone listening to him felt that he was speaking on the theme which he had thoroughly mastered, and of the importance of which he was convinced. That his preaching was of a high class was amply proved by his having as members of his congregation, such men as Sir Oliver Morvat, Principal Caven, and Honourable George Brown. Students of the University seemed especially attracted by his preaching, although no doubt his hearty sympathy with them and interest in them had great magnetic power. Gould Street Church was known as the students church, and at one time the names of over seventy students in arts, medicine, and divinity could be found on the communion roll. Not only students of the Presbyterian Church came under his influence. A prominent clergyman of the Episcopal Church once said on a public platform, that to Dr. King he owed a great deal of his theology. While a student at the university, he had attended Dr. King's Bible Class.

In the discharge of pastoral duties, he was ever painstaking and conscientious. Of a sensitive and sympathetic nature, he felt an interest in every member of his congregation. His interest in them did not end when they removed to a distance, but followed them to their new homes. In the last year of his life, at the close of the summer session he paid a lengthened visit to Toronto, where he visited every family still remaining which had been connected with the congregation during his ministry.

To the importance of church extension in such a growing city as Toronto, Dr. King was fully alive. He constantly noted signs of progress in every part of the city, and with the assistance of one or two members of his congregation, was in the habit of buying a lot in any locality in which there seemed an indication that a church might in the near future be judicially planted. Sometime the expectations were not realized and then the lot not required was sold, where an advance on the price was got, the gain was always applied to further the great end in view. Several congregations in Toronto benefited in their earlier years from Dr. King's forethought in this direction.

To the interests of Knox College no small amount of time and labour was devoted. He was an active member of the board of management and of the Senate, and was for years chairman of the board of examiners. The providing scholarships for students still in their university course, but intending to study for the ministry, was first prepared by him, and for many years the founding and endowing such scholarships occupied much of his time and attention.

In 1883 he was chosen moderator of the General Assembly. At the Assembly that year a memorial from the Presbytery of Manitoba, asking the appointment of a professor of theology in the College of Manitoba, came up to be considered. After deliberation, it was resolved to grant the request and Dr. King was the unanimous choice of the Assembly, called to be the first principal and professor of theology in that college. The appointment to this important position was accepted by Dr. King and in accepting it he gave striking proof of his readiness to follow that he believed to be the line of duty.

His fitness for the office was beyond all doubt. Leaving the University an accomplished scholar, his acquirements in that line had not been allowed to deteriorate, even during the years of a busy pastorate. A good classical and Hebrew Scholar, he was thoroughly acquainted with German, and had a competent knowledge of French. Although the department in which he seems chiefly to have excelled at the University had been mathematics, he was well read in mental science, and had thought deeply on the great problems with which it dealt. He had all his life been a devoted student of Scripture, and while holding firmly by the faith which he learned in his youth, made himself acquainted with modern theological literature, and with the views held and promulgated by critics of the more advanced school.

To leave a comfortable position in Ontario, an attached congregation, and the companionship of men with whom he had been closely associated in church work, and by whom he was highly esteemed and honoured, involved no small sacrifice. As coming to Toronto twenty years before required faith and courage, so to undertake the duty now assigned to him required the exercise of the same qualities, for it was no light one.

The College of Manitoba had its beginning as a school in connection with the congregation of Kildonan, which, after obtaining an act of incorporation as a college was removed to the city of Winnipeg. Here valuable property was acquired and a large building erected during the period of excitement and inflation, so memorable in the history of that city. In connection with this building and the carrying on of the institution a considerable debt had been incurred, amounting to $40,000. This debt, a heavy burden under any circumstances, was felt the more heavily owing to the depressed condition of the city and province following the era of wild speculation which to so many brought financial ruin. To clear off this debt and place the institution upon a stable and satisfactory footing was the task undertaken by Dr. King, in addition to the work of teaching both in Arts and Theology. Dr. King had the faculty of inspiring the Church and the public with confidence in any undertaking which received his advocacy and by perseverance and hard labour he succeeded in a few years in removing the entire debt.

Almost as soon as this had been accomplished the improvement of the college building, enlarging and remodelling was begun. This work which cost $43,000 was completed in 1892. Not only was Dr. King a very liberal subscriber to the building fund originally but when the time came round at which a large subscription promised conditionally upon the total cost being raised within a given time became payable he, in order to secure it, advanced several thousand dollars taking the risk of collecting the subscriptions then remaining unpaid. A great part of these, it is believed, he never succeeded in collecting but on this head no definite information could ever be got. Such was the large generosity of the man.

In 1886 Dr. King met with a severe bereavement in the death of Mrs. King, who was taken away after years of suffering from a painful and incurable malady borne with Christian resignation and even cheerfulness. This stroke was soon followed by another in the death of his son, a bright and handsome boy who died after a little more than twenty-four hours illness during his father's absence from home. In the convocation hall of the college Dr. King placed a beautiful window as a memorial of his wife and, by his will, he made provision for endowing a scholarship in memory of his son.

As a teacher Dr. King was most successful. A friend, himself a professor in one of our colleges, has written of him: "Although he always contended that the pulpit was the minister's throne, his friends thought that, in his case, the professor's chair was the centre from which he touched the lives of others to largest issues. He focused his resources upon his class-room. With interest in each of his students, with a special gift for awakening thought and stimulating inquiry, he moved men to seek something of the mental activity and thoroughness that has so distinctively characterized himself."

Besides teaching theology, Dr. King taught in the faculty of Arts both mental science and German. Ever since the summer session in theology was begun in 1893, his teaching in Arts during the winter months went on, and thus for years he taught eleven months continuously in each and every year. So pressing did he feel the claim of the College that he could not be induced to take a rest and vacation. When his last illness came, it came to a frame enfeebled by the excessive work of years. An attack of pneumonia, following influenza, though his life was at one time despaired of, was overcome, and for nearly a month restoration to some degree of strength was hoped for even though progress might be slow. But after the excessive toil of body and strain of mind for years the vital powers were so enfeebled that he could not rally and so on the 5th of March, 1899 he passed away--passed away from here to receive yonder the welcome: Good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

This Collection will be of value to a great many scholars with wide-ranging interests. To begin, the correspondence is rich and diverse. Every one of the 1,435 handwritten letters was written in the nineteenth century, dating from an 1822 letter from Rev. King's father to an older son, to a letter dated 1900, shortly after King's death (1829-1899). Of these four hundred and thirty-one of the letters are in King's own hand, mostly written to his wife and family between 1874 and 1886. The rest are from family members and a large number of friends and professional acquaintances including a score of fellow Presbyterian ministers from Scotland, the United States and eastern Canada, a good number of the leading theologians of the day (including Henry Calderwood, William Craven, William Kerr, James Parlane, and others), and leaders in the Winnipeg community of the early 1880's and 1890's who worked with Principal King in developing Manitoba College (George Bryce and Daniel W. Gordon). His family correspondence is particularly full with letters not only from wife and children but also from his son-in-law, Charles William Gordon (Ralph Connor), a collection which clearly documents an unfavourable rift between these two noted ministers. A compulsive letter writer, the collection offers fine insights into the man and his times.

The correspondence reveals much about the degree to which, among Presbyterians at least, Canada and Scotland formed a single community in the latter half of the nineteenth century. And in conjunction with King's sermons and lectures, the papers represent one of the best primary resources available to understand the theological currents of the times--i.e., Biblical criticism, the rising social gospel, and liberal theology. Of particular interest to a Manitoba audience, the letters tell much of early Winnipeg and indeed of Western Canada since King took up his calling here in 1883 soon after the famous boom and bust days of very early Winnipeg. His descriptions of local life, as well as those offered by his wife, have never before been seen. Moreover, his travels throughout Canada and the United States are well documented and his scores of friends everywhere discuss matters as divergent as the U.S. Civil War, Canadian elections, and small town life. In short, the letters are an intimate insight into the daily life of the time, of social conditions, of intimate personal problems and aspirations, and of life in the Church.

Throughout the finding aid, the number of letters in any one folder are bracketed for control purposes. And it is possible that unknown to us, some of the letters filed under "friends" may in fact be from distant, or at least unidentified, family members.

The sermons and discourses, on the other hand, are of one mind and soul--that of King himself. Such an extensive collection of over one thousand handwritten sermons given by this student of the scriptures (King received his D.D. degree from Knox College in 1882 after a life time in the pulpit) and preached between 1865 and 1889, is incredibly complete and replete with his theological perspectives and views. No student of the social gospel or of the liberal theology of the day, King preached a very scriptural, Christ-centred gospel, very much attuned to such topics as the Atonement, Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, Faith, Charity and Grace. More than a moral philosopher or religious commentator of his time, King was a leading theologian and a powerful, preaching Christian minister and educator more concerned with ultimate salvation than mere ethics or social improvements of the day. There are few such extensive collections of sermons extant anywhere else in Canada today.

Professor Gordon Harland, a retired professor of Religion here at the University of Manitoba, transcribed several of King's most often-delivered sermons.

Much the same can be said of his lectures, Biblical commentaries, and philosophical studies. Unfortunately less is found here about his work in operating Manitoba College, forerunner of the University of Winnipeg, than one might expect. However, from the cash books and letters available, it is obvious that King contributed significantly to the much improved financial strength of the young.

A small photograph collection (PC 82), mainly of family and students, embellishes the papers.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 7 series.

  • A. Correspondence 1822-1899
  • B. Sermons 1847-1885
  • C. Lectures/Notes/Commentaries 1853-1896 and n.d.
  • D. Administrative Records 1884-1888 and n.d.
  • E. Personal Records 1873-1875 and n.d.
  • F. Publications 1843-1920 and n.d.
  • Photograph Collection, [ca. 187-?]-1885 and n.d.

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Arrangement of the Papers

The collection arrived in little or no order. Consequently it was decided to arrange the collection by major groupings, beginning with the correspondence, then sermons, discourses, and lastly, peronal items and his publications. The correspondence was sub-ordered by family letters, special event letters and ministerial and friendship letters. Sermons were kept in the sequential order in which they arrived. Some re-ordering was required for the lectures and commentaries. The exegetical studies were re-arranged according to Biblical order. The collection contains some six or more published pamphlets of his sermons or essays, but whether or not this is a complete collection of his works is not know.

Other sub-groupings of manuscripts include his personal essays, a very few administrative records of early Manitoba College including, however, the original Bank book, some of Rev. King's own personal and financial records, a scrapbook and various dedications to him, and, lastly, essays and sermons by Rev. King which were printed and circulated during his lifetime.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions have been placed on the use of the collection although scholars must abide by departmental rules and by the copyright laws of Canada as amended by parliament from time-to-time.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

A. Correspondence 1822-1899
I. Family Letters
a) From J.M. King to his wife, Janet, 1874-79
11 1874-79

(50 letters)

2 1877-79


3 May-August 1880


4 While on a trip to Kingston and New York, 1881


5 1882-83


6 1884 and 1886


17 From Mrs. J.M. King to her husband, 1873


8 From Mrs. J.M. King and daughter Helen to J.M. King, 1874 and 1884


9 From Mrs. J.M. King to her husband, 1883


10 From Mrs. J.M. King and daughter Helen to J.M. King, 1883-85


c) From J.M. King to his daughter, Helen
111 1890; 1896-97


21 1896 (15)
2 1897


3 1898


24 d) From J.M. King to William Gordon (son-in- law), 1889-99


5 e) From William Gordon to J.M. King, 1897-98


6 f) From J.M King to his son, John, and vice versa, 1881-87


7 g) From William S. King (brother) to J.M. King, 1852-86


8 h) From James M. King (brother) to J.M. King, 1852-74


i) From Isabella King Watt (sister) to J.M. King
29 1853-86


10 n.d.


211 j) From Isabella King Watt to her niece, Helen King, 1896-97


12 k) To Mrs. J.M. King from her sister, Helen ?, 1856-86


13 l) From cousins to J.M. King, 1860's


14 m) Other family letters


15 n) From J.M King's father, Mark, 1822


II. Special Occasion Letters
216 a) Letters of congratulations from friends upon Rev. King's receiving his D.D. degree from Knox College, 1882


17 b) Letters of congratulations from friends upon Rev. King's appointment as Principal of Manitoba College, 1883


18 c) Letters of concern from friends to Mrs. J.M. King during her prolonged illness, 1882-86


31 d) Letters of sympathy from friends to J.M. King at the death of his wife, Janet King, August-September, 1886


2 Letters of sympathy from friends to J.M. King at the death of his wife, Janet King, October 1886-April 1887


3 e) Letters of concern from friends to J.M. King during his terminal illness, 1899


III. Friendship & Ministerial Letters - Incoming
34 a) - Various correspondents, 1859-97


35 Various correspondents, 1849-73


6 Balenny, Stephan, 1858


7 Ballentyne, W.D., 1867-99


8 Beattie, Francis R., 1880-99


9 Brown, Edith, 1896


10 Brown, James, 1855-56


11 Bryce, George, 1883-88


312 Various correspondents, 1853-86


13 Cairns, David, 1849- ?


14 Cairns, David, 1853-79


15 Calderwood, Henry & Anne, 1862-96


16 Craven, William & Mary, 1859-98


317 Various correspondents, 1855-98


18 Dalglish, James


19 Dodge, William E.


20 Douglas, James


21 Dunn, J.


22 Duval, Frederic & Lina


323 Various correspondents, 1853-91


24 Eastern, Stephen, 1848-56


25 Fotheringham, D., 1863-70


26 Gordon, Daniel W., 1883


327 Various correspondents, 1852-95


28 Hamilton, Robert, 1857-59


29 Hart, Isabella, 1896-97


30 Hart, Thomas, 1870-92


41 Henderson, E.G., 1870-92


2 Holiday, Henry, 1892-97


43 Various correspondents, 1853-98


4 Inglis, William, 1859-80


5 Kennedy, Alexander, 1856-57


6 Kerr, William, 1868-87


7 Kilpatrick, T.B., 1878-99


48 Various correspondents, 1854-68


49 Various correspondents, 1868-97


10 Mackay, A.J.G., 1860's


11 Mackenzie, Alexander, 1868


(later Prime Minister of Canada)

412 Various correspondents, 1854-1900


13 McOwat, Helen, 1857


414 Various correspondents, 1852-99


15 Parlane, James, 1856-88


16 from J.M. King to James Parlane, 1865-83


17 Pitblado, Isaac, 1883


18 Pringle, Agnes, 1880-84
19 Ratcliffe, John, 1858-68


20 Robertson, James, 1855-88


421 Various correspondents, 1852-97


22 Salmond, William 1856


23 Scott, James, 1849-61


24 Scott, William, 1850-57


25 Smith, Donald, 1895


26 Swedden, George, 1850-59


427 Various correspondents, 1849-73


28 Taylor, William, 1886-93


429 Various correspondents, 1854-97


430 UNKNOWN - 1853-99


III. Friendship & Ministerial Letters - Outgoing
431 Letters from J.M. King, 1859-98


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B. Sermons 1847-1885
51 Master Subject/Date Index - Old Testament (Toronto Ministry), 1865-82
2 Master Subject/Date Index - New Testament (Toronto Ministry), 1865-82
3 Master Subject Index (Winnipeg Ministry), 1883-85
Sermons (numbered)
54 1-49
5 50-99
6 100-149
7 150-199
8 200-249
9 250-299
10 300-349
11 350-399
61 400-449
2 450-499
3 500-549
4 550-599
5 600-649
6 650-699
7 700-749
8 750-799
71 800-849
2 850-899
3 900-949
4 950-999
5 1000-1049
6 1050-1099
7 Uncertain numbers
8 Children's Sermons, 1883
9 "Popular Sermon", 1885
10 Sermon Fragments
11 Not numbered (1847-50)
12 Missing sermons - notes
13 Sermons arranged by book of the New Testament

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C. Lectures/Notes/Commentaries 1853-1896 and n.d.
I. Biblical Exegesis - Old Testament
81 Readings in the Old & New Testament, [1875?]
Biblical Exegesis:
82 Genesis 1-3, 1886
3 Genesis 27-43, 1883
4 Genesis; Isaiah, 1884-85
5 Genesis & Exodus - The Covenant & Call of Abraham
6 Exodus 20-24; Leviticus 1 & 16, 1894
7 Leviticus 1-8, 1891, 1896
8 Numbers 11, 1861
9 Joshua 1-5, 1887
10 Psalms 1-9, 1892
11 Psalms 4-49, 1891
12 Psalms 19-107, 1853-89
13 Psalms 84-85, 1891
14 Isaiah 1-14, 1888
15 Isaiah 28-32, 1891
16 Haggai 1-2, 1896
17 Narratives of the Manifestation of the Risen Christ, 1895
II. Biblical Exegesis - New Testament
Biblical Exegesis:
91 Matthew 5-7 - Sermon on the Mount, 1884-86
2 Matthew 5 & 13, 1884
3 Luke 1-2, 1885-88
4 Acts 1-3, 1887
5 Acts 4-9, 1887
6 Philippians 1-4, n.d.
7 Philippians 4:6 et al, 1853
8 Hebrews 1-2, 1886
9 Hebrews 1-2, 1886
10 Hebrews 3-6, 1886
11 1 John 1-2:27, 1888
12 1 John 2:29-4:21, 1885
III. Biblical Class Instructions
913 Revised Version of New Testament, 1881-82
14 Personal teachings of Jesus Christ, 1880-81
15 Acts 1-9, 1877
16 Acts 1-10, 1882-83
17 1 John 1-5, n.d.
18 Communicant's Class - Course of study, 1881-83
19 Communicant's Class - Course of study, 1881
IV. Notes on Philosophy/Theology
101 Calderwood, Henry (1830-1877), 1884
2 Flint, Robert (1838-1910), n.d.
3 Gore, Charles (1853-1932), 1894
4-5 Hodge, Archibald Alexander (1932-1880), 1889
6 Jance, 1895

(Final Causes)

7 Kant, Immanuel (1724-1804)
8-10 Locke, John (1632-1704), 1885-91
11 Mill, John Stewart (1806-1873), 1885
12-14 Reid, John (1865-1891), 1893
111-2 Schwegler, Albert (1819-1857), 1884
3 Smith, George, (1856-1942), Adam/Mill, J.S., 1886
4 Tennyson, A.L. (1809-1892) - "In Memoriam", Ch. 1-79, 1879
5 Tennyson, A.L. - Prologue, Ch. 111, n.d.
6 "The Decrees of God" - A lecture on Predestination, 1890
7 Examination Questions on Theology & Doctrine, 1884
8 Examination Questions on Theology & Doctrine, 1885-92
9 Unknown (possible outline of a book on Goodness), n.d.
10 Lectures on an unknown philosopher
11 "History of Moral Philosophy", n.d.
12 "History of Moral Philosophy", 1895
V. Addresses & Discourses
At various church meetings and functions
121 1857-1865
2 1867-1889
3 n.d.
4 Discourses on the Old Testament, 1857, 1883
5 Discourses on the New Testament (John, Mark, James, 1 John), 1859, 1883
6 Discourses on the New Testament (Pauline letters), 1858, 1866, 1883
VI. Essays
127 Common-Place Book, 1878-81
8 Homiletics, Pastoral Theology, 1889
9 The Pastor in His Study, 1890
10 Fragments of Essays, n.d.
11 Fragments of Essays, n.d.
12 Fragments of Essays, [1886?]
VII. Student Notes
1213 Student notes on Rev. King's lectures, n.d.

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D. Administrative Records 1884-1888 and n.d.
1214 Manitoba College Bank Book, 1884-88
15 Church Membership Lists, n.d.

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E. Personal Records 1873-1875 and n.d.
1216 Financial Record Book, 1873-85
17 Vocabulary study, 1885
18 Fragments of his writings
19 Journal & reminiscences

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F. Publications 1843-1920 and n.d.
a) Prizes Awarded
131-2 Swift, Jonathan. The Works of Jonathan Swift, Containing Interesting and Valuable Papers not Hitherto Published . In two vol. (London: Henry G. Bohn, Covent Garden, 1843)
b) Dedications
133 Commemorative illuminated manuscript honouring Dr. King on the occasion of his leaving St. James Square Presbyterian Church for Winnipeg, 22 October 1883
c) Other
141 Methodist Hymnbook of J.M. King
2 "Silver Jubilee 1895-1920 of St. Stephen's Winnipeg"
3 Biographical sketches of and tributes to J.M. King
4 J.M. King. "The Religious Observance of Christmas", The Manitoba College Journal (Winnipeg: 1890)
5 J.M. King. "The Purely Ethical Gospel." A lecture delivered at Manitoba College, 30 March 1897. (Winnipeg: The Stovel Co., 1897)
6 J.M. King. "The Atonement." A lecture delivered at Manitoba College, 3 April 1895. (Winnipeg: The Stovel Co., 1895)
7 J.M. King. "Sabbath Observance and the Ground and Scope of Legislation Thereon. A Sermon by the Rev. Principal King, D.D." Preached 17 April 1898. (Winnipeg: The Manitoba Free Press Co., 1898)
8 J.M. King. "The Good Fight. A Sermon preached ... on Occasion of the Death of the Rev. Robert Burns, D.D. ... by Rev. John M. King, M.A." (Toronto: Adam, Stevenson & Co., King St. East, 1869)
9 "The Services Connected with the Close of the Pastorate of the Rev. John M. King, St. James Square Presbyterian Church, Toronto on Sabbath, October 21st, 1883." (Toronto: The Presbyterian Printing House, 1883)
10 J.M. King. "The Characteristics of Scottish Religious Life and Their Causes. Sermons Preached on Behalf of the St. Andrew's Society, Toronto, 1879 & 1882" (Toronto: Willing & Williamson, 1882)
11 Scrapbook of newsclippings on the life of J.M. King
12 Unauthored typed tribute to John Mark King (possibly by Hugh Robertson)
13 "Farewell Address from the Congregation of St. James Square Presbyterian Church, Toronto to the Rev. John M. King, 1883"

(A red-moroccan bound & illuminated manuscript)

1414 Letters/Envelopes
15 Programs, Listings
16 Tributes, clippings

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151 Gould St. Presbyterian Church ,Toronto - bible class lessons 1876-1877
2 King letter 1892
3 Manitoba College speeches ca. 1896
4 King sermons ca. 1898

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Photographs [ca. 187-?]-1885 and n.d.
11 Rev. John M. King, Pastor of St. James Square Church, Toronto, [ca.1877]
1 Rev. John M. King, Minister of St. James Square Church, Toronto, [ca.1877]
1 Stained print of John M. King, [ca.1885]
1 John Ralph King and Helen Skinner King, children of Rev. John M. King, Toronto, [ca.1870's]
1 Town of Yitholm, Scotland, John M. King's birthplace (epiatone)
1 Mrs. Janet King, wife of John M. King, Toronto, [ca.1870's]
Floral Album "Presented to the Reverend John M. King by the Students of Knox College on the occasion of his leaving Toronto to occupy the Position of Principal of Manitoba College Winnipeg, Toronto, 22 October [ 1883" ]
Alexander Hamilton
J.S. Mackay
A.A. Scott
R.I.M. Glossbond
J.M.D. Duncan
Unknown (female)
James Malcolm
A. Urquhart
W. Patterson
J.A. Jaffray & A.L.H. Rowrand
W.S. McTavish
Ino A. Ross
Alexander U. Campbell

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