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Collection on Methodism in the United Kingdom and Ireland

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection on Methodism in the United Kingdom and Ireland
Dates: 1740-1917
1790-1890
Abstract: The letters, images, and other documents in this manuscript collection were created or received by Methodist leaders who lived in Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. Materials in the collection date from 1740 to 1917. The collection contains information about the lives of ministers, Wesleyan Conference presidents, and their correspondents.
Accession No: Collection BridColl 11
Extent: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English and Welsh
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

The British Isles are the homeland of Methodism, a religious and social holiness revival movement that began within the Church of England during the 1730s. John Wesley (1703-1791), whose theological writings and organizational skills drove the movement, traced Methodism’s origins back to the Holy Club, a worship, study, and benevolent service group founded at Oxford University by his brother, Charles Wesley (1707-1788). In the summer of 1738 both John and Charles Wesley underwent dramatic conversions that resulted in a newfound religious enthusiasm that offended many fashionable churches in London. Excluded from their pulpits, John Wesley found a more receptive audience among the poor and laboring classes of England when he adopted field preaching at the urging of George Whitefield.

John Wesley’s theology emphasized the work of the Holy Spirit in awakening a desire for God, assuring the Christian of God’s grace, and perfecting one’s love for God and neighbor. Hallmarks of Methodism include intentional cultivation of spiritual vitality, active compassion for the needy, and the conviction that God’s Grace may be experienced by all who desire it.

As the Methodist (Wesleyan) movement took hold in England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland, it was also exported to Great Britain’s colonies. After John Wesley’s death in 1791, Methodists in Great Britain officially separated from the Church of England. Today there are approximately 15 million Methodists throughout the world.

Bridwell Library is the principal bibliographic resource at Southern Methodist University for the fields of theology and religious studies.

Sources:

Rupp, E. Gordon. “Methodism.” In The Encyclopedia of World Methodism. Edited by Nolan B. Harmon. Nashville: The United Methodist Publishing House, 1974.

Davies, Rupert T. “Methodism.” In Encyclopaedia Britannica Online, accessed February 17, 2014, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/378415/Methodism


Scope and Contents of the Collection

This manuscript collection created by Bridwell Library features more than one hundred pieces of incoming or outgoing correspondence associated with Methodists in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Supplementing these letters are autographs, signed documents, engravings, photographs, and printed items. Most materials in this assemblage were created after John Wesley’s death in 1791. The collection serves as a resource on the study Methodist leaders in Methodism’s homelands.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains a single series:
Series 1: Documents and Images, 1740-1917

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.


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.
Methodist Church (Great Britain) -- Clergy.
Methodist Church -- Ireland -- Clergy.
Methodists -- Great Britain.
Methodists -- Ireland.
Letters -- Great Britain.
Letters -- Ireland.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item identification,] Collection on Methodism in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired, ongoing.

Processing Information

Arranged and described by Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.

The documents in this manuscript collection have been deemed to be of sufficient historical value to merit processing at the item level and digitization. Images of these items may be accessed through the Bridwell Library Digital Collections website (http://digitalcollections.smu.edu/all/bridwell/browse.asp).

Finding aid written by

Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.

Encoded by

Ada Negraru, 2014.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Documents and Images, 1740-1917
3 boxes

In this solitary series, materials are organized alphabetically by the sender’s or signer’s surname. Each individual has a single folder containing one or more documents. Associated prints and photographs are also included in the folder. Oversize materials are stored flat in box 3.
Box Folder
01 01 William Arthur letter to John McClintock, 1861 August 27
01 William Arthur letter to Thomas Hayes, 1871 August 17
01 William Arthur letter to W. H. Ward, Jr., 1871 September
01 William Arthur letter to W. M. Punshon, 1875 July 5
01 William Arthur letter to W. M. Punshon, 1877 February 27
01 William Arthur letter to W. M. Punshon, 1880 December 24
02 John Barber letter to Jabez Bunting, 1799 October 24
02 John Barber letter to Jabez Bunting, 1811 June 19
03 Joseph Beaumont letter to James Fildes, 1839 July 29
04 Joseph Benson letter to missionaries Thomas Squance and George Erskine, Ceylon, 1816 May 2
05 H. B. Boyce letter to W. M. Punshon, 1877 November 15
06 Robert Carr Brackenbury letter to Joseph Sutcliffe, 1803 January 16
07 S. Brackenbury letter to James Everett, 1822 March 23
08 William Bramwell letter to James Blackett, 1804 January 17
08 William Bramwell print engraved by C. Warren, circa 1800-1850
09 Henry Breeden letter to Samuel Coley, 1865 March 24
10 Jabez Bunting letter to the Secretaries of the Westminster Auxiliary Bible Society, London, 1823 April 22
10 Jabez Bunting letter to John S. Stamp, 1835 March 5
10 Jabez Bunting letter to “Dear Sir” declining an invitation to Waltham Cross, 1849 April 21
10 Three engraved portraits of Jabez Bunting, circa 1820-1850
11 William M. Bunting letter to “Dear Sir” with manuscript hymn text “The Christian renewing his covenant with God,” 1845 July 8
11 William M. Bunting letter to W. M. Punshon? 1864 January 12
11 William M. Bunting engraved portrait by J. H. Baker, circa 1850-1900
12 James Calvert letter to William M. Punshon concerning American claims on Fiji, 1868 March 26
13 James Caughey letter to Robert Pilter, 1846 February 18
14 Double letter:Samuel Coley letter to John Hartley, 1868 December 12; and John Hartley letter to Samuel Coley, 1868 December 9
14 Samuel Coley autograph, 1869 July 26
15 Thomas Collins letter to Richard Tabraham, 1836 May 13
15 Typed transcription of a Thomas Collins letter to Walter C. and Phoebe Palmer regarding their missionary work in England, 1861 August 14
Box Folder
03 01 James Creighton ordination certificate issued by John Cradock, Bishop of Kilmore, 1765 October 28
Box Folder
01 16 James Creighton letter to William Willoughby Cole, Lord Enniskillen, 1799 March 6
17 Sarah Crosby letter to “my Dear and Valuable Friend,” 1760 April
17 Sarah Crosby letter to Mrs. John Pawson, 1801 December 8
Box Folder
03 02 George Cubitt (Cubit?) letter to Thomas Marriott and Samuel Warren, 1823 May 17
02 George Cubitt (Cubit?) letter to George Birley, 1827 October 10
Box Folder
01 18 Rev. George Cubit engraved portrait by T. A. Dean after a painting by W. Gush, circa 1800-1850
19 W. H. Dallinger letter to W. M. Punshon, 1867 April 5
20 Mary Dawes manuscript regarding her religious experience, 1820?
21 William Dawson letter to John Hannah, 1833 February 8
21 William Dawson letter to Hugh Carter, 1838 December 20
21 William Dawson letter to Richard Tabraham, 1841 April 19
21 William Dawson engraved portrait published by H. Spink #x0026; Co., circa 1820-1880
22 Samuel Drew letter to printer Richard Edwards containing a manuscript copy of the preface to the third edition of An Essay on the Immateriality and Immortality of the Human Soul, 1811 March 19
22 Business letter to Samuel Drew, 1813 July 28
22 Samuel Drew letter to librarian George Burrel, circa 1820
22 Samuel Drew letter to “Dear Sir,” 1821 January 16
22 Samuel Drew engraved portrait by R. Hicks after a painting by J. Moore, 1833
22 Published obituaries of Samuel Drew, 1833
23 Joseph Entwisle letter to G. R. Chappell, 1833 September 12
24 Christmas Evans manuscript sermons in Welsh, circa 1780-1838
25 James Everett manuscript note referring to the Kilhamite controversy of 1796-1797, after 1827 February 5
25 James Everett letter to Thomas Marriott, 1836 January 18
25 James Everett letter to "My dear Friend," 1840 February 11
25 James Everett letter to "My dear Friend," 1840 November 6
25 James Everett letter to "My dear Friend," 1841 February 5
25 James Everett letter to J. E. Coulson, 1847 April 8
25 James Everett letter to Mrs. Mason, 1848 June 13
25 James Everett letter to W. Heaton, 1849 August 25
26 James Falshaw, Lord Provost of Edinburgh, letter to W. M. Punshon, 1877 January 16
27 Thomas Farmer autograph, 1843 August 31
Box Folder
03 03 Thomas Farmer letter to Richard Tabraham, 1848, March 9
Box Folder
01 27 Thomas Farmer obituary, Wesleyan Missionary Notices, 1876 January
28 Benjamin Fawcett preaching license signed by Thomas Cartwright and James Floyd, 1740 March 7
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to “My Dear Brother,” 1742 March 27
28 Benjamin Fawcett ordination testimonial signed by Johannes Moore, Thomas Pearce, Philip Doddridge, and Samuel Stoddon, 1742 June 16
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to John Fawcell, 1742 July 24
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to John Fawcell, 1742 December 25
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to John Fawcell, 1743 October 15
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to John Fawcell, 1744 January 7
28 Benjamin Fawcett letter to or from Mr. Bond, 1751
Box Folder
03 04 Letter addressed to “Reverend Sir” (Benjamin Fawcett?) and document “The state of Mr. Fawcett’s and Mrs. Culverwell’s temporal affairs, as it stood February 1779,” 1779
Box Folder
01 28 Manuscript poem in memory of John Fawcett signed “J.W.N.,” 1782 August
29 James Fildes letter to Mary Fildes, 1835 February 25
30 Mary Bosanquet Fletcher letter to Thomas Rutherford, 1798 May 21
31 Henry H. Fowler letter to W. M. Punshon, circa 1880
32 John Gaulter letter to Jabez Bunting, 1800 July 8
33 J. Gostick letter to Samuel Coley, 1865 March 30
34 Algernon Graves letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 April 12
Box Folder
03 05 Walter Griffith letter to Jabez Bunting, 1808 February 19
Box Folder
01 35 Edmund Grindrod letter to Jabez Bunting, 1820 March 11
36 James Hamilton letter to "My dear sir," 1855 April 5
37 John W. Hanna letter to Mrs. E. Green, 1855 March 14
Box Folder
03 06 Rowland Hill parody of a theatrical playbill promoting “The Great Assiz, or Day of Judgement,” 1774 June 4 or later
Box Folder
02 01 Elijah Hoole letter to W. M. Punshon, 1872 May 3
02 Thomas Jackson letter to Jabez Bunting, 1824 September 29
03 George Lewis Jones, Bishop of Kilmore, letter of recommendation for James Creighton, 1783 September 30
04 Alexander Kilham letter to George Wall, 1792 October 12
Box Folder
03 07 Newspaper London Morning Chronicle, 1792 March 9
08 Newspaper [London] Star, 1793 October 2
Box Folder
02 05 Francis Lycett letter to S. D. Waddy, circa 1860-1880
06 Sir William McArthur, Lord Mayor of London, carte de visite, 1881
07 Oliver McCutcheon letter to Charles B. Galloway, 1892 May 14
08 George Brown MacDonald letter to "My dear sir," 1858 September 8
09 James McDonald letter to Joshua Fielden, 1815 April 19
10 John McDonald letter to unknown (W. M. Punshon?), 1881 April 7
11 Peter McKenzie letter to A. Beaumont, 1875 August 23
12 John McLean letter to “My Dear brother” Powell (Thomas Powell?), 1836 March 24
13 George Marsden letter to Jabez Bunting, 1830 July 1
13 George Marsden letter to George Peck, 1849? March 19
14 W. Marten letter to James Creighton, 1781 August 1
15 Charles Moore letter to Mr. Holcroft, 1795 January 15
16 Henry Moore engraved portrait by W. T. Fry, circa 1804-1823
16 Henry Moore letter to the Wesleyan missionary in Barbados, 1821 January 10
16 Henry Moore letter to the Methodist Conference at Sheffield, 1835 July 17
17 George Morley letter to Jabez Bunting, 1804 March 14
18 Elizabeth Mortimer letter to Sarah Maclardie Bunting, 1806 February 21
19 Joseph Mullens letter to W. M. Punshon, 1875 January 17
20 John Newton letter to John Wesley, 1765 April 18
21 Joseph Parker letter to Morley Punshon, 1880 February 2
22 Henry Parkes letter to Edward Gayer Andrews, 1894 March 29
23 William Morley Punshon manuscript notes on Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Exeter Hall Lecture, 1857 February
23 William Morley Punshon autograph, circa 1850-1880
23 William Morley Punshon carte de visite, circa 1860-1881
24 Allen Rees letter to Charles B. Galloway, 1892 May 13
24 Allen Rees letter to Edward Gayer Andrews, 1894 March 24
24 Allen Rees letter to Edward Gayer Andrews, 1894 May 2
25 W. H. Rule letter to W. M. Punshon, 1879 October 26
26 Nathaniel Scarlett letter to James Creighton, 1797 December 5
26 Nathaniel Scarlett letter to James Creighton, 1798 March 19
27 George Shadford letter to Samuel Bardsley, 1779? December 24
28 Barnabas Shaw letter to Thomas Galland, 1842 July
29 James Sherman letter to Thomas Raffles, 1845 March 25
30 John Sunday letter to “Brother Lord” (William Lord?), 1836 September 2
31 J. Sutton manuscript note concerning 1780 October 3
32 Henry Taft letter to Zacharias Taft, 1818 April 27
Henry Taft portrait engraved by Hall after a painting by Jackson, circa 1800-1850
33 Mary Tatham letter to Miss Wilson, 1800 May 24
34 Joseph Taylor letter to James Fildes, 1843 May 12
35 Thomas Taylor ordination certificate photocopy, 1792 April 5
36 John Telford letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1913 January 22
John Telford letter to John W. Hamilton, 1917 February
37 Thomas Thomason letter to James Creighton, 1803 September 27
38 William Thornton letter to James Fildes, 1846 October 2
39 Philip C. Turner letter to Mrs. Harmer, 1842? April 25
Box Folder
03 09 Luke Tyerman letter to R. H. Love, 1860 September 11
09 Luke Tyerman letter to R. H. Love, 1862 June 4
Box Folder
02 40 Thomas Vasey letter to Eliza Rodda, 1826 October 10
41 Samuel D. Waddy, Jr., letter to W. M. Punshon, 1855 December 11
42 Richard Watson letter to Mr. Fildes (James Fildes?), 1829 April
Richard Watson letter to John Emory, 1830 November 24
Box Folder
03 10 Winchester preaching house bond signed by Jasper Winscom, William Bannister, and William Seymour, circa 1780-1784
Box Folder
02 43 Bishop Christopher Wordsworth letter to W. M. Punshon, 1877 December 1