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A. M. Broadley album on Brian Bury Collins

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Broadley, Alexander Myerick
Title: A. M. Broadley album on Brian Bury Collins
Inclusive Dates: 1776-1913
Abstract: This album features more than two hundred documents collected by barrister and historian Alexander Meyrick Broadley (1847-1916) by and about the Rev. Brian Bury Collins (1754-1807), an evangelical Anglican preacher closely associated with the Wesleys and Lady Huntingdon. In 1913 Broadley arranged and annotated the collection and had it bound. That same year he published transcriptions of many of the letters in the Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society.
Accession No: BriArch 303.69
Extent: 3 boxes (2 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

English barrister A. M. (Alexander Meyrick) Broadley was the son of Rev. Alexander Broadley, vicar of Bradpole, and Frances Jane Meyrick Broadley. He was born on July 19, 1847 and studied at Warminster, Marlborough, and in Switzerland. Beginning in 1869 he worked as a lawyer and journalist in India, Tuniaia, Egypt, and Belgium. Following the death of his father in 1893, Broadley returned to England and built a home in Bradpole, Dorset, where he and his mother spent the rest of their lives. At The Knapp, his Bradpole home, A. M. Broadley focused on writing, collecting historical documents, and grangerizing books (illustrating or creating volumes with clippings from manuscripts and published sources). Bradley’s published works include A History of Freemasonry in the District of Malta (1880), Tunis Past and Present (1882), How We Defended Arab and His Friends (1884), Chats on Autographs (1910), Napoleon in Caricature, 1795-1821 (1911), and numerous articles.

Broadley’s grangerized books and scrapbook albums have attracted the attention of scholars. Bridwell Library’s Broadley album focuses on the life of Brian Bury Collins (1754-1807). Collins (later known as Brian Bury) was an Evangelical Anglican who was a close associate of the John and Charles Wesley and of Lady Huntingdon.

Sources:

Foster, Joseph. Men-at-the-Bar: a Biographical Hand-List of the Members of the Various Inns of Court, Including Her Majesty's Judges, Etc. London: Reeves and Turner, 1885.

Alexander Meyrick Broadley: Barrister, Historian, Collector, Author, Cartoonist and Freemason, http://englishfreemasonryonmalta.org/html/broadley-biography.html (accessed 26 June 2013).

Harmon, Nolan B., Ed. Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Nashville: United Methodist Publishing House, 1974. “Collins, Brian (Bury),” by John Kent.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The A. M. Broadley album contains correspondence and images of Rev. Brian Bury Collins and other eighteenth-century English religious leaders. The printed title page describes the contents as follows:

  • The correspondence of John, Charles and Sarah Wesley, Dr. Witherspoon (Signatory to the American Declaration of Independence), Selina Countess of Huntingdon, Ladies Glenorchy and D. Maxwell, the Rev. Rowland Hill, Bishop Beilby Porteous, the Rev. D. Simpson and many other Divines with the Rev. Brian Bury Collins, M.A., afterwards Bury, of St. John’s College, Cambridge; Bath, and Linwood Grange, Lincoln. 1772-1779. Collected, arranged, and annotated by A. M. Broadley. The Knapp, Bradpole, Bridport, 1913.

Additionally, the collection includes materials from the early twentieth century generated by Alexander Myerick Broadley’s efforts to document the life of Brian Bury Collins.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection consists of a single series:
Series 1: Brian Bury Collins materials, 1776-1913.

Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use.

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.


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.
Collins, Bryan Bury, 1753 or 1754-1799.
Broadley, Alexander Meyrick, 1847-1916.
Wesley, John, 1703-1791.
Wesley, Charles, 1757-1834.
Wesley family.
Evangelicalism -- Church of England.
Letters.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

A. M. Broadley album on Brian Bury Collins, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired

Processing Information

The album was disassembled in 2013 and the contents digitized and housed in archival boxes and folders. C numbers are “Collins” inventory numbers assigned previously to individual pages in the album. Two entries are marked “Moore” rather than “Collins.” Some items did not receive inventory numbers (designated C? on the list); other inventory numbers seem to have been missed. In processing, items measuring more than 8.5” x 14” were flattened, foldered, and placed in an oversize materials box.

Prior to the processing of the A. M. Broadley album, the following letters were removed by library staff and placed in other manuscript collections at Bridwell Library:

Finding aid written by

by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2013.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2013


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Brian Bury Collins materials, 1776-1913

This series comprises 203 eighteenth-and nineteenth-century letters and printed images of Brian Bury Collins; his associates; Bath, England; and other localities associated with Rev. Collins and the Wesleyan movement. Twentieth-century materials in the collection relate to Broadley’s collecting, collating, and publishing of the album contents.
Box Folder
1 01 C1: Map of Bath, England, undated
C2: Description of Somersetshire, undated
C3: Map of the city of Bath, undated
02 C6: Print of the Abbey Church, Bath, 1793
C7-C8: Prints of Pulteney Bridge, Bath, 1794
03 C9: Print of John Wesley, undated
C10-C11: Prints of Samuel Wesley, undated
04 C 12: Print of John Wesley aged 38 after a painting by Williams, undated
C 13: Printed images of a Wedgewood teapot bearing a portrait of John Wesley, undated
C 14: Print of Charles Wesley, undated, not before 1788
05 C 15: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
C 16: Print of John Wesley, undated
C 17: John Wesley letter to Peter Walker, 1786 February 21
06 C 18: Print of John Wesley “To his mother's grave, A.D. 1779,” undated
C 18A: Broadley album printed title page, 1913
C 19: J. Chevallier letter to Thomas Irwin Bury, not after 1799 July
07 C 20: Thomas E. Brigden letter to J. Conder Natrass, 1910-1913
C 21: John W. Crake letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
C 22: Nehemiah Curnock letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 28
08 C 23: J.P. Hammond letter to an unknown recipient, 1913 March 5
C 24-C25: J.P. Hammond letter to W. Broadley, 1913 March 13
09 C 26: Alfred Leedes Hunt letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 October 3
C 27: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
C 28: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 28
10 C 29: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 4
C 30: J. Conder Nattrass letters to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March
C 31: Biographical notes on Brian Bury Collins, undated
11 C 32: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
C 33: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 7
C 34: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 13
12 C 35: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
C 36: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 4
C 37: Sales catalog entries for John Wesley letters, Tunbridge Wells, 1913 February
13 C 38: Sales catalog entries for John Wesley letters, Maggs Brothers and Daniell, 1913
C 39: Sales catalog entry for a George Whitefield letter, Daniell, 1913
C 40: Sales catalog entries for Samuel Wesley letters, Maggs Brothers, 1913 March
14 C 41: Print of Jonathan Edmundson, undated
C 41: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
C 42: Thomas Robinson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1773 September 21
15 C 43: Thomas Robinson letter to unknown recipient, 1811 December 31
C 44: Print of Henry William Coulthurst after a painting by Edward Westoby, undated, not before 1817
C 45: William Henry Coulthurst letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
16 C 46: Deacon’s ordination certificate of Brian Bury Collins, 1776 March 3
C 47: Print “View of the Tabernacle, Moorfields,” undated
C 48: Print of Walter Shirley, 1792
17 C 49: Prints of John Berridge, 1774
C 50: Print of John Berridge aged 77, 1793
18 C 52: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
C 53: Print of Thomas Coke aged 36, undated, circa 1783
C 54: Print of Thomas Coke aged 33, undated, circa 1780
19 C 55: Print of John Pawson aged 41, undated
C 56: Print of Henry Moore aged 32, undated
C 57: Print of Alexander McNab aged 33, undated
20 C 58: Print of Wesleyan Chapel, New King Street, Bath, undated
C 59: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 1, 1913
C 60: Print of the Right Reverend Beilby Porteus, D.D., Lord Bishop of London, 1795
21 C 61: Testimonial letter from Charles Brown, Robert Bell, and Thomas Robinson to the Right Reverend Beilby Porteus, Bishop of Chester, on behalf of Brian Bury Collins, 1780 July 13
C 62: Print of people entering a building, undated
C ?: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 January 14
22 C 63A: Print of City Road Chapel, 1859
C 63B: Print of Vincent Perronet, 1785
C 64: Print of John Newton, 1808
23 C 65: John Newton letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 June 28
CC 67: Print “Perspective View of the City of Bristol,” undated 66: Print of John Newton, 1807
24 C 68: Print of John Wesley, undated
C 69: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 August 1
C 70: Print of Henry Venn, 1884
25 C 71: Henry Venn letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C 72: B. Chester letter to unknown recipient, 1780 August 10
C 74: Letter of Institution appointing Brian Bury Collins assistant curate of Christ Church, Macclesfield, 1781 October 21
26 C 75: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
C 77: Print of Walter Shirley, 1775
C 78: Print of Walter Shirley, 1784
27 C?: Walter Shirley letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated, not after 1786
C 79: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence, part 2, 1913
C 80: Print of James Stillingfleet, 1819
28 C 81: James Stillingfleet letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1782 March 11
C 82-C83: Prints of John King, undated
29 C 84: Print of Charles Wesley, undated, not before 1788
C 85: Charles Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1782 Nov 11
C 86: Print of a city (Bath, England?), undated
30 C 87: Print “Upper Crescent Bath from Lansdown Road,” undated
C 88: Print “Royal Crescent Bath,” 1804
C 89: Print “Royal Crescent” at Bath, undated
C 90: Print “All Saints Chapel, Bath,” 1794
31 C 91: Print “View of the Pump-Room” 1801
C 92: Print of John Witherspoon from a painting by C. W. Peale, undated
C 93: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1808
32 C 95: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1785
C 96: Print “Bristol from the Bath Road,” undated
C 97: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
33 C 98: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1784 March 11
C 99: Print “N. View of Bath Cathedral,” undated
C 100: Print of Thomas Pentycross, undated
34 C 102: Print “South West View of the Revd. Mr. John Wesley's New Chapel in the City Road London,” undated
C 103: Print “A View of the City of Bath,” undated
C 105: Print of Bath Cathedral, undated
35 C 106: Print “Pultney Bridge, Bath,” undated
C 107: Print of John Wesley aged 80, undated, not before 1783
C 108: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1787 February 22
36 C 109: Print of Joseph Harper aged 52, undated
C 110: Print of Rowland Hill preaching to the Sailors on board the floating chapel, undated
C 111: Print of Rowland Hill, 1774
37 C 112: Print of Rowland Hill, 1776
C 113: Print of Rowland Hill, 1791
C 114: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
38 C 115: Print “Surrey Chapel During Divine Service,” undated
C 117: Print of Rowland Hill, 1814
Box Folder
2 01 C 118: “Fragments of Wisdom” print of Rowland Hill, 1824
Moore 119: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 3, 1913
C 119A: Print of Rowland Hill after a painting by Darby, undated
02 Moore 120: Print “A View of Tottenham Court Chapel,” undated, not before 1759
C 121: Print of Rowland Hill, undated
C 123: Print of George Whitefield of Pembroke College Oxford, undated
03 C 124: Prints of George Whitefield, undated
C 125: Prints of George Whitefield preaching, undated
04 C 126: Manuscript notes on the life of George Whitefield, undated
C 127: Print of George Whitefield preaching, undated
C 128: George Whitefield letter to Charles Wesley, 1763 March 17
C 129: Print of George Whitefield, undated
05 C 130: Print of George Whitefield, 1775
C 131: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
06 C 132: Print of “Parrawankaw” and “Dr. Squintum” (George Whitefield), 1769
07 C 133: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed. Dr. Squntum and Parrawankaw.” The Town and Country Magazine or Universal Repository, 1769
C?: Book chapter “Account of Mr. Charles Wesley” from Miscellanies by Daines Barrington, 1781
C 135: Print of “The Subtle Sinner” and “Sir Simony Scruple,” 1770
C 135A-B: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed: or, Memoirs of Sir S. Scruple and the Subtle Sinner,” The Town and Country Magazine, 1770
08 C 136: Print "Methodism or the Religious Humbugg, 1758,” not before 1758
C 137: Print of epitaphs of Elizabeth Whitefield and George Whitefield, undated
C 138: Print “Tottenham Court Chapel” by C Rivers, undated
09 C 139: News clippings concerning George Whitefield, 1758-1787
C 140: Two class tickets to unidentified chapel, 1854, and Gower Street Chapel, 1841
C 141: Article “Whitefield's Tabernacle and Almshouses, Tottenham Court Road,” not before 1764
10 C 142: Article “Whitefield's Tabernacle and Almshouses, Tottenham Court Road,” The Mirror, 1835 June 6
C 143: Print of Augustus Toplady, 1801
11 C 144: Print of “The Pious Mrs. Leerwell” and “The Predestined Parson,” 1777
C 145: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed: or, Memoirs of the Predestined Parson” from The Town and Country Magazine , 1777
C 146: Print of D. Simpson, undated
12 C 148: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, undated
C 149: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, after a painting by R. Bowyer, undated
C 150: Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
13 C 151: Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Anne Grinfield, 1757 January 8
C 152: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, aged 83, 1790
C 153: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, 1793
14 C 154: Print “Town Hall, Bath,” 1818
C?: Print “Pump Room,” 1818
C 155: Print “Queen Square, Bath,” undated
15 C 156: Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Sir Richard Hill, 1790? June 10
C 157: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, 1790
C 158: Print of William Taylor, undated
16 C 159: Print of William Taylor, 1775
C 160: Print of the Countess of Huntingdon, undated
C?: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence with Lady Huntingdon, 1913
17 C 161: Print of unidentified riparian scene, undated
C 162: Print “A View of Bristol Hott-Wells and St. Vincent's Rock,” undated
C 163: Print of Hope Chapel, undated
18 C 165: Print of Lady Glenorchy, 1815
C 166: W. Glenorchy letter to an unidentified preacher, undated
C 167: Print “The Hotwell House,” undated
19 C 168: Sarah Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1793 May 17
C 169: Prints of William Wilberforce, undated
20 C 171: Address panel from a W. Pitt letter to Brian Bury Collins, Bath, undated
C 172: Prints of Thomas Haweis, 1796
21 C 174: Print “Near-Bath,” undated
C 175: Print “Lansdown Crescent Bath”
C 177A: Print “Camden Place, Bath,” 1794
C 177B: Print “Bath from Camden Place,” 1794
22 C 178: Print “Lansdown Place,” undated
C 179: Print “Views in the City of Bath. Queen Square,” undated
C 180: Print “St. Michaels,” undated
23 C 181: Print “Wesleyan Chapel, Walcot – Bath,” undated, circa 1850
C 182: Print of Jonathan Barker after a painting by I. Renton, undated
C 183: Print of Richard Elliott aged 33, undated
24 C 184: Print of T. Bradburn from a painting by Orne, undated
C 185: Print of Richard Gower, undated
C 186: Print of Thomas Simmonite aged 33, undated
25 C 187: Print of Charles Atmore aged 33, undated
C 188: Print of Walter Griffith aged 33, undated
C 189: Print of Thomas Roberts after a painting by N. Branwhite, undated
26 C 190: Print of William Collins aged 48, undated
C 200: Broadside of “A Methodist Sermon from George Alexander Stevens’s Lecture on Heads,” undated
Box
Oversize materials box
Box Folder
3 01 C 4: Print “A North-east View of the City of Bath taken from the Rising-Ground beyond the Villa-Gardens,” 1787
C 5: Print “A South-west View of the City of Bath taken from a Field adjoining the New-Wells Road,” 1787
02 C 51: John Berridge letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1779 September 28
C 73: Beilby Porteus, Bishop of Chester, letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1781 August 21
03 C 76: Thomas Robinson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 31 December 1781
C 94: John Witherspoon letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C 94: Article “The Real John Witherspoon” The Freemason, 1913 May 17
04 C 101: Double letter T. Pentycross to Brian Bury Collins, undated, and Sally Collins to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C 116: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1787 March 8
05 C 122: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated, not after 1808
C 147: David Simpson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1789 June 8
06 C 164: D. Maxwell letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1791 October 19
C 170: William Wilberforce letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1797 August 2
07 C 173: Lady Ann Agnes Erskin letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1797 January 31
C 176: License from George III allowing Brian Bury Collins to be known as Brian Bury, 1800 January 21
08 C?: Augustus Toplady letter to William Lunell, 1771 October 25
C?: Article “Jesu, Lover of my Soul,” The Illustrated Christian News, undated
09 Album binding with book plate, 1913