Collection on L. H. Wellesley Wesley
A Guide to the Collection
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.
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A List of Over Four Thousand Four Hundred Clergy of the Church of England who Desire the Contagious Diseases Acts to be Repealed.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.
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.
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[Identification of item], L. H. Wellesley Wesley correspondence, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.
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 .
Timothy S. G. Binkley, 2014.
Ada Negraru, 2014
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