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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Brian Bury Collins materials, 1776-1913

Southern Methodist University

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
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: Collection BridColl 10
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 At The Knapp, his Bradpole home, A. M. Broadley focused on writing, collecting historical documents, and grangerizing books (illustrating or creating volumes with clippings from manuscripts and published sources).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.

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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.

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Arrangement of the Collection

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

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use.

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.
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.

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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.

In 1981 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

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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
01 01 C1: Map of Bath, England, undated
01 C2: Description of Somersetshire, undated
01 C3: Map of the city of Bath, undated
02 C6: Print of the Abbey Church, Bath, 1793
02 C7-8: Prints of Pulteney Bridge, Bath, 1794
03 C9: Print of John Wesley, undated
03 C10-11: Prints of Samuel Wesley, undated
04 C12: Print of John Wesley aged 38 after a painting by Williams, undated
04 C13: Printed images of a Wedgewood teapot bearing a portrait of John Wesley, undated
04 C14: Print of Charles Wesley, undated, not before 1788
05 C15: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
05 C16: Print of John Wesley, undated
05 C17: [ document removed from album 1981]
06 C18: Print of John Wesley “To his mother's grave, A.D. 1779,” undated
06 C18A: Broadley album printed title page, 1913
06 C19: J. Chevallier letter to Thomas Irwin Bury, not after 1799 July
07 C20: Thomas E. Brigden letter to J. Conder Natrass, 1910-1913
07 C21: John W. Crake letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
07 C22: Nehemiah Curnock letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 28
08 C23: J.P. Hammond letter to an unknown recipient, 1913 March 5
08 C24-25: J.P. Hammond letter to W. Broadley, 1913 March 13
09 C26: Alfred Leedes Hunt letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 October 3
09 C27: J. Conder Nattrass letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 24
09 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
10 C30: J. Conder Nattrass letters to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March
10 C31: Biographical notes on Brian Bury Collins, undated
11 C32: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
11 C33: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 7
11 C34: R. F. Scott letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 13
12 C35: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 February 25
12 C36: George Stampe letter to A. M. Broadley, 1913 March 4
12 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
13 C39: Sales catalog entry for a George Whitefield letter, Daniell, 1913
13 C40: Sales catalog entries for Samuel Wesley letters, Maggs Brothers, 1913 March
14 C41: Print of Jonathan Edmundson, undated
14 C41A: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
14 C42: Thomas Robinson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1773 September 21
15 C43: Thomas Robinson letter to unknown recipient, 1811 December 31
15 C44: Print of Henry William Coulthurst after a painting by Edward Westoby, not before 1817
15 C45: William Henry Coulthurst letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
16 C46: Deacon’s ordination certificate of Brian Bury Collins, 1776 March 3
16 C47: Print “View of the Tabernacle, Moorfields,” undated
16 C48: Print of Walter Shirley, 1792
17 C49: Prints of John Berridge, 1774
17 C50: Print of John Berridge aged 77, 1793
18 C52: Print of Charles Wesley, undated
18 C53: Print of Thomas Coke aged 36, undated, circa 1783
18 C54: Print of Thomas Coke aged 33, undated, circa 1780
19 C55: Print of John Pawson aged 41, undated
19 C56: Print of Henry Moore aged 32, undated
19 C57: Print of Alexander McNab aged 33, undated
20 C58: Print of Wesleyan Chapel, New King Street, Bath, undated
20 C59: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 1, 1913
20 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
21 C62: Print of people entering a building, undated
21 C?: [ John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins removed from album 1981]
22 C63A: Print of City Road Chapel, 1859
22 C63B: Print of Vincent Perronet, 1785
22 C64: Print of John Newton, 1808
23 C65: John Newton letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 June 28
23 C66: Print of John Newton, 1807
23 C67: Print “Perspective View of the City of Bristol,” undated 66: Print of John Newton, 1807
24 C68: Print of John Wesley, undated
24 C69: John Wesley letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1780 August 1
24 C70: Print of Henry Venn, 1884
25 C71: Henry Venn letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
25 C72: B. Chester letter to unknown recipient, 1780 August 10
25 C74: Letter of Institution appointing Brian Bury Collins assistant curate of Christ Church, Macclesfield, 1781 October 21
26 C75: Print of Thomas Robinson, undated
26 C77: Print of Walter Shirley, 1775
26 C78: Print of Walter Shirley, 1784
27 C?: Walter Shirley letter to Brian Bury Collins, not after 1786
27 C79: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence, part 2, 1913
27 C80: Print of James Stillingfleet, 1819
28 C81: James Stillingfleet letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1782 March 11
28 C82-83: Prints of John King, undated
29 C84: Print of Charles Wesley, not before 1788
29 C85: [ document removed from album 1981]
29 C86: Print of a city (Bath, England?), undated
30 C87: Print “Upper Crescent Bath from Lansdown Road,” undated
30 C88: Print “Royal Crescent Bath,” 1804
30 C89: Print “Royal Crescent” at Bath, undated
30 C90: Print “All Saints Chapel, Bath,” 1794
31 C91: Print “View of the Pump-Room” 1801
31 C92: Print of John Witherspoon from a painting by C. W. Peale, undated
31 C93: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1808
32 C95: Print of John Witherspoon, president of Princeton College, 1785
32 C96: Print “Bristol from the Bath Road,” undated
32 C97: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
33 C98: [ document removed from album 1981]
33 C99: Print “N. View of Bath Cathedral,” undated
33 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
34 C103: Print “A View of the City of Bath,” undated
34 C105: Print of Bath Cathedral, undated
35 C106: Print “Pultney Bridge, Bath” undated
35 C107: Print of John Wesley aged 80, undated, not before 1783
35 C108: [ document removed from album 1981]
36 C109: Print of Joseph Harper aged 52, undated
36 C110: Print of Rowland Hill preaching to the Sailors on board the floating chapel, undated
36 C111: Print of Rowland Hill, 1774
37 C112: Print of Rowland Hill, 1776
37 C113: Print of Rowland Hill, 1791
37 C114: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
38 C115: Print “Surrey Chapel During Divine Service,” undated
38 C117: Print of Rowland Hill, 1814
Box Folder
02 01 C118: “Fragments of Wisdom” print of Rowland Hill, 1824
01 Moore119: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins letters, part 3, 1913
01 C119A: Print of Rowland Hill after a painting by Darby, undated
02 Moore120: Print “A View of Tottenham Court Chapel,” undated, not before 1759
02 C121: Print of Rowland Hill, undated
02 C123: Print of George Whitefield of Pembroke College Oxford, undated
03 C124A: Print of George Whitefield, undated
03 C124B: [ document removed from album 1981]
03 C125: Prints of George Whitefield preaching, undated
04 C126: Manuscript notes on the life of George Whitefield, undated
04 C127: Print of George Whitefield preaching, undated
04 C128: [ document removed from album 1981]
04 C129: Print of George Whitefield, undated
05 C130: Print of George Whitefield, 1775
05 C131: Print of John Wesley preaching, undated
05 C132: Print of “Parrawankaw” and “Dr. Squintum” (George Whitefield), 1769
06 C133: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed. Dr. Squntum and Parrawankaw." The Town and Country Magazine or Universal Repository, 1769
07 C?: Book chapter “Account of Mr. Charles Wesley” from Miscellanies by Daines Barrington, 1781
07 C135: Print of “The Subtle Sinner” and “Sir Simony Scruple,” 1770
07 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
08 C137: Print of epitaphs of Elizabeth Whitefield and George Whitefield, undated
08 C138: Print “Tottenham Court Chapel” by C Rivers, undated
09 C139: News clippings concerning George Whitefield, 1758-1787
09 C140: Two class tickets to unidentified chapel, 1854, and Gower Street Chapel, 1841
09 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
10 C143: Print of Augustus Toplady, 1801
11 C144: Print of “The Pious Mrs. Leerwell” and “The Predestined Parson,” 1777
11 C145: Article “Histories of the Tête à- Tête annexed: or, Memoirs of the Predestined Parson” from The Town and Country Magazine , 1777
11 C146: Print of D. Simpson, undated
12 C148: Print of Selina Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, undated
12 C149: Print of Selina Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, after a painting by R. Bowyer, undated
12 C150: [ document removed from album 1981]
13 C151: [ document removed from album 1981]
13 C152: Print of Selina Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, aged 83, 1790
13 C153: Print of Selina Countess Dowager of Huntingdon, 1793
14 C154: Print “Town Hall, Bath,” 1818
14 C?: Print “Pump Room,” 1818
14 C155: Print “Queen Square, Bath,” undated
15 C156: [ document removed from album 1981]
15 C157: Print of Selina Countess of Huntingdon, 1790
15 C158: Print of William Taylor, undated
16 C159: Print of William Taylor, 1775
16 C160: Print of the Countess of Huntingdon, undated
16 C?: Published transcriptions of Brian Bury Collins correspondence with Selina Countess of Huntingdon, 1913
17 C161: Print of unidentified riparian scene, undated
17 C162: Print “A View of Bristol Hott-Wells and St. Vincent's Rock,” undated
17 C163: Print of Hope Chapel, undated
18 C165: Print of Lady Glenorchy, 1815
18 C166: W. Glenorchy letter to an unidentified preacher, undated
18 C167: Print “The Hotwell House,” undated
19 C168: [ document removed from album 1981]
19 C169: Prints of William Wilberforce, undated
20 C171: Address panel from a W. Pitt letter to Brian Bury Collins, Bath, undated
20 C172: Prints of Thomas Haweis, 1796
21 C174: Print “Near-Bath,” undated
21 C175: Print “Lansdown Crescent Bath”
21 C177A: Print “Camden Place, Bath,” 1794
21 C177B: Print “Bath from Camden Place,” 1794
22 C178: Print “Lansdown Place,” undated
22 C179: Print “Views in the City of Bath. Queen Square,” undated
22 C180: Print “St. Michaels,” undated
23 C181: Print “Wesleyan Chapel, Walcot – Bath,” undated, circa 1850
23 C182: Print of Jonathan Barker after a painting by I. Renton, undated
23 C183: Print of Richard Elliott aged 33, undated
24 C184: Print of T. Bradburn from a painting by Orne, undated
24 C185:Print of Richard Gower, undated
24 C186: Print of Thomas Simmonite aged 33, undated
25 C187: Print of Charles Atmore aged 33, undated
25 C188: Print of Walter Griffith aged 33, undated
25 C189: Print of Thomas Roberts after a painting by N. Branwhite, undated
26 C190: Print of William Collins aged 48, undated
26 C200: Broadside of “A Methodist Sermon from George Alexander Stevens’s Lecture on Heads,” undated
Box
Oversize materials box
Box Folder
03 01 C4: Print “A North-east View of the City of Bath taken from the Rising-Ground beyond the Villa-Gardens,” 1787
01 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
02 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
03 C94: John Witherspoon letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated
03 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
04 C116: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1787 March 8
05 C122: Rowland Hill letter to Brian Bury Collins, undated, not after 1808
05 C147: David Simpson letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1789 June 8
06 C164: D. Maxwell letter to Brian Bury Collins, 1791 October 19
06 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
07 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
08 C?: Article “Jesu, Lover of my Soul,” The Illustrated Christian News,undated
09 Album binding with book plate, 1913

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