Journal of David McDonald

Journal of David McDonald

David McDonald, Indiana University School of Law

Original is housed in the Jerome Hall Law Library.


Handwritten journal of David McDonald who is recognized as the first Professor of Law at Indiana University. The journal is undated but contains a transcribed article from the Cincinnati Gazette dated April 17, 1865.

McDonald was born in Millersburg, Kentucky and moved to Indiana when he was 14, in 1817. He eventually became a school teacher in Washington, before meeting a local lawyer who encouraged him to study law. He was licensed to practice in the Circuit Courts in 1830. He served as a member of the Indiana Legislature (1833-34) as well as being elected judge of the 10th Circuit Court in 1841, before joining the University. After retiring in 1852 he was presented with an honorary LL.D. degree. He died August 25, 1869 and is buried at Crown Hill Cometary in Indianapolis.

The journal paginated, indexed and divided into sections covering a wide variety of subjects.

Subjects covered in the journal:

Anecdotes and Sayings, p.1

Natural Law, p.2

The Beautiful and the Good, p.4

Spanish Absurdity, p.5

Harvard University, p.6

Muhammadan Dialog, p.6

Divisions of the Books of the Bible, p.8

The Septuagint, p.9

Books, p.11

Anger, p.15

Prayer, p.18

Jewish Laws, Tradition, p.28

Human Depravity, p.53

The Ancient Philosophies, p.58

Fourteen pages of names and years of the following rulers: Distinguished Sovereigns and their Eras of the Roman Empire, Roman Emperors, Eastern Roman Emperors, Frankish Sovereigns, French Sovereigns, Kings of England, Emperors of Germany, Kings of Scotland, Sovereigns of Spain, p.64

Peruvian Bark-Quinine, p.78

The Deductive and Inductive Philosophies, p.79

Loss of Life in the War of Rebellion of 1861, p.82

Monasticism, p.84

The Gypsies p.87

Abelard, p.88

Martyrs, p.90

Ebionism, p.91

Is Matter Eternal?, p.92

Prophecy, p.96

An Army Moving (An excerpt from an article from the Cincinnati Gazette from April 17, 1865), p.99

A Religion without a God, p.100

A Puzzle, p.102

Rambles among Words, p.104

The Celebrated Catholic Maxim, p.137

The Mariner’s Compass, p.138

Woman, p.140

Curious Ecclesiastical Items, p.144

Sumptuary Laws, p.150

Theaters, p.152

Remarkable Facts Relating to the Occurrence in the Bible of the Names of the Deity-God and Lord-Elohim and Jehovah, p.154

Bible Names of the Deity, p.158

Resemblances between Stories Sacred and Profane, p.162

The Infinite Benevolence of the Deity, p.178

Human Sacrifices, p.187

Amazons, p.191

The Golden Rush, p.194

Fate and Predestination, p.196

Polytheism, p.202

The Essenes, p.218

Monotheism, p.222

Mahomet, p.24

Michael Servetus, p.226

The Test of Right and Wrong, p.251

Delicacy, p.258

Is the Existence of the Deity Provable by the Works of Natures, p.266

Vegetarians—The Buddhists, p.274

Superstition—Bigotry—Ignorance, p.276

Chronology, p.286

Fables and Fabulous Stories, p.298

Sacrifices, p.308

Jonathan Edwards, p.318

Continued from p.15: Anger, p.319

Continued from p.177: Resemblances between Sacred & Profane Stories, p.322

Handwritings, p.328

Wise Words, p.336

John Calvin, p.362

Martin Luther, p.374

Pythagoras, p.382

Unitarians, p.394

Apparent Death, p.400

The Catholic Trinity, p.322

Spiritualizing Scripture, p.425

Homer, p.427

Numbers of the Remaining Religions, p.429

Sacred Song, p.430

False Promises, p.448

Index, p.458