Southern Methodist University

Collection on L. H. Wellesley Wesley

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Bridwell Library
Title: Collection on L. H. Wellesley Wesley
Dates: 1893-1914
Abstract: This manuscript collection comprises letters received by Rev. L. H. Wellesley Wesley (1844-1931) between 1893 and 1914. Rev. Wesley served vicarages in Hatchford, Worfield, and Daybrook, and established the Sandroyd School in 1888. The collection offers insights into the life of a British Anglican minister and educator who had family ties to Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, and Charles and John Wesley, founders of Methodism.
Accession No: Collection BridColl 02
Extent: 1 box (.5 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

British Anglican clergyman and educator Louis Herbert Wellesley Wesley, M. A. (1844-1931) was the son of Alfred and Anne Lilley Wesley and a relative of John Wesley (1703-1791) and Charles Wesley (1707-1788), the founders of Methodism. Wesley graduated from Durham University in 1867. He served as the vicar of Hatchford, Surrey, beginning in 1875 or 1876; of Worfield, Shropshire, starting in 1898; then of Daybrook, Nottinghamshire, from 1902 to 1906. In 1883 Rev. Wesley joined more than 4,400 Church of England clergymen in publicly opposing the Contagious Diseases Act.

As an educator, Rev. Wesley began tutoring students privately. In 1888 he opened a boys’ school at his home, Sandroyd House, near Cobham, Surrey. Wesley served as headmaster of Sandroyd School from 1888 until 1898. Wesley’s most famous student was Prince Charles Edward, second duke of Albany (1884–1954), grandson of Queen Victoria.

L. H. Wellesley Wesley married Lilian Octavia Seymour (1868-1905) in 1895 or 1896. They had one son, Charles Michael Wellesley Wesley (1898-1982).

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

Sources:

Stevenson, George J. Memorials of the Wesley Family: Including Biographical and Historical Sketches of All the Members of the Family for Two Hundred and Fifty Years. London: S.W. Partridge and Co, 1876.

A List of Over Four Thousand Four Hundred Clergy of the Church of England who Desire the Contagious Diseases Acts to be Repealed. Nottingham: Stevenson, Bailey, and Smith, 1883 and 1884.

“Preferments.” The Ecclesiastical Gazette, December 14, 1875.

“Through Our Exchanges.” Bruce Herald, January 6, 1891.

“Wellington’s Family Name Colley.” The New York Times, April 20, 1894.

Sandroyd School History webpage


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The L. H. Wellesley Wesley correspondence does not contain any letters written by Rev. Wesley. Instead all of the letters in the collection are incoming correspondence received over a period of twenty-one years. Most of the letters concern Wesley and Wellesley family history and relics. Nine letters were written by Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington (1849-1934). Each letter is accompanied by a typed transcription produced by Wanda Willard Smith. The collection contains three items that are not letters: a newspaper clipping reporting the death of Elizabeth Duchess of Wellington, a printed invitation to a celebration of the anniversary of Waterloo, and an autographed mailing wrapper.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains a single series:
Series 1: Incoming correspondence, 1893-1914

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.
Wesley family.
Wellesley family.
Letters -- England
Wellington, Arthur Charles Wellesley, Duke of, 1849-1934.
Wesley, L. H. Wellesley.

Related Materials

John Telford letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1913 January 22, Collection on Methodism in the United Kingdom and Ireland, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Collection on the Charles Wesley family, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Bridwell Library digital collection, Charles Wesley family materials


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], L. H. Wellesley Wesley correspondence, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1998

Processing Information

Processed 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: Incoming correspondence, 1893-1914

The materials in this lone series are arranged in chronological order. In addition to letters, this series includes a newspaper clipping reporting the death of Elizabeth Duchess of Wellington, a printed invitation to a celebration of the anniversary of Waterloo, and an autographed mailing wrapper.
Box Folder
01 01 J. H. Overton, Canon of Epworth, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1893 June 21
02 G. W. Kibling letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1895 February 18
03 R. Thursfield Smith letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1895 November 26
04 R. Thursfield Smith letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 May 7
05 W. A. Lindsay letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 June 14
06 W. A. Lindsay letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 June 18
07 A. S. Scott-Gatty letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 June 19
08 W. A. Lindsay letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 June 20
09 E. Lyttelton letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1900 July 9
10 R. Thursfield Smith letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1902 May 22
R. Thursfield Smith manuscript note regarding Wesley family letters, not dated, circa 1890-1910
11 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1903 June 15
12 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1904 August 15
13 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, telegram to L. H. Wellesley Wesley regarding the funeral of Elizabeth Duchess of Wellington, 1904 August 17
Morning Post news clipping “The Late Duchess of Wellington,” 1904 August 23
14 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1904 August 26
15 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1905 August 22
16 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1907 January 24
17 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, mailing wrapper from photographs sent to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1907 January 24
18 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1910 January 5
19 Arthur Charles Wellesley, Fourth Duke of Wellington, letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1913 January 14
20 Lord and Lady Raglan printed invitation to a Waterloo Day celebration, 1913 June 18
21 George C. Hitt letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1913 December 1
22 George C. Hitt letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1914 January 7
23 J. Conder Nattrass letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1914 April 13
24 Arthur Lewis letter to L. H. Wellesley Wesley, 1914 November 9