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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 At The Knapp, his Bradpole home, A. M. Broadley focused on writing, collecting historical documents, and grangerizing books (illustrating or creating volumes with clippings from manuscripts and published sources).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

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 C12: Print of John Wesley aged 38 after a painting by Williams, undated
C13: Printed images of a Wedgewood teapot bearing a portrait of John Wesley, undated
C14: Print of Charles Wesley, undated, not before 1788
05 C15: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
C16: Print of John Wesley, undated
C17: John Wesley letter to Peter Walker, 1786 February 21
06 C18: Print of John Wesley “To his mother's grave, A.D. 1779,” undated
C18A: Broadley album printed title page, 1913
C19: J. Chevallier letter to Thomas Irwin Bury, not after 1799 July
07 C20: Thomas E. Brigden letter to J. Conder Natrass, 1910-1913
C21: John W. Crake letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
C22: Nehemiah Curnock letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 28
08 C23: J.P. Hammond letter to an unknown recipient, 1913 March 5
C24-C25: J.P. Hammond letter to W. Broadley, 1913 March 13
09 C26: Alfred Leedes Hunt letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 October 3
C27: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
C28: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 28
10 C29: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 4
C30: J. Conder Nattrass letters to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March
C31: Biographical notes on Brian Bury Collins, undated
11 C32: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
C33: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 7
C34: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 13
12 C35: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
C36: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 4
C37: Sales catalog entries for John Wesley letters, Tunbridge Wells, 1913 February
13 C38: Sales catalog entries for John Wesley letters, Maggs Brothers and Daniell, 1913
C39: Sales catalog entry for a George Whitefield letter, Daniell, 1913
C40: Sales catalog entries for Samuel Wesley letters, Maggs Brothers, 1913 March
14 C41: Print of Jonathan Edmundson, undated
C41A: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
C42: Thomas Robinson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1773 September 21
15 C43: Thomas Robinson letter to unknown recipient, 1811 December 31
C44: Print of Henry William Coulthurst after a painting by Edward Westoby, not before 1817
C45: William Henry Coulthurst letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
16 C46: Deacon’s ordination certificate of Brian Bury Collins, 1776 March 3
C47: Print “View of the Tabernacle, Moorfields,” undated
C48: Print of Walter Shirley, 1792
17 C49: Prints of John Berridge, 1774
C50: Print of John Berridge aged 77, 1793
18 C52: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
C53: Print of Thomas Coke aged 36, undated, circa 1783
C54: Print of Thomas Coke aged 33, undated, circa 1780
19 C55: Print of John Pawson aged 41, undated
C56: Print of Henry Moore aged 32, undated
C57: Print of Alexander McNab aged 33, undated
20 C58: Print of Wesleyan Chapel, New King Street, Bath, undated
C59: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 1, 1913
C60: Print of the Right Reverend Beilby Porteus, D.D., Lord Bishop of London, 1795
21 C61: 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
C62: Print of people entering a building, undated
C?: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 January 14
22 C63A: Print of City Road Chapel, 1859
C63B: Print of Vincent Perronet, 1785
C64: Print of John Newton, 1808
23 C65: John Newton letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 June 28
C67: Print “Perspective View of the City of Bristol,” undated 66: Print of John Newton, 1807
24 C68: Print of John Wesley, undated
C69: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 August 1
C70: Print of Henry Venn, 1884
25 C71: Henry Venn letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C72: B. Chester letter to unknown recipient, 1780 August 10
C74: Letter of Institution appointing Brian Bury Collins assistant curate of Christ Church, Macclesfield, 1781 October 21
26 C75: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
C77: Print of Walter Shirley, 1775
C78: Print of Walter Shirley, 1784
27 C?: Walter Shirley letter to Brian Bury Collins, not after 1786
C79: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence, part 2, 1913
C80: Print of James Stillingfleet, 1819
28 C81: James Stillingfleet letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1782 March 11
C82-C83: Prints of John King, undated
29 C84: Print of Charles Wesley, not before 1788
C85: Charles Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1782 November 11
C86: Print of a city (Bath, England?), undated
30 C87: Print “Upper Crescent Bath from Lansdown Road,” undated
C88: Print “Royal Crescent Bath,” 1804
C89: Print “Royal Crescent” at Bath, undated
C90: Print “All Saints Chapel, Bath,” 1794
31 C91: Print “View of the Pump-Room” 1801
C92: Print of John Witherspoon from a painting by C. W. Peale, undated
C93: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1808
32 C95: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1785
C96: Print “Bristol from the Bath Road,” undated
C97: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
33 C98: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1784 March 11
C99: Print “N. View of Bath Cathedral,” undated
C100: Print of Thomas Pentycross, undated
34 C102: Print “South West View of the Revd. Mr. John Wesley's New Chapel in the City Road London,” undated
C103: Print “A View of the City of Bath,” undated
C105: Print of Bath Cathedral, undated
35 C106: Print “Pultney Bridge, Bath” undated
C107: Print of John Wesley aged 80, undated, not before 1783
C108: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1787 February 22
36 C109: Print of Joseph Harper aged 52, undated
C110: Print of Rowland Hill preaching to the Sailors on board the floating chapel, undated
C111: Print of Rowland Hill, 1774
37 C112: Print of Rowland Hill, 1776
C113: Print of Rowland Hill, 1791
C114: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
38 C115: Print “Surrey Chapel During Divine Service,” undated
C117: Print of Rowland Hill, 1814
Box Folder
2 01 C118: “Fragments of Wisdom” print of Rowland Hill, 1824
Moore119: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 3, 1913
C119A: Print of Rowland Hill after a painting by Darby, undated
02 Moore120: Print “A View of Tottenham Court Chapel,” undated, not before 1759
C121: Print of Rowland Hill, undated
C123: Print of George Whitefield of Pembroke College Oxford, undated
03 C124A: Print of George Whitefield, undated
03 C124B: Print of George Whitefield, undated
C125: Prints of George Whitefield preaching, undated
04 C126: Manuscript notes on the life of George Whitefield, undated
C127: Print of George Whitefield preaching, undated
C128: George Whitefield letter to Charles Wesley, 1763 March 17
C129: Print of George Whitefield, undated
05 C130: Print of George Whitefield, 1775
C131: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
06 C132: Print of “Parrawankaw” and “Dr. Squintum” (George Whitefield), 1769
07 C133: 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
C135: Print of “The Subtle Sinner” and “Sir Simony Scruple,” 1770
C135A-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 C136: Print "Methodism or the Religious Humbugg, 1758,” not before 1758
C137: Print of epitaphs of Elizabeth Whitefield and George Whitefield, undated
C138: Print “Tottenham Court Chapel” by C Rivers, undated
09 C139: News clippings concerning George Whitefield, 1758-1787
C140: Two class tickets to unidentified chapel, 1854, and Gower Street Chapel, 1841
C141: Article “Whitefield's Tabernacle and Almshouses, Tottenham Court Road,” not before 1764
10 C142: Article “Whitefield's Tabernacle and Almshouses, Tottenham Court Road,” The Mirror, 1835 June 6
C143: Print of Augustus Toplady, 1801
11 C144: Print of “The Pious Mrs. Leerwell” and “The Predestined Parson,” 1777
C145: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed: or, Memoirs of the Predestined Parson” from The Town and Country Magazine , 1777
C146: Print of D. Simpson, undated
12 C148: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, undated
C149: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, after a painting by R. Bowyer, undated
C150: Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
13 C151: Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Anne Grinfield, 1757 January 8
C152: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, aged 83, 1790
C153: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, 1793
14 C154: Print “Town Hall, Bath,” 1818
C?: Print “Pump Room,” 1818
C155: Print “Queen Square, Bath,” undated
15 C156: Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, letter to Sir Richard Hill, 1790? June 10
C157: Print of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, 1790
C158: Print of William Taylor, undated
16 C159: Print of William Taylor, 1775
C160: Print of the Countess of Huntingdon, undated
C?: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence with Lady Huntingdon, 1913
17 C161: Print of unidentified riparian scene, undated
C162: Print “A View of Bristol Hott-Wells and St. Vincent's Rock,” undated
C163: Print of Hope Chapel, undated
18 C165: Print of Lady Glenorchy, 1815
C166: W. Glenorchy letter to an unidentified preacher, undated
C167: Print “The Hotwell House,” undated
19 C168: Sarah Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1793 May 17
C169: Prints of William Wilberforce, undated
20 C171: Address panel from a W. Pitt letter to Brian Bury Collins, Bath, undated
C172: Prints of Thomas Haweis, 1796
21 C174: Print “Near-Bath,” undated
C175: Print “Lansdown Crescent Bath”
C177A: Print “Camden Place, Bath,” 1794
C177B: Print “Bath from Camden Place,” 1794
22 C178: Print “Lansdown Place,” undated
C179: Print “Views in the City of Bath. Queen Square,” undated
C180: Print “St. Michaels,” undated
23 C181: Print “Wesleyan Chapel, Walcot – Bath,” undated, circa 1850
C182: Print of Jonathan Barker after a painting by I. Renton, undated
C183: Print of Richard Elliott aged 33, undated
24 C184: Print of T. Bradburn from a painting by Orne, undated
C185:Print of Richard Gower, undated
C186: Print of Thomas Simmonite aged 33, undated
25 C187: Print of Charles Atmore aged 33, undated
C188: Print of Walter Griffith aged 33, undated
C189: Print of Thomas Roberts after a painting by N. Branwhite, undated
26 C190: Print of William Collins aged 48, undated
C200: Broadside of “A Methodist Sermon from George Alexander Stevens’s Lecture on Heads,” undated
Box
Oversize materials box
Box Folder
3 01 C4: Print “A North-east View of the City of Bath taken from the Rising-Ground beyond the Villa-Gardens,” 1787
C5: Print “A South-west View of the City of Bath taken from a Field adjoining the New-Wells Road,” 1787
02 C51: John Berridge letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1779 September 28
C73: Beilby Porteus, Bishop of Chester, letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1781 August 21
03 C76: Thomas Robinson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 31 December 1781
C94: John Witherspoon letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C94: Article “The Real John Witherspoon” The Freemason, 1913 May 17
04 C101: Double letter T. Pentycross to Brian Bury Collins, undated, and Sally Collins to Brian Bury Collins, undated
C116: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1787 March 8
05 C122: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated, not after 1808
C147: David Simpson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1789 June 8
06 C164: D. Maxwell letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1791 October 19
C170: William Wilberforce letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1797 August 2
07 C173: Lady Ann Agnes Erskin letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1797 January 31
C176: 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