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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1757- 1791

Series 2: Lady Huntingdon - George Washington study materials, 1783-1792

Series 3: Lady Huntingdon - Charles and Sally Wesley study materials, 1742-1775

Southern Methodist University

Collection on Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection on Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon
Dates: 1742-1791
Dates (Bulk): 1765-1791
Abstract: Bridwell Library’s collection on Selina Hastings (1707-1791), Countess of Huntingdon, comprises original and reproduction correspondence written by, to, and about the Countess between 1742 and 1791. A noteworthy philanthropist and religious leader in eighteenth-century England, Lady Huntingdon headed the Calvinist Methodist “Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion.” Lady Huntingdon’s correspondents in this collection include the Rev. Thomas Haweis, Judith Townsend Wordsworth Haweis, George Washington, Charles Wesley, and Sarah (Sally) Gwynne Wesley.
Accession No: Collection BridColl 05
Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Selina Shirley Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon (1707 – 1791), was a noteworthy figure in eighteenth-century English Methodism. She was an admirer and follower of John Wesley yet made her own mark as a leader of the Calvinistic wing of the Methodist movement.

Born into an aristocratic family in 1707, Selina Shirley married Theophilus Hastings, the ninth Earl of Huntingdon, in 1728. The couple had seven children, of whom only three survived into adulthood.

The Countess of Huntingdon was known as "Lady Bountiful" for her philanthropic support of the Evangelical Revival. She provided funds for the establishment of sixty-four chapels, missionary work in America, and the first Methodist theological college, Trevecca College (later Cheshunt College, now part of Westminster College). Following her transition from Wesley's Arminian Methodism to Whitefield's Calvinistic Methodism, she founded "The Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion," her own society of preachers in England.

Source:

Tyson, John R., and Boyd Stanley Schlenther. In the Midst of Early Methodism: Lady Huntingdon and Her Correspondence. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 2006.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains original manuscript letters written by, received by, or concerning Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon. The primary correspondents are the Rev. Thomas Haweis (1734-1820) and Judith Townsend Wordsworth Haweis (1738-1786). In addition to these original historical records, the collection also includes two groups of study documents. These study series contain copies of letters and other documents held by other libraries connecting Lady Huntingdon with George Washington (1732-1799), Charles Wesley (1707-1788), and Sally Wesley (1726-1822). The items in this collection contain insights into the religious thought, personal relationships, and business matters of an aristocratic Methodist leader in England during the second half of the 1700s.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged in three series,
Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1757 - 1791
Series 2: Lady Huntingdon - George Washington study materials, 1783-1792
Series 3: Lady Huntingdon - Charles and Sally Wesley study materials, 1742-1775

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Huntingdon, Selina Hastings, Countess of, 1707-1791.
Washington, George, 1732-1799.
Wesley, Sarah Gwynne, 1726-1822.
Wesley, Charles, 1707-1788.
Methodist church -- England -- 18th century.
Calvinistic Methodists -- England -- 18th century.
Letters -- England -- 18th century.
Photocopies.
Haweis, Thomas, 1734-1820.
Haweis, Judith.

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Related Materials

Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, Letters and Images at Bridwell Library, Bridwell Library Digital Collections, https://sites.smu.edu/cdm/bridwell/hunt/

Collection on Thomas Haweis, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. (See finding aid http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/smu/00216/smu-00216.html.)

Countess of Huntingdon papers,United Methodist Archives and History Center, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey

Charles Wesley papers, The John Rylands Library, The University of Manchester, Methodist Archive and Research Centre, Manchester, England

George Washington papers, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection on Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, 1957 – ongoing.

The original core of the collection was purchased by Bishop Frederick DeLand Leete in 1949 and donated to Bridwell Library in 1956-1957 as part of his Methodist Historical Library.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2012. Biographical note written by Rebecca Howdeshell.

Finding aid written by

Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2012.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, circa 1757- 1791
65 folders

The correspondence series consists of sixty-five documents: sixty-two single letters and three double letters. Altogether, the collection contains sixty-six letters written by Lady Huntingdon, one letter written by Joseph Townsend, and one letter "From the Children of the Society at Brighthelmstone in Sussex, to the Children in Fellowship at Pewsey in Wiltshire.” Thirty-five of the letters in the collection were written to Rev. Thomas Haweis. Twenty-five letters were written to Judith Townsend Wordsworth, who married Rev. Haweis in 1771. Eight letters were addressed to persons other than Rev. and Mrs. Haweis.
The missives are filed in chronological order, reflecting their prior arrangement at Bridwell Library. All but three letters have previous inventory numbers that are noted in the folder list. Folder titles in this finding aid are hyperlinked directly to metadata-rich digital images of individual documents.
Box Folder
1 01 Letter to Mrs. Anne Grinfield, Bedchamber Woman to their Royal Highnesses the Princesses Amelia & Caroline, possibly 1757 January 8
02 Double letter 50:letter to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1765 March 7, and letter "From the Children of the Society at Brighthelmstone in Sussex, to the Children in Fellowship at Pewsey in Wiltshire," 1765 March 7
03 Double letter 51:letter to The Revd. Mr. Joseph Townshend [Townsend], 1765 June 4, and letter to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth] postmarked 1765 June 6
04 Double letter 55: letter from Joseph Townsend to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1765 December 2, and letter from Lady Huntington to Judith Wordsworth, 1765 December 3
05 Letter 56:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1765 December 16
06 Letter 57: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1765 December 27
07 Letter 58: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], not dated, circa 1765
08 Letter 59: to "My dear friends," not dated, circa 1765
09 Letter 60: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], not dated, circa 1765
10 Letter 63: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 January 16
11 Letter 62: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], not dated, circa Spring 1766
12 Letter 64: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth],1766 March 20
13 Letter 66: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 April 5
14 Letter 67: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 April 7
15 Letter 61: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 April 9
16 Letter 68: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 April 15
17 Letter 69: to "My very dear Friend" [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 April 17
18 Letter 70: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 May 13
19 Letter 71:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 May 22
20 Letter 74: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1766 June 21
21 Letter 73: to Judith Wordsworth, 1766 July 5
22 Letter 75: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1767 January 24
23 Letter 77:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1767 January 24
24 Letter 80: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, 1771 June 3
25 Letter 82: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, 1774 May 1
26 Letter 85: to The Revd. and Mrs. Thomas Haweis, 1775 September 7
27 Letter 86: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, 1775 October 7
28 Letter 87: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1775 November 27
29 Letter 88: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, January 22, 1776
30 Letter 89: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1776 January 29
31 Letter 91: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1776 April 13
32 Letter 92: to William Romaine, 1776 September 8
33 Letter 93: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1777 February 20
34 Letter 94: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1777 March 21
35 Letter 95: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1777 September 23
36 Letter 96: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1777 October 17
37 Letter 99: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1778 August 8
38 Letter 100: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, not dated, circa 1778
39 Letter 101: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1779 March 11
40 Letter 102: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1779 September 17
41 Letter 103: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1779 November 20
42 Letter to Brian Bury Collins, not dated, circa 1780-1791
Box Folder
2 01 Letter 107: to Mr. Cockayne, Attorney at Law, 1789 March
02 Letter 79: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, not dated, possibly 1789 December
03 Letter 79: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, undated copy in another hand
04 Letter 112:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 January 29
05 Letter 104:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 February 3
06 Letter 113: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 February 12
07 Letter 115: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 February 25
08 Letter 116: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 March 6
09 Letter 117: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 March 15
10 Letter 118:: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, postmarked 1790 March 24
11 Letter 119:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 March 29
12 Letter 121:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 April 8
13 Letter 122: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 April 13
14 Letter 105: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 April 27
15 Letter 106:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 May 3
16 Letter 124:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 May 27
17 Letter 125: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 June 9
18 Letter to Sir Richard Hill,possibly 1790 June 10
19 Letter 126: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, July 13, 1790
20 Letter 127: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 August 7
21 Letter 128: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, 1790 September 2
22 Letter 129: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, postmarked September 13, 1790
23 Letter 130: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, possibly 1790

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Series 2: Lady Huntingdon - George Washington study materials, 1783-1792
4 folders

The second series contains photo static copies of documents related to Lady Huntingdon from the George Washington papers at the Library of Congress and an historical letter sent by Robert Bowyer to George Washington in 1791 announcing the death of the Countess. The reproductions in this series were created for study and exhibition purposes.
Box Folder
2 24 Reproduction letters, 1783-1785
25 Reproduction document: Address “To the Friends and Humanity in America,” sent to George Washington by Selina Countess of Huntingdon, 1784 April 8
26 Letter from Robert Bowyer to George Washington announcing the death of the Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, 1791 June
27 Reproduction letter: Reply of George Washington to Robert Bowyer, 1792 January 8

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Series 3: Lady Huntingdon - Charles and Sally Wesley study materials, 1742-1775
14 folders

The final series consists of photocopies of 106 letters to Charles and Sally Wesley owned by the John Rylands Library, Manchester, England. These reproductions were created for study purposes in 1996.
Box Folder
2 28-29 Huntingdon-Wesley letter reproductions, 1742
Box Folder
3 01-11 Huntingdon-Wesley letter reproductions, 1743-1775
12 Huntingdon-Wesley letter reproductions, not dated, 1765-1790

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