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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

Correspondence, circa 1757- 1791

Lady Huntingdon - George Washington study materials, 1783-1792

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
Inclusive Dates: 1742-1791
Bulk Dates: 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: BridArch 303.58
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 Director of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

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

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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 Material

Letters of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, Bridwell Library Digital Collections

Collection on Thomas Haweis,Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

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

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 January 8, 1757
02 Double letter 50:letter to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], March 7, 1765, and letter "From the Children of the Society at Brighthelmstone in Sussex, to the Children in Fellowship at Pewsey in Wiltshire," March 7, 1765
03 Double letter 51:letter to The Revd. Mr. Joseph Townshend [Townsend], June 4, 1765, and letter to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth] postmarked June 6, 1765
04 Double letter 55: letter from Joseph Townsend to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], December 2, 1765, and letter from Lady Huntington to Judith Wordsworth, December 3, 1765
05 Letter 56:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], 1765, December 16, 1765
06 Letter 57: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], December 27, 1765
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], January 16, 1766
11 Letter 62: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], not dated, circa Spring 1766
12 Letter 64: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], March 20, 1766
13 Letter 66: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], April 5, 1766
14 Letter 67: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], April 7, 1766
15 Letter 61: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], April 9, 1766
16 Letter 68: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], April 15, 1766
17 Letter 69: to "My very dear Friend" [Judith Wordsworth], April 17, 1766
18 Letter 70: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], May 13, 1766
19 Letter 71:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth] May 22, 1766
20 Letter 74: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth] June] 21, 1766
21 Letter 73: to Judith Wordsworth, July 5, 1766
22 Letter 75: to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], January 24, 1767
23 Letter 77:to Mrs. Wadsworth [Judith Wordsworth], January 24, 1767
24 Letter 80: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, June 3, 1771
25 Letter 82: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, May 1, 1774
26 Letter 85: to The Revd. and Mrs. Thomas Haweis, September 7, 1775
27 Letter 86: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, October 7, 1775
28 Letter 87: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, November 27, 1775
29 Letter 88: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, January 22, 1776
30 Letter 89: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, January 29, 1776
31 Letter 91: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, April 13, 1776
32 Letter 92: to William Romaine, September 8, 1776
33 Letter 93: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, February 20, 1777
34 Letter 94: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, March 21, 1777
35 Letter 95: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, September 23, 1777
36 Letter 96: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, October 17, 1777
37 Letter 99: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, August 8, 1778
38 Letter 100: to Mrs. Thomas Haweis, not dated, circa 1778
39 Letter 101: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis March 11, 1779
40 Letter 102: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, September 17, 1779
41 Letter 103: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, November 20, 1779
42 Letter to Brian Bury Collins, not dated, circa 1780-1791
Box Folder
2 01 Letter 107: to Mr. Cockayne, Attorney at Law, March 6, 1789
02 Letter 79: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, not dated, possibly December 1789
03 Letter 79: to The Revd. Thomas Haweis, undated copy in another hand
04 Letter 112:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, January 29, 1790
05 Letter 104:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, February 3, 1790
06 Letter 113: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, February 12, 1790
07 Letter 115: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, February 25, 1790
08 Letter 116: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, March 6, 1790
09 Letter 117: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, March 15, 1790
10 Letter 118:: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, postmarked March 24, 1790
11 Letter 119:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, March 29, 1790
12 Letter 121:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis April 8, 1790
13 Letter 122: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, April 13, 1790
14 Letter 105: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, April 27, 1790
15 Letter 106:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, May 3, 1790
16 Letter 124:to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, May 27, 1790
17 Letter 125: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, June 9, 1790
18 Letter to Sir Richard Hill,possibly June 10, 1790
19 Letter 126: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, July 13, 1790
20 Letter 127: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, August 7, 1790
21 Letter 128: to The Revd. Mr. Thomas Haweis, September 2, 1790
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

The second series contains photostatic 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, April 8, 1784
26 Letter: Robert Bowyer to George Washington announcing the death of the Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, June 1791
27 Reproduction letter: Reply of George Washington to Robert Bowyer, January 8, 1792

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

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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